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ECHO Logo March 2015  
Issue 124  
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Sea Star in ECHO's Champlain Sea Tank
Changes to the Champlain Sea Tank
ECHO visitors earlier this year might have noticed the tide in our Champlain Sea exhibit went out… way out. The display with sea stars, urchins, hermit crabs, and more was drained for a facelift. Animals were moved to holding tanks for their “staycation” while their homes were drained, a leak that presented itself in the process was repaired, and the elevated sea floor was installed. Species were then reintroduced and carefully monitored. In our blog Below the Surface, Director of Animal Care and Facilities Steve Smith explains the upgrade in detail and how the animals were acclimated to their nice new home.
Blog post about Sea Tank
PechaKucha comes
We are excited to host our first PechaKucha night! This storytelling phenomenon has taken the world - and Burlington - by storm. Presenters share 20 images, each for 20 seconds, while they talk, sing, or otherwise entertain. Topics can be educational, informative, or just plain fun. The event will take place April 9 and we still have a few spots open for presenters. If you or anyone you know would like to take part, email Jessie Forand:
PechaKucka Information

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ECHO's Flickr page
Did you know you can find ECHO on your favorite social media sites? We want to connect with you and keep the conservation conversation going after you pass through ECHO’s exits. Be sure to find us on Facebook, Pinterest, Flickr, Youtube, on twitter @ECHOvt and on Instagram @echo_vt. Like us and stay in the know. We believe everyone can help make our world a healthier place and we want YOU to be a part of our community.
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Neonate Spiny Softshell Turtle at ECHO
Turtles need your help

In the depths of this very long and cold winter, our dedicated animal care staff is working diligently to improve the threatened population of Eastern Spiny Softshell turtles. In close partnership with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, our turtle adoption program gives this fragile species a head start for life in Lake Champlain. We offer the turtles the best of care at ECHO during the winter until they are released in June. You can help by becoming a Softshell Supporter, offering $50 and a name for your turtle. Better yet, become a Softshell Superstar for $125 and help us release the turtles back into the lake. There’s still time to get involved, take action today.

All the best,

Phelan Fretz
Executive Director


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Update Staff:
Editor: Stephen Perkins, Director of Development & Communications
Design: Abbe Malcolm, Marketing Manager
Photo credits: Sea Star – J. Forand © ECHO; PechuKucha –; ECHO's Flickr Page; Turtle — A. Malcolm © ECHO
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