The boys and I have taken part in Turtle Tally for the past few years. It is a research program through the Toronto Zoo aimed at gathering information to help preserve and protect native species of Ontario turtles. (They also run Frog Watch). Basically, every time you see a turtle, you log into their web site and record where and when you saw the turtle, what it was doing, photos if you were able to get them, etc. When you register they send you some great identification sheets to help you figure out what kind of turtle you are seeing, and you can access their data on line as well. The boys have loved being involved in 'real science', and have definitely developed a love of turtles.
Today Turtle Tally hosted their annual appreciation day at the Toronto Zoo. We heard all about the results of the data gathered this year, saw some great photos, and learned a lot about he wild life that you can still find in our part of the province.