|The nineteen baby softshell ready to go home!|
Photo by J. Kiedaisch
As part of ECHO's Head Start Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtle program, these families donated to the care and upkeep of the baby turtles. Adoptive parents/families choose the sponsorship level, either the Softshell Supporter or Softshell Superstar. Along with a certificate verifying their adoption, the families received a plush softshell toy and monthly e-mail updates on the progress and growth of the turtles. In addition, the Softshell Superstars received four passes to visit the turtles and an exclusive invitation to attend the release.
|Two young volunteers help to release the turtles with coaching by|
ECHO's Director of Animal Care Steve Smith'.
After months of corresponding with the adoptive families, it was very fulfilling to share in their joy and excitement at making a difference in the lives of these turtles. Most rewarding is the fact that the families, and especially the children, are learning about the importance of Lake stewardship and environmental caring.
I look forward to meeting the next group of stewards when ECHO welcomes another batch of baby spiny softshell turtles this fall.
Do you want to be a part of ECHO's Head Start Program? Please learn more about our turtle adoption program here. Adopting a turtle is just one way to make a positive difference. All it takes is one action to create ripples of positive change, just one drop....what is your "one drop" today?
View a photo album of our turtle release day here: http://bit.ly/turtlerelease2014.