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Help Conserve the Blanding's Turtle

The Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County — a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation — advances the Forest Preserve District's vision through philanthropic endeavors.


Adopt a Blanding's Turtle

For more than 20 years the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been leading regional efforts to help the state-endangered Blanding’s turtle, and now you can be a part of the program, too! 

Adopt a Blanding’s turtle and your donation will help provide care for a hatchling born in August 2017 as part of the Forest Preserve District’s Blanding’s Turtles head-start program. You won’t be able to take your turtle home, but you will be able to name it. You might even receive updates once your turtle is released into the wild thanks to a microchip ecologists will place with the animal. Your gift will also support these field-monitoring efforts as well as habitat-enhancement projects.

With just 200 hatchlings expected this season, adoption opportunities are limited, so make sure to send in the Adopt a Blanding's Turtle form (PDF) soon! We also welcome donations of any amount to support the health and habitats for these special turtles.

The Blanding’s turtle is a medium-sized, semiaquatic freshwater turtle known for its yellow chin, throat and speckled shell. Populations have been declining due to low hatchling success rates and shortened life spans, due in part to habitat loss. The turtle was listed as state-endangered in 2009, and in February 2016 Chicago Wilderness chose it as one of 12 priority species.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been working with Brookfield Zoo, Cosley Zoo and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to hatch Blanding’s turtles in captivity and then raise them for a year before releasing them into the wild. Ecologists hope these efforts will increase the odds of long-term survival.

Thank you for choosing to support the Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County! If you wish to keep your donation anonymous, please contact Fundraising & Development at 630-933-7097 or fundraising@dupageforest.org.