By Bruce Deachman, Ottawa Citizen
...“They’re one of the longest-lived freshwater turtles,” says Auge, “so there’s some knowledge in them.”
Beyond simply their research value, Auge says the turtles significantly contribute to the biodiversity of the region. “That, by itself, is important. They’re predators, while their eggs and hatchlings are eaten by other predators. They play an important role in the ecosystem, and for that reason alone it’s important not to let them die off.”
Unfortunately, that’s precisely what’s happening.