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Join us for the second annual Urban Turtle Festival Weekend starting on Saturday, June 8th as we kick off the weekend with a 21 and over Urban Turtle “Brew and BBQ” ticketed fundraiser event at the Eagle Marsh barn from 5-8pm. Mad Anthony Brewing will be unveiling a new brew crafted on behalf of Eagle Marsh and our turtles. The evening will provide delicious Shigs In Pit BBQ, short hikes and a raffle. Tickets are on sale now at by visiting urbanturtlefestival.eventbrite.com

Celebrate with the whole family on Sunday, June 9th from 1-5pm for this free, family festival portion of the Urban Turtle Festival Weekend. All ages are welcome at the Eagle Marsh barn (6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne) to view and learn more about live Eagle Marsh turtles, visit education stations, participate in activities, and listen to presentations. Food will be available for purchase.

This festival weekend is the highlight to a project that LRWP launched in 2018 focusing on sustainable urban turtle conservation efforts including habitat restoration and education. LRWP staff and volunteers are gaining a better understanding of the turtle populations at Eagle Marsh in order to provide the best management practices and educational opportunities to maximize turtle sustainability. Research opportunities in 2018 included turtle trapping, looking for nesting turtles, and gather information regarding the number of turtles that meet their demise on Engle Road.

Ongoing research will continue in 2019 with valuable information provided to LRWP so that we may continue to employ the best management practices at Eagle Marsh.

None of this would be possible without the support of our business sponsor partners: Aqua Indiana, NIPSC, the NIPSCO Environmental Action Grant, Engineering Resources, OmniSource, the Environmental Resources Center at Purdue Fort Wayne, Purdue Fort Wayne University, Mad Anthony Brewing, Shigs In Pit BBQ.

A nonprofit land trust, Little River Wetlands Project restores and protects wetlands in the watershed of the Little River, a tributary of the Wabash River. LRWP’s project area encompasses more than 140,000 acres in Allen and Huntington Counties, Indiana. The organization manages several preserves, including Eagle Marsh, the largest inland urban wetland restoration in the U.S.

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