The Missisquoi Museum presents Mr. Porcinet, the Spiny Softshell Turtle

    MONTREAL, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - Nature Conservancy, in collaboration with the
Missisquoi Museum and the Granby Zoo, a refreshing and out of common exhibit
Save our turtles! This exhibit focuses on turtles found in the Missisquoi Bay
Watershed, a region particularly conducive to their habitats. From the eight
species of freshwater listed in Quebec, six of them are rare or in precarious
situation, including the Spiny Softshell Turtle, an endangered species found
only in this sector, in the Quebec habitat range.
    For over a decade, Nature Conservancy works to protect the Spiny
Softshell Turtle and seeks to educate the public about the protection and
improvement of its habitat. In addition to the land acquisition corresponding
to critical habitat, Nature Conservancy is an official member of The Recovery
Team and participates actively in the implementation of the intervention plan
in Lake Champlain. The education and awareness activities are an important
part of the strategies to protect the species. By learning to differentiate
the Spiny Softshell Turtle of other turtles, to recognize its environment, as
well as identify threats to this species, the public will be in a position to
contribute to its preservation.
    This very unique temporary exhibition will be held from September 1st to
26th 2008. The official launch will take place Saturday September 13th at
13:00, graciously offered by the Missisquoi Museum. Moreover, a specialist
from the Granby Zoo will be there to answer questions and give the public more
information, only this day, from 12 pm to 16 pm. A living specimen, Mr.
Porcinet, will then be featured.
    Come discover our beautiful turtles, learn about their biology, their
habitat and their threats. Find out how to recognize and protect them!

    Missisquoi Museum is located in Stanbridge East, Quebec in the beautiful
Eastern Townships. It is owned and operated by the Missisquoi Historical
Society. The Museum is actually a complex of three buildings and the main
collection is housed in the Cornell Mill. In 1964, the Missisquoi Historical
Society purchased the mill and established the Missisquoi Museum. The history
of Missisquoi County since its opening to settlement in 1794 is reflected in
the museum collections. The three exhibition floors of the Cornell Mill
building depict community life, historic milestones and remembrances of this
region in the 19th century. Houses over 20,000 objects of Missisquoi County
History plus an 1940s magasin general The Museum is open daily from 10 - 5,
from the end of May through mid October. There is a small admission fee. For
information, visit

    The Nature Conservancy Canada is a national, non profit organization that
works to protect Canada's natural habitat. Its plan of action is to build
partnerships and develop creative conservation solutions with individuals,
corporations, community groups, conservation groups and government bodies.
Since 1962, NCC and its supporters have helped to protect more than
two million acres (809,371 hectares) of ecologically significant land across
Canada, including 44,500 acres (18,000 hectares) in Quebec. For more
information, visit

For further information:

For further information: Nature Conservancy Canada: Marie-Michèle
Rousseau-Clair, Project Manager, (514) 876-1606, poste 239,; Anne Le Bel, Chief of
Communications, (514) 876-1606, poste 233,; Missisquoi Museum: Heather Darch,
Curator, (450) 248-3153,

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