Why does the turtle cross the road? Find out at workshop

Columnist Brenda Dredge urges motorists to watch for turtles crossing the road. Postmedia Network

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WATERFORD Norfolk County is rich in biodiversity and is home to Ontario’s Priority Place, which includes the Long Point Biosphere, Big Creek National Wildlife Area and the marshes of Turkey Point.

In Waterford, we have a number of our own marsh areas that are frequented by the area’s turtle population. Often, they can be seen casually strolling across the road and into the marshy areas that border Thompson Road.

Road signs warns drivers: “Slow Turtle Crossing.” It is important to heed that warning and be on the lookout for the shelled reptiles. I have been known to stop and encourage a turtle or two to get to the other side – in one piece. We need to conserve all creatures because they all serve a purpose in the local eco-system.

If you would like to learn more about local strategies that protect wildlife from the threats of roads, then you will want to attend an upcoming workshop. On Sept. 26, members of the Road Ecology Group will host a Turtle Conservation Workshop in the north room at Waterford’s Old Town Hall. It will be led by group members Rick Levick and Mandy Karsh. Bernie Solymar  of the Simcoe Research Station has been assisting with raising community awareness of the issue.

The workshop, which starts at 6:30 p.m., is free but registration is required. You can sign up by visiting www.eventbrite.ca (Event: Roads & Wildlife) or emailing ontarioroadecologygroup@gmail.com.

A second workshop is scheduled for Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon at the South Walsingham Hall, 2070 Main St., Walsingham. Again you must pre-register.

Pub night at Old Town Hall

Old Town Hall’s will hold its pub night this month on Sept. 19.

Rutherford and Rose will perform downstairs in the gallery from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and then will move to the upper hall for a performance from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Special guests be The Fishnettes. The female group will be on the upper hall stage from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission to their show is $20.

As always, there will be local wine and beer for sale, as well as appetizers provided by Gibbled Goose.

To order advance tickets for The Fishnettes, call 519-443-0113 or visit www.oldtownhall.org/events/tickets.

Brenda Dredge is a freelance writer who lives in Waterford. E-mail her at brenda.dredge@sympatico.ca.