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Parks Canada’s Gift to the Earth

Recovering the Blanding’s Turtle at Kejimkujik National Park

The Blanding’s turtle is a semi-aquatic turtle that is endangered throughout much of its habitat in Nova Scotia. Now, thanks to Parks Canada, First Nations and other partners, the Blanding’s turtle population is being successfully expanded in Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site. In 2008, a special celebration marked the release of 34 turtles and saluted the efforts of more than 250 volunteers contributing 10,000 hours to species at risk work in Kejimkujik National Park. During Parks Canada’s centennial year, another 100 turtles will be released in the park.

Blanding’s turtle 
250 volunteers have contributed 10,000 hours
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