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.
In 2018, Terrestrial Brewing Company championed those efforts with a special beer—“I Love It When I Save the Turtles Porter.” Although not overly sweet, the chocolatey caramel-and-pecan porter with a hint of coffee was modeled after the decadent dessert “turtle” confection. When the porter is on tap Terrestrial donates $1 from every pint sold to support the Splash Fund’s spotted turtle initiative.
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