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ECHO VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT- KATE MEYER

POSTED OCTOBER 3 AT 10:59 AM

ECHO's Mission is to Educate and Delight our…

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FOR IMMEDIATE
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December 21, 2009

Contact: Steven Leibman or Todd Carroll
802.864.1848 ext. 125 or 131
sleibman@echovermont.org or tcarroll@echovermont.org

High definition photos available at
www.echovermont.org/visitors/photos.html
 

EASING INTO A NEW SHELL

Over Winter Baby Turtles Welcomed at ECHO

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Where can baby indigenous turtles find a cozy home for the winter? At ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain of course! For the fourth year, a cadre of Spiny Softshell, Northern Map, and Painted turtles will be spending the winter safely housed within ECHO’s walls.

Many people know ECHO as a great resource for experiencing local critters, but ECHO also has animals that only “winter” on-site. Through the efforts of Vermont State Biologist Steven Parren and volunteers, ECHO has helped hundreds of animals get a “head-start” before being re-released into their natural habitat.

The Spiny Softshell turtles are an especially high priority for conservation because of their small population, habitat loss, egg predation, and disturbances near their nesting areas. The turtles come to ECHO after being rescued by Vermont Fish and Wildlife volunteers during an annual habitat and nest protection effort at various locations around the state.

ECHO Animal Care Staff will bolster the stewardship and awareness effort through regular demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. that allow guests to see the turtles up-close, highlight the various species’ unique adaptations, and point out their roles in the ecosystem. “The over-winter turtles are the ultimate animal ambassador for ECHO,” lauds Steve Smith, Director of Facilities and Exhibits. “The opportunity for stewardship that this project offers is one that is personally rewarding and also creates a wonderful learning experience for all ECHO visitors.”

Through the dedication of Parren, and the daily care provided by ECHO Animal Care, these turtles will be given a second chance — and when released next spring, they will support our mutual goal of enhancing the population of turtles in the Lake Champlain Basin.

So this winter, don’t miss the unique chance to experience these adorable hatchlings before they venture back into the wilds of the Lake Champlain Basin!

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ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is located at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, on Vermont’s Burlington Waterfront. ECHO features 70 live species, more than 100 interactive experiences, changing and permanent exhibits and seasonal events — all exploring the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. The 2.2 acre Leahy Center environmental campus is also highlighted by the Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room, UVM’s Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, Lake Champlain Navy Memorial, ECHO’s Eclectic Gift Shop, and ecology-themed Think! Café. Open year-round, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day. For more information visit echovermont.org, call (toll-free) 1.877.324.6386, or write to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, One College Street, Burlington, VT 05401.
 

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