Let us emerge and sun ourselves

The sure signs of spring: Turtles start to paint the town red.

  • Apr. 2, 2013 5:00 p.m.
Stewart Wilson photographed this Western Painted Turtle at Elizabeth Lake on Saturday afternoon

Stewart Wilson photographed this Western Painted Turtle at Elizabeth Lake on Saturday afternoon

The Cranbrook area’s population of Western Painted Turtles is out and about.  In the spring, when the water reaches 15–18 degrees Celsius (59–64 degrees Fahrenheit), the turtles begin actively foraging, after their winter’s hibernation buried at the bottom of the lake.