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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New Marine Specimens Added to Champlain Sea

After a successful completion of their "behind the scenes" quarantine (a routine procedure with all new arrivals), new marine specimens were transferred to the "Champlain Sea" exhibit here at ECHO. Hermit crabs, anemones, sea stars, urchins and others were featured in an impromptu animal care demonstration as the animals were added to their new home.

Brian Swisher, one of ECHO’s "Environmental Exhibit Specialists", seen here completing the transfer, educated and delighted ECHO guests with information about the natural history of these species and the Lake Champlain Basin, and about good stewardship for these species in the wild and here at ECHO.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Neonate Turtles Released Back into Lake Champlain

June 23rd - 32 Spiny softshell turtles, 15 Map turtles and 2 Painted turtles, all neonates rescued this past fall, were released back into Lake Champlain after spending the winter at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center.

Map Turtle, a "Special Concern" Species back home in Lake Champlain.

The winter care and year round efforts to support some of the basin's turtles is a cooperative effort between ECHO, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, and Vermont Forest Parks and Recreation. More than fifty people participated in this years release. Participants included ECHO donors, members, volunteers, staff, as well as Vermont Youth Conservation Corp crew and Steve Parren, biologist with Vermont Fish and Wildlife.

Participants releasing turtles.