Fix and Release explores the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre, a small turtle trauma centre in Peterborough Ontario Canada as it fights to even the odds for survival that freshwater turtles face in a modern world. Most turtle species in Canada are endangered due to loss of habitat and collisions with cars and boats. Dr. Sue Carstairs leads a team of dedicated staff and volunteers as they develop their own groundbreaking approach to reptile medicine. This visually beautiful film shows turtles in a way that few have seen before - highlighting their amazing ability to recover from catastrophic injury and hinting that these ancient creatures may be more complex than previously thought. Turtles are vital for healthy wetlands and every saved turtle makes a difference. As Dr. Carstairs says, “We are saving the world one turtle at a time”.
Putting broken turtles back together, letting them heal, and then releasing them back into their wetland homes touches something very deep. I have experienced it first hand. It's a ton of fun, there is the satisfaction of helping an ancient species survive, and it’s a spark of hope in what often appears overwhelming environmental darkness. At the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre they do this every day. Lucky them.
Turtles have been doing the same things for a very very long time. Its how they have survived. But today their greatest challenge is the impact that humans are having not only on their environment but also on their “eco passage”, that is their basic instinctual mobility. Our roads and use of waterways dissect their trails often with deadly results. Turtle trauma surgery is something that most people have never heard of but it serves as a great inspiration to get involved and have a positive impact on our world. If we protect turtles then they will help protect the water. The Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre does more than just put turtles back together. They train other facilities; they do educational outreach, and are involved in finding ways to help turtles have save passage. There are lots of ways to help turtles no matter where you live. I hope the dedication you see in this film inspires you to find out what you can do to help and then I will say, “lucky you”!