This week we are featuring the Midland Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta ssp. marginata) as our #SpeciesOfTheWeek. The Midland Painted Turtle is one of five turtles that call Murphys Point home and can be distinguished from other turtles based on a few different characteristics. For starters, the shell of the Painted Turtle is much flatter than other turtle species and the red and yellow markings along the shell and body look much like paint strokes. One of the main factors impacting the decline of turtle species is their late maturity. For the Midland Painted Turtle, it can take upwards of six years for the males to reach sexual maturity and around six to ten years for females. As such, every turtle counts when only 0.001% of hatchlings make it to maturity. From as early as mid-August to late September, turtle eggs may begin to hatch so keeping an eye out on roadways is an important step to protect these threatened species.
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MINE TOURS AND OTHER PROGRAMSYes…there will be Silver Queen Mine Tours this summer!The park is planning to have guided tours on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10am. Sundays will feature the regular Open House at the mine (10am to noon). The first tour will be Canada Day (July 1).Registration for all guided tours will open Monday, June 27. Space is limited so you must pre-register at the gatehouse or call 613-267-5060. Registration is not required for the open houses.ALSO!Evening Programs will be Saturday nights, starting in July. The time will change based on our daylight hours.Snake Talks will be every day at 2pm outside the visitor centre, starting Canada Day.Exploration stations, prop tables, and Kids programs will be advertised the week of on our program boards.Stay tuned for a great summer!
For the latest information on COVID-19 precautions and available amenities at Murphys Point (services, facilities, attractions) during the 2022 season, be sure to check https://www.ontarioparks.com/park/murphyspoint.
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