Reinke Lab

Adopt a Turtle


Since 2010, we have been studying two painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) populations on Lac Courte Oreilles, Wisconsin. Turtles are caught, measured, weighed, photographed, and released every June. We use these data to study long-term population growth and demography, and to answer questions about coloration and pigment physiology.

How can you help?

If you’re an undergraduate or Masters student interested in helping with this project, contact Beth Reinke.

Adopt a Turtle!

The Adopt a Turtle program is a great way to help the turtle project continue. Long-term research is incredibly important but obtaining continuous funding can be difficult. Your support lets us continue to purchase expendable supplies (i.e., microchips) and helps students from Northeastern Illinois University travel to northern Wisconsin to get field experience.

By making a donation through the Northeastern Illinois University Foundation to the Adopt a Turtle Program, you will be able to “adopt” an individual turtle in Lac Courte Oreilles. For the next three years, you will receive information about your turtle’s unique identification number, the amount he or she has grown in the last year, and other specific information!

With your $25 turtle "adoption" you will get a unique turtle assigned to you! Every year for three years, we will send you a postcard with your turtle's identification number, date of capture, amount it has grown in the last year, and any other changes we record! 

With your $50 turtle "adoption", you will get all of the above as well as a printed photograph of your turtle so you can see the plastron (ventral shell) pattern for yourself. 

With every $100+ donation, you will get all of the above, plus the satisfaction of knowing that you not only allowed us to purchase multiple microchips (and therefore identify many more turtles!) but also that you helped NEIU students make the trip from Chicago to northern Wisconsin to participate in summer research.

Click here to Adopt a Turtle!

Please contact Dr. Beth Reinke (E-Reinke at with any questions or issues.