Biologist Andrea Gielens speaks about Western Painted Turtles.
The Western Painted turtle is the only remaining of two native turtle species in British Columbia. Once abundant, its numbers are decreasing in part due to fragmented and small populations. The genetically distinct Coastal populations are listed as Endangered provincially with only two self sustaining populations, and 22 occupied sites. Of these remaining populations there are limited numbers of individuals with distinct South Coast alleles, with this number declining annually.
The Coastal Painted Turtle Project has been assessing populations, mitigating threats and restoring habitat for 10 years and in 2012 established a successful head starting program. Rearing and releasing individuals results in animals with an increased chance of survival, earlier age of sexual maturity, increased population numbers and the formation of self sustaining populations at historical and restored sites.
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