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Turtles in the News

Tortoise in Peril

"The desert tortoise was listed as a threatened species in 1990. Habitat loss, disease, predation and other factors have already reduced the number of tortoises drastically-- up to 90% in some cases. Now ravens are eating baby tortoises, reducing the odds of tortoise survival as a species. This film explores that impact pointing out how people can change the environment through their actions." — Timothy Branning

Click Tortoise in Peril to view producer/director Timorthy Branning's compelling video.

20 April 2015: Ontario Court of Appeal says endangered turtles trump wind farms

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that a proposed nine-turbine wind farm in Prince Edward County would cause “serious and irreversible harm” to the Blanding’s turtle, sending the case back to the Environmental Review Tribunal to determine an appropriate remedy. Read the article...

7 April 2015: After the spill: Mystery of the vanishing Gulf of Mexico turtles

There's something amiss with iconic marine animals in the Gulf of Mexico: sea-turtle populations are in retreat, dolphins are in poor shape and whales are avoiding their usual hunting grounds. Read the article...

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