Lake County has one of the largest populations of Blanding’s turtles in the Midwest. This charismatic long-lived species with the yellow chin and permanent smile is threatened or endangered throughout its range.
Our Lake County population is healthy and growing thanks to our popular Adopt-a-Turtle Program, which has raised more than $70,729 since 2016.
Your Leadership Gift Today will be Matched One-to-One
We’re calling all turtle lovers to consider a leadership gift to help establish a NEW population of Blanding’s turtles in Lake County. Become a Founders Circle Turtle Champion at $1,000, and your gift will be doubled! A generous challenge grant from an anonymous donor will match your gift one-to-one, up to $10,000. We are looking for 10 Founders Circle Turtle Champions to help us meet our goal of $20,000. Each Founders Circle Champion can name one of the Founders Turtles, released in June 2020.
Introducing a new population of Blanding’s turtles requires extensive monitoring and research. Support this new population of turtles using the form below. Every dollar raised will be used to monitor the health of this new population, and the results of this work will guide Forest Preserve management decisions in the coming years.
Benefits of the Founders Circle
Founders Circle Turtle Champions can:
Name your Founders Turtle, released in June 2020
Join Forest Preserve wildlife ecologists on a field trip to track turtles
Receive a picture of your turtle’s plastron (its unique underside). Access growth charts and updates about your turtle 24/7
Receive updates if your turtle is located during population monitoring
Show your turtle love with a sporty new sticker—when you show your support for this program, you inspire others to join