Summer is around the corner, and so are we! Biosphere staff are looking forward to another season of road ecology surveys throughout the region. You can expect to see staff on the following:
- Conservation Drive in Carling Township,
- Skerryvore Road and Healey Lake Road in The Township of The Archipelago, and
- 12 Mile Bay Road in The Township of Georgian Bay.
In teams of two, staff will bike the length of the road weekly to locate reptiles crossing or using the corridor, including nesting turtles! This information helps identify “hotspots” or common crossing points within sensitive areas. These sites become recommended areas for infrastructure improvements to better protect reptiles in the Biosphere.
Please keep an eye out for Biosphere staff biking on these roads from May to September, especially when driving over hills and around corners. Our team wears high-visibility gear and makes frequent stops.
As we all travel through the Biosphere this summer, keep an eye out for wildlife and please maintain a safe speed that will allow you to brake in time for animals on the road.
Want to get involved or looking for something to do at the cottage? See what you can find around the Biosphere (not only reptiles!). Participate in this project by submitting photos of wildlife or plants to our iNaturalist project.