Protector boxes for Mikinaak (turtle) are ready! Let’s help out our Mikinaak in Curve Lake!

Protector boxes are ready for Mikinaak (turtle) nests!

If you see a turtle laying eggs or find a nest in Curve Lake or on any of our islands, please Krista Coppaway, Environmental Coordinator a call at 705-657-8045 ext. 235 (Mon to Fri – 8:30 am to 4:30 pm), email or 705-761-9803 (evenings and weekends).

We will be documenting (GPS and photographing) where they are nesting and their habitat to help protect them and increase the populations.

In the future, we are hoping to acquire an incubator so we can harvest the eggs from the nests to let them hatch in a safe protected location and release back into our community once they are ready. This species at risk initiative will also be used for education purposes with community and our school and if possible, keep some eggs as traditional food for our Elders and community members.

If you want to build your own protector box, please take a look through the photos on how to make them. The last two photos have the list of materials and instructions on how to make the boxes. They cost about $10 in material so inexpensive way to help out our turtles.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer with our species at risk initiatives, please contact Krista Coppaway at 705-657-8045 or