Spotted turtles are threatened in Northeast Ohio. The Splash Fund has spent the last 6 years working with the Wild4Ever Foundation and numerous other environmental and educational agencies across the region to boost the number of little turtles with the distinctive yellow spots in the wild.
Declining water quality, loss of wetlands habitat, natural predators and illegal poaching are challenging spotted turtle populations in Northeast Ohio, but there’s something simple craft beer drinkers can do to help the native species—consume to conserve. As a followup to its 2018 special release porter benefiting spotted turtle research and headstarting, this year Terrestrial Brewing Company will have I Am Still Saving the Turtles Pale Ale (5.1% abv) on top. 10% of the sales of this easy drinking, dry-hopped pale ale with peachy and tropical notes (available on tap at the westside brewery) benefits spotted turtle headstarting efforts.
The Greater Cleveland Aquarium currently is rearing a number of spotted turtles in quarantine, some of which are likely candidates to be released this year into a protected Northeast Ohio habitat. These spotted turtle hatchlings will be microchipped so they can be monitored by radio transmitter.
* I Am Still Saving the Turtles Pale Ale will be on tap periodically throughout 2019 at Terrestrial.
With Splash Fund and Wild4Ever Foundation donations, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium currently is rearing ten spotted turtles in quarantine, some of which are likely candidates for a 2019 release at a remote, protected Northeast Ohio habitat. It will be the Aquarium’s second cohort of spotted turtle hatchlings released to the site, and they will be microchipped and monitored by radio transmitter.
In addition to the Wild4Ever Foundation, other partners working to ensure a future for the spotted turtle in Ohio as part of SPOTD initiative include:
- Geauga Park District
- Cleveland Metroparks
- Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
- Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife
- U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services
- The Ohio State University
- Summit Metro Parks
- Cuyahoga Valley National Park
- Lake Metroparks
- Medina County Park District