Thank you for helping us keep turtles off Cootes Drive!

Thank you so much to everyone who helped us reach and surpass our goal of $900! Together you raised $1,008 for Hamilton’s turtles in one week! We’ll be setting a date in the next two weeks to put up the turtle fence and we’ll be sure to let everyone know when that is. Thank you cards and rewards will be fulfilled later this week. In the meantime, please accept our sincere thanks for your incredible support!

Help us keep turtles off Cootes Drive this spring as they move from Cootes Paradise to nesting beds along Spencer Creek and back again! Our partners at the Royal Botanical Gardens installed silt fencing along the Cootes Paradise side of Cootes Drive in 2012 with great success.

Now we’re looking for donations so that staff and volunteers can install silt fencing along the Spencer Creek side of the road. This fencing will help new turtle families find their way back to Cootes Paradise under the Spencer Creek bridge and keep them off of Cootes Drive.

With $900, we’ll be able to buy materials to build an eco-friendly and effective barrier that helps turtles complete their journey from Cootes Paradise to their Spencer Creek nesting beds and back again!

Why this is so important!

These are long lived turtles, some reaching 70 years of age or more and like us they are not mature enough to breed until they are teenagers. The loss of one adult turtle has a devastating effect on the population as a whole. Volunteer data from Dundas Turtle Watch shows that between 2009 and 2012 over 25 turtles have been killed along this section of Cootes Drive seriously hampering collective efforts to protect Hamilton’s biodiversity.

Why now?

We need your support by April 4th so that we can have the silt fencing installed before nesting season begins at the end of April! Otherwise this means another season of turtle mortality on Cootes Drive.

What happens if we exceed our campaign goal?

Any donations received above and beyond our fundraising goal will go to the Dundas Valley Conservation Fund which supports other local wildlife habitat restoration and monitoring projects.

Project Map

Silt fencing:

Image of six turtles following silt fence to safety.
Image Source: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Species at Risk Branch

Silt fencing provides an affordable, unobtrusive and eco-friendly way to keep reptiles and amphibians out of hazard areas.