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Sea Turtle Nesting Is Focus Of October Public Lecture at Marine Discovery Center

The 2019 sea turtle nesting season in Volusia County and Canaveral National Seashore will be the featured topic at the Marine Discovery Center’s October monthly lecture series.

Kristen Kneifl, Canaveral National Seashore Chief of Resource Management, Volusia County Sea Turtle Conservation Plan Field Manager Sami McCorkle, and Jaymie Reneker, biologist with Ecological Associates, Inc., will co-present the update on this year’s record nesting season on Florida’s east coast.

October 17 at 6 PM – Marine Discovery Center

The lecture will be held Thursday, Oct. 17, starting at 6 p.m., and will be hosted by the Marine Discovery Center, located at 520 Barracuda Boulevard in New Smyrna Beach.

While approximately 3,500 sea turtle nests were destroyed by Hurricane Dorian in early September, this region of Florida surpassed its all-time record in 2019, with more than 13,300 nests recorded in Canaveral National Seashore alone. 

The update on sea turtle nesting will also discuss how years of conservation has made this region one of the world’s most viable nesting sites for at least three species of sea turtles.

MDC’s October lecture is open to the public at no charge and no reservations are required.

Seating in the center’s Learning Lab is limited and early arrival is recommended.

For more information about the lecture, contact the Marine Discovery Center at 386-428-4828.

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