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PHOTOS: Turtle-y awesome celebration in Shuswap’s White Lake

White Lake Residents Association hosts its second annual White Lake Turtle Festival

It was a turtle-y awesome weekend in White Lake with the return of a community celebration of its resident Western painted turtles.

On Saturday, April 13, the White Lake Residents Association (WRLA) hosted its second annual White Lake Turtle Festival at the White Lake Community Hall. The festival’s motto was “Learn. Enjoy. Protect.” Its focus was to educate and raise awareness around Western painted turtles, with an emphasis on keeping turtle hatchlings safe as they make their way across local roads towards the lake.

“This festival is our way to bring awareness to the need to care for our turtles at White Lake,” said WRLA spokesperson Kathleen Ludwig in a media release. “Western painted turtles are at risk, mainly due to predators and to being killed on the roads. The baby hatchlings are very small, about the size of a toonie, so it is hard to see them if you are driving fast.”

The event included informative slide presentations by WildBC educator Peter Ballin, music, crafts, vendors and more.

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Lachlan Labere

About the Author: Lachlan Labere

Editor of the Salmon Arm Observer, Shuswap Market, and Eagle Valley News. I'm always looking for new and exciting ways to keep our readers informed and engaged.
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