The story of this newly hatched snapping turtle.
When I arrived this morning at one of the protected turtle nests... devastation.
An animal had dug under the wires and baby snapping turtles were littered all around the nest, most on their back.
With my camera I zoomed in on individual turtles and noticed this little one moving. (photo 1)
With permission, I turned the little snapper around. He didn't look good (photo 2), by then he had probably be on his back for hours.
As time went on, he regained his strength and I think his determination to survive was written on his face. (photo 3)
He did take rests while struggling forward (photo 4) but ...he was going the wrong way. He went towards the road instead of going towards the water.
When he was close to me, I placed him in a cup and brought him closer to the water. He crawled forward and after awhile he turned sideways and looked at me ( at least that is what I like to think ;-) (photo 5) a few minutes later he soldiered on and disappeared.
Of course I want to think he'll survive after such a start in live. :-)
At the end we were able to help 5 towards the water, but this guy (and one other, but that is a different story) stood out.
Around midday I found out that our friends on Harbour Street needed help with the never ending "flooding in Brighton" saga.
With the lake still rising and strong waves, sandbag walls were breached.
What I learned today:
1) Sandbag walls should not be built as one row, they will collapse as the walls need to handle the wave activities and rising water for weeks.
2) Great people are sandbagging and building sandbag walls, without any personal benefit or return, except that they are helping strangers protecting their house.
3) It's worst than I thought and if the lake is still rising and winds getting stronger, more community members are needed to step up. Many seniors living in these houses can't do it by themselves.
4) How to help with sandbagging? Show up, team up, fill up!
I went to have a look at Gosport today. Municipality has brought sand and sandbags to the Gosport parking lot and people were surrounding their houses with them. Some places are flooded badly, hopefully the wind and rain will stay away.
Piping Plover #072 has arrived to a very wet Presqu'ile Beach. #072 is the male Plover who nested on Presqu'ile Beach last year when, after a 100 year hiatus, Presqu'ile saw 3 Piping Plover chicks on their beach during the summer of 2016.
It is more important than ever that people keep their dogs off the beach at this time.
Audrey was able to visit North Captiva Island on March 28th and #238 was still present among a flock of 27 Piping Plovers, mostly Great Plains PIPL, with a few Great Lakes ones.
Among the Great Lakes was Wasaga Beach Piping Plover #112, hatched in 2016. For more info about #112 https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1872531629685533&id=1493556517583048
David Jones, who visited on March 16th North Captiva Island, has taken many pictures of #238. A funny sequence is when #238 sneaks up to another PIPL and surprises it. Here is a link to the photos.
The photos attached are Audrey's from March 28th. Thanks Audrey for the photos, the information and keeping us posted.
Will be interesting to see if #238 and siblings will return to Presqu'ile Beach this spring.
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