Land Trust Publishes New Reptile Guide

– Local conservation group also launches new online nature sightings board

 (Port Rowan, Ontario.)  Building on the success of its Gardening with Native Plants guide, Long Point Basin Land Trust has launched a second biodiversity handbook tailored to southern Ontario’s Carolinian Region. Conserving Carolinian Reptiles: A Biodiversity Handbook is a 60-page, full colour publication written with nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts in mind. Profusely illustrated with over 150 photos, it is a comprehensive identification guide to all Ontario reptiles, with additional information about conservation and the Carolinian Region.

 Conserving Carolinian Reptiles introduces the reptiles of Ontario, and provides information on conservation issues. The publication includes: an overview of Carolinian Region; information and photographs for all Ontario reptile species; a summary of threats to reptile populations; examples of reptile conservation projects; and, information on how people can help conserve reptiles. Cost: $10, plus shipping/handling if applicable. Free to local schools and libraries. Conserving Carolinian Reptiles and Gardening with Native Plants are available from select local merchants or through the Long Point Basin Land Trust. Visit LPBLT’s website ( or Facebook page for information.

 Long Point Basin Land Trust has also added a “Nature Sightings Board” to its website so nature enthusiasts can read and share wildlife sightings and experiences. This is a great place to ask questions, post stories, report bird and nature sightings, and to upload photos. Visit and follow the link to see what is being reported today!

 With spring here, LPBLT is again encouraging the public to report sightings of turtles and snakes through its reporting program. Observations can be made quickly and easily on the group’s website. Results help develop local conservation strategies.

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 For more information, please visit: or email Gregor Beck:

Long Point Basin Land Trust: P.O. Box 468, Port Rowan, ON N0E 1M0

Follow Long Point Basin Land Trust on Twitter (@lpblt) or become a fan on Facebook        

Long Point Basin Land Trust is a charitable non-governmental organization which protects and restores important natural habitats in the central Carolinian Region. It promotes conservation through outreach, research, habitat restoration and species at risk recovery. The Land Trust owns several nature reserves and works with landowners and conservation groups to steward natural areas.

Long Point Basin Land Trust’s conservation programs area supported by individuals, foundations, businesses and governmental agencies. Support for the biodiversity handbooks has been gratefully received from Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources’ Species at Risk Stewardship Fund, John & Pat McCutcheon Charitable Foundation, Shell Environmental Fund and individuals.

Conserving Carolinian Reptiles is available through the Land Trust or the following outlets:

 Bird Studies Canada (115 Front Street, Port Rowan; 519-586-3531)

  • Long Point Bird Observatory Field Station/BSC (Old Cut Boulevard, Long Point; 519-586-3531)
  • Port Rowan Good News (8 Church Street, Port Rowan; 519-586-2291; weekday mornings)
  • St. Williams Nursery & Ecology Centre (885, Hwy 24, St. Williams; 519-586-9116)
  • Long Point Eco-Adventures (1730 Front Road near Turkey Point; 1-877-743-8687)
  • South Coast Gardens Nursery (1634 Front Road near Turkey Point; 519-586-8657; weekends)
  • Landon Flora (372 Norfolk Street South, Simcoe; 519-429-3104)
  • Tan-Mar Shoppe (347 Main Street, Port Dover; 519-583-0979)
  • Featherfields: The Bird and Garden Store (1570 Hyde Park Rd. Unit #5 London, ON; 519-474-1165)
  • Friends of Rondeau Park (Rondeau Provincial Park; 519-674-1777)
  • Long Point Provincial Park office/store (Long Point; 519-586-2133)