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Turtle Crossing Mi/ga/on Measures

City of Kingston, Presenta1on to the EITP Commi7ee
March 5, 2014

By Ma; Wheeler, Ecologist, McIntosh Perry

Photo by: Matt Wheeler

Study Overview
Society for Conserva/on Biology

Four loca)ons in the City of Kingston were monitored (2012/2013) by the
Society for Conserva)on Biology (SCB) to document incidents of turtle
mortality.


McIntosh Perry Report

•  Summarized the SCB turtle mortality.
•  Provided an overview of exis)ng site condi)ons.
•  Consulted with regulatory agencies to obtain background informa)on on
the four loca)ons.
•  Reviewed mi)ga)on measures u)lized to reduce turtle road morality in
other jurisdic)ons.
•  Presented reasonable and prac+cal methods to reduce turtle road
mortality.



Study Area

Study Area
Highway 2-Westbrook

Study Area
Bath Road at Tanner Drive


Study Area
Front Road

Study Area
Princess Street at Via Rail

Kingston Turtle Species Impacted By Road Mortality
Photo by: Matt Wheeler

Photo by: Shaun McIntosh

Blanding’s Turtle

Midland Painted Turtle

Photo by: Matt Wheeler

Common Snapping Turtle

Context: A Changing Landscape

Habitat Loss
•  By area Frontenac County has lost 69.7% of wetlands that existed pre-seSlement (c. 1800).1


• 

Photo by: Matt Wheeler

We have lost significant amounts of wetlands in Southern Ontario . The remaining wetlands are
become increasingly important habitats for freshwater aqua)c turtles.

Increased Density of Road Networks
•  From 1935 to 1995 Ontario’s road networks expanded from 7,133 km to more than 35,637 km.
This has led to nega)ve impacts to turtle species 2.
1. 
2. 

Ducks Unlimited Canada (2010) Final Report; Southern Ontario Wetland Conversion Analysis. Accessed online January 29, 2014. Available at;
hSp://www.ducks.ca/provincial-news/2010/10/new-report-shows-wetland-loss-ontario-con)nues-alarming-rate/
Toronto Zoo (2010) Ontario Road Ecology Group, A Guide to Road Ecology in Ontario. Prepared for the Environment Canada Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk. Accessed online
September 16, 2013. Available at: hSp://www.torontozoo.com/pdfs/oreg/OREG_FINAL_110526_for_download.pdf

Turtle Road Mortality Results

Location

Turtle Species Were Not
Identified

Blanding Turtle

Mortality Total

Unknown Turtle

Midland Painted Turtle

Snapping Turtle

Blanding Turtle

Mortality Total

Data Collected by the Society Turtle Mortality Data Collected
for Conservation Biology*
by McIntosh Perry**

Snapping Turtle

Data Collected by the Society
for Conservation Biology

Midland Painted Turtle

2013 Turtle Mortality Data

Unknown Turtle

2012 Turtle Morality Data

Highway #2-Westbrook Over
Collins Creek

11

0

4

2

0

6

0

3

3

0

6

Princess Street Bridge (over the
train tracks/Via Rail)

5

1

4

1

0

6

0

1

0

0

1

Bath Road at Tanner Drive
(Ramekins and Prison)

1

2

0

3

0

5

0

0

0

0

0

Front Road at King Street West
(Train Tracks/Bridge)

4

4

6

1

0

11

0

0

1

0

1


• 

Mortality rates must be considered for their long term impacts to popula)ons;
SCB data provides a very useful snapshot in )me.


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