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Species at Risk

Stinkpot Turtle

Sternotherus odoratus

How can I help?

It is important to keep shorelines natural. When developing shoreline property set aside an area that is natural, and refrain from impacting aquatic vegetation found in the water adjacent to your property that provides critical habitat for stinkpot turtles. If you own an altered shoreline there are also ways in which to return all of it- or part of it- to a more natural setting.

For information on healthy shorelines you can access the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Shore Primer website.

It is important to retain wetland areas in Ontario to promote the recovery of stinkpot turtles. Many wetland areas have been removed in Ontario, so it is important that landowners value and protect their remaining wetland ecosystems. For more information on wetlands visit Environment Canada’s website : Working around wetlands? What you should know .

Stinkpot turtle swimming in shallow water.
Stinkpot turtles depend highly on natural shoreline habitat for nesting. Parks Canada and its partners currently work on restoring and maintaining shorelines and wetlands, the critical habitat of the stinkpot turtle.
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