Friday, August 3, 2012
Wetlands area in Greenbelt (Ottawa)
Just 15 minutes south of Parliament Hill, in the nation's capital you can find the Ottawa Greenbelt. A place where the federal and municipal governments have managed to preserve local biodiversity and habitat integrity, their contribution to the future.
- Medeola Woods (Ottawa’s largest, stand of old growth trees)
- Monarch Waystation (City of Ottawa, owned)
- SAR Turtles found in wetland areas (Map, Painted and now Snapping)
Eight species of turtles live in the Province of Ontario. Four of these species live in the Leitrim wetlands. This habitat contains: Blanding’s Turtles (THR), Northern Map Turtles (SC), Painted Turtles and Snapping Turtles. While all four of these species are special, 2 of them are on the Province and Federal Species at Risk list.
With the help of the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, the Blanding’s Turtle wetlands (Sawmill creek Tributaries 8, 9, 10) was added as part of the overall Sawmill Creek clean up crusade.
(Above map of area in between Hunt Club and Leitrim - Uplands to Bank - shows turtle sightings, etc. )
Taken from Ottawa Urban Turtle Sanctuary Presentation: Finding and fighting for road-free refuges
in the National Capital Region (2008 or 2009 presentation?)