The tall limestone cliffs and turquoise water of the Bruce Peninsula provide a variety of recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Credit: Scott Parker
Sharing information on Best Management Practices is an important part of collaboration between the individuals, communities, watershed groups and governmental agencies at work for Lake Huron. Credit: BPBA
Exposed limestone bluffs at Cave Point, Bruce Peninsula.
Rocky islands of eastern Georgian Bay. Photo credit: Ellen Perschbacher
Southern Ontario agriculture along Lake Huron’s southeast shore. Credit: Daniel Holm Photography
Sand beach and dune complexes are found along the southeastern shores, such as those pictured here near Pinery Provincial Park. Credit: Daniel Holm Photography
Lake Huron waters support a thriving agricultural sector, particularly in the southeastern portion of the watershed. Credit: Daniel Holm Photography
Volunteers engaged in stream restoration efforts in a Lake Huron tributary. Photo credit: MSIA
Rocky islands of eastern Georgian Bay. Photo credit: Ellen Perschbacher
The St. Marys River flows from Lake Superior to Lake Huron, contributing 8 billion liters/hour to the receiving basin in Lake Huron. Photo credit: Mark Chambers

Tale of 1000 Turtles – CNPP

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In 2019 the eastern coast of Georgian Bay was selected as a “Community Nominated Priority Place” (CNPP). During 2020, Skerryvore Community Road was deemed a priority due to the extensive culvert replacement work needed and known reptile abundance. The Biosphere team worked with the TOA, Shawanaga First Nation, Tatham Engineering Limited, and Hall’s Construction to mitigate the project impacts and improve reptile safety post-construction. Strategies include using a cobble fill instead of sand near wetlands to discourage turtle nesting there, creating new nesting zones away from the road, and removing and incubating turtle eggs. Over 1,100 turtle eggs were collected and housed until after they hatched, each turtle was safely released to their original wetland. Another significant project component has been the incorporation of Indigenous traditional knowledge into both the project as a whole and daily work through semma offerings, ceremony, and storytelling during release events.

Nearest city or town: Township of the Archipelago
Project start date: June 1, 2020

Project focus: Combination of Education, Restoration, and Monitoring
Project contact: Tianna Burke

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