Posted Online: Dec. 05, 2012, 8:34 am

Illinois Audubon Society acquires turtle habitat

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) The not-for-profit Illinois Audubon Society has acquired a wetland in northern Illinois that is habitat for an endangered turtle.

The Springfield-based Audubon Society announced Tuesday the purchase of Amboy Marsh in Lee County. It's a 272-acre wetland that's host to one of the state's largest populations of nesting Blanding's turtles.

Blanding's turtles are medium-sized freshwater turtles. They live in wetlands in parts of the upper Midwest, New York, New England and southern Canada. They can live to be 70 years old.

Illinois Audubon Executive Director Tom Clay praised Chicago-based Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation and Grand Victoria Foundation for their financial support of Amboy Marsh.

The state Audubon Society has protected some 3,000 acres by investing more than $6 million to protect land and water throughout Illinois.