Think Turtle Conservation Initiative (TTCI), founded in 2018 is an award winning volunteer group engaged in provincial awareness initiatives and species recovery efforts in Bancroft and neighboring communities. Utilizing evidence-based information and data in support of its mission TTCI works with community leaders, organizational representatives and concerned citizens to drive change and build partnerships in pursuit of strategies to protect Ontario's turtles from the threat of extinction.
The following are some of the types of work we engage in each year ...
EDUCATION & AWARENESS INITIATIVES
Turtle talks, public events, literature distribution, information sharing online and through community resources.
Organizing the annual 'Crafting 4 Turtles' initiative to raise funds for the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre (OTCC) home of Ontario's turtle hospital.
Collecting sightings data to identify road mortality hot spots and locations interim and permanent mitigation measures would effectively reduce turtle mortality.
Fielding phone calls, texts and online turtle related inquiries from anywhere in Ontario to offer guidance and troubleshoot turtle and habitat concerns.
Scheduled site visits and consultation to promote best practice stewardship.
Supplier of Watch 4 Turtles awareness signs and car magnets.
Hosting and organizing various events, contests, campaigns and fundraisers.
Small scale shoreline and terrestrial habitat clean-up.
Scheduled site visits and consultation for habitat enhancement, e.g. artificial turtle nesting habitat or basking sites.
SPECIES RECOVERY EFFORTS
Patrolling turtle road crossing hot spots and assisted turtle road crossings.
Patrolling nest sites and installing turtle nest protectors on property meeting permitted criteria..
Supplier of turtle nest protectors.
Assisting in arranging rides for injured turtles to get to Ontario's turtle hospital, Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre.