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Protect Species At Risk

Help ensure endangered reptiles remain in your watershed for generations to come.


"Until we can ensure sustainable populations, we'll continue to do the work that needs to be done," says Species at Risk Biologist, Scott Gillingwater.


"We're at a crossroads, though—the next 10 years are critical for the species but we're facing government funding that is unpredictable or not available at all."

Your generous support will:
  • prevent extinctions by saving turtle eggs and releasing hatchlings into local rivers,

  • create homes for endangered reptiles by building and conserving local habitat,

  • ensure long-term research and monitoring of local species at risk,

  • provide educational opportunities for community members,

  • empower local residents to become stewards of the land they own or use, and

  • build capacity within the community by creating jobs and volunteer opportunities.

Did you know?

Research has shown that close to 100% of unprotected turtle nests along the Thames River and other local rivers never hatch, due to human impacts, flooding, and predators.

"SOARR is making a difference for Southern Ontario's at-risk reptiles and helping many declining populations pull back from the brink," says Scott.

Releasing Turtle Hatchlings into the Thames River - August 2023
Stream Study Part 2
#WatershedWednesday 12
Saving Spiny Softshell Turtle
Thames Reptiles: Part 1
Spiny Softshell Turtle Hatchlings
Spiny Softshell Turtle
New Location for Spiny Softshell Turtle

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