This past October, Steve Parren, a biologist with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife (VTFW), brought Spiny Softshell turtle hatchlings to ECHO that he had collected from nest sites which had been compromised or were vulnerable to predation. These hatchlings have since made their temporary home at ECHO under the care of ECHO’s Animal Care Department but it'll soon be time for these youngsters to head back out to the Lake (albeit a much larger Lake this year!).
On June 22, Lake level permitting, these youngsters will be released back into the wild in a cooperative effort between VTFW and ECHO to support this threatened species in Vermont. Members are invited to share in this incredibly rewarding and fun stewardship activity. The usual, optimal release site is currently inaccessible due to the continuing high Lake levels. As the release date approaches and (hopefully) the Lake level drops, we will determine the best possible site and/or an alternative date for releasing the turtles. There are a limited number of slots available for participation.
UPDATE JUNE 14, 2011 (via marketing department): The release date is confirmed as June 22. As in years past, ECHO members will be invited via an E-blast. This will go out any day now (week of June 12). Slots fill up quickly so check your email and respond by email. Each will be time stamped and we will call you to confirm the time and place. Thank you!