With projects after projects after lab reports I haven't had much time to post my photo from this month but I have found some time between classes to look for wildlife in and around campus.
While on campus I found a painted turtle in one of my spots. He seemed rather lethargic and didn't try to escape when I picked him up. I also noticed he was covered in leaches so I removed them with my multi-tool. Because of his lethargic behaviour I considered taking him to the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre but decided to leave him and come back to see if his behaviour has changed. I went to take some photos of some arthropods before returning to find the turtle in the water. He was swimming rather awkwardly and lop-sided but still swimming.
I went back to the spot I saw the turtle and found him upside down in among some rocks covered in fire ants. I also noticed that he had some injuries close to the base of his neck that looked as if they were from some sort of parasite. The injuries were on the opposite side the leaches from before were on. I also know it was the same turtle as he had the same scute pattern on his underbelly (some scutes darker then others). I then took him to the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre where they will look him over before returning him to his point of origin.
For the weekend I headed to Port Hope for their Vintage Film Festival where I saw such films as Psycho and many other classic movies with my good friend Adam. I also saw many large fish in the river which were brown trout heading up river to spawn as there were hundreds of them getting caught trying to go over the small waterfalls that make up the river. I was also planning on looking for salamanders to see if any where in the area. The soil in Port Hope is deemed radioactive and the town has the largest amount of low-level radioactive waste in the country, this means that if there are any amphibians in the area they could be considered radioactive even if they don't look any different from populations elsewhere. I was disappointed in not finding any herptiles. Salamanders are very sensitive to environmental changes and something radioactive would likely have killed off the population.