We could also use some help finding out if the western painted turtle calls the Alouette River home. The western painted turtle is a Species at Risk. Populations have been declining in the Lower Mainland due to habitat loss. It has not been observed in the Alouette River since 2007. If you see a turtle basking on a log in the sun, check to make sure it has NO red mark on the side of its head. If not, please let us know where and when you saw it!