The Turtle Survival Alliance’s Turtlemania Returns to Austin’s County Line BBQ

Did you know the oldest and most primitive reptiles today are turtles? In fact, Scientists claim that ancient turtles lived along with dinosaurs approximately 110 million years ago. The Turtle Survival Alliance will once again return to the County Line for Turtlemania 2022 to bring awareness to the turtle in the nation’s lakes and creeks and inform Austinites of the turtles that make Bull Creek their home.  In September at County Line, that equates to two days of research.

Sadly, within next 20 years, as many as one-third of the world‘s 300 species of tortoises and freshwater turtles may be gone due to poaching for the international black market. The Turtle Survival Alliance’s North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group and County Line on the Lake BBQ will be celebrating all things turtle on Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18, 2022 at County Line on the Lake, 5204 FM 2222, Austin, TX.    

The County Line on the Lake BBQ restaurant and Zilker Brewing Company will “shellebrate” its customers with its annual Turtlemania from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, September 18. 

Turtlemania 2022 will live up to its motto of “Drink Beer. Save Turtles” by offering Parks & Rec Pale Ale beers from local Zilker Brewing Company that evening at the discounted price of $4.  Proceeds from the beer sales will go to the North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group.

The public is welcome to watch and/or talk to the TSA-North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group from noon to 5 p.m. on September 17 and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 18, as volunteers and divers from all over the country:

  • capture the turtles and bring them to land
  • tag new turtles with a small micro-chip
  • examine new turtles, and those tagged from 2016 – 2021 (except for 2020) which will equate to nearly 800 unique turtles representing six native species.  Activities include measuring, weighing, and determining the sex and the health of the turtles
  • all turtles are released back into the lake

About County Line

County Line on the Lake is located at 5204 FM 2222 in Austin, Texas. Visit or follow the County Line on the Lake on Facebook for updates on all the restaurant’s events, Happy Hours and specials. Call 512-346-3664 for more information.

About Turtle Survival Alliance

The Turtle Survival Alliance’s mission is to transform passion for turtles into effective conversation action through a global network of living collections and recovery programs. The TSA’s North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group is composed of professional scientists, students, and interested members of the public who want to make a difference. Visit for more information.