Monday, March 26, 2018

Terrestrial Brewing to Partner with the Greater Cleveland Aquarium to Help Save Spotted Turtles

Posted By on Mon, Mar 26, 2018 at 10:50 AM

  • Courtesy of the Greater Cleveland Aquarium
Thanks to declining water quality, loss of habitat, poaching and an increase in natural predators, the spotted turtle has become so difficult to find in Northeast Ohio that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife has listed the shallow wetlands turtle as a threatened species that should be “vigorously protected.”

Because of its endangered status, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium works with the Wild4Ever Foundation and numerous other regional environmental and educational agencies to help keep the turtles alive.

Earlier today, the Aquarium announced a partnership with Terrestrial Brewing Company, which will produce a special beer (dubbed “I Love It When I Save the Turtles Porter”) to contribute to the cause.

They'll celebrate its release with a special event that takes place from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, at the brewery.  

“You can consume to help conserve,” says Ralph Sgro, Terrestrial’s co-founder and Chief Brewing Officer, in a press release. “We recognize that we share this planet with other creatures and highlighting the positive and negative impact people can have on a co-inhabitant’s struggle to survive is something the whole team here could really get behind."

Sgro's artist wife Stephie created an original watercolor to commemorate the beer. A summer beach cleanup and a fall conservation-focused SPOTD fundraiser are also in the works. Terrestrial will put the porter on tap a few times throughout the year, donating $1 from every pint sold to the Splash Fund, the Aquarium’s nonprofit arm focused on "education outreach, beach cleanup and the spotted turtle headstarting program."

“From forgoing a plastic straw to taking a shorter shower, small decisions we make every single day do impact the world we and other animals live in,” says Greater Cleveland Aquarium GM and Splash Fund Director Tami Brown. “Admittedly, choosing to drink a beer from a local brewery as a contribution to the monitoring, incubation, rearing and tracking of an imperiled native species is one of the more fun options that comes to mind.”

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