"To protect and restore the Florida coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems
through education, research and community stewardship."

MDC Lecture Series

Lectures are presented on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Check our Calendar for exact time and dates.

Public Lecture, March 19, 2015

2015-03-03 11:58:23 loisreed

BIRD RESCUE

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Thousands of birds die every year from discarded fishing line.

Thousands of birds die every year from discarded fishing line.

Speakers will include experts from the Marine Science Center as well as other local bird experts.

Learn what to do when you find an injured or entangled bird and how to prevent these tragedies.

When: Thursday, March 19, from 6-8 p.m. @ MDC
No charge and no reservations required.

Contact: MARK SPRADLEY
Email: mark@marinediscoverycenter.org
Phone: 386-428-4828

Location Details:
Marine Discovery Center
520 Barracuda Blvd
New Smyrna Beach FL 32169 US
(386) 428-4828

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MDC Public Lecture Jan 15, 2015

2014-12-29 11:47:45 loisreed

Right Whales

Mother Rightwhale and Baby

Mother Rightwhale and Baby

· Our guest speaker will be Julie Albert, the coordinator of the Marine Resources Council’s North Atlantic Right Whale Sighting Network.
· Only about 500 North Atlantic right whales exist today. During the winter, pregnant females travel to the warm waters off the Florida coast – to the only known calving area in the world for these whales.
· You can be a part of the trained volunteer spotter network along the Florida coast to identify individuals and protect them from collisions with ships. Your involvement is of particular help if you live in a high-rise building along the coast. Please attend this lecture to get the basic information you need to help these whales survive (but it’s not just for spotters…you’ll learn a lot of general information about these wonderful creatures!!!)

When: Thursday Jan 15th 6:00pm @ MDC

Contact: MARK SPRADLEY
Email: mark@marinediscoverycenter.org
Phone: 386-428-4828

Location Details
Marine Discovery Center
520 Barracuda Blvd
New Smyrna Beach FL 32169 US
(386) 428-4828

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Migrating Birds, MDC December Lecture Series

2014-11-28 13:38:58 loisreed
Sooty Shearwater

Sooty Shearwater

Michael Brothers, Director of the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet, Fla., will lead this lecture about a pelagic birding tour that he took this past May.

40 stalwart explorers and our leaders struck off at 3:00 a.m. for our May 18 pelagic trip. It was a tough trip with the high seas and the waves in the Gulf Stream reaching 6-8 feet, with numerous waves that approached ten feet. This made it impossible for us to get as far offshore as we had hoped.

However, we did make it out nearly 60 miles and did manage to find a good assortment of birds. On the positive side, we had excellent looks at Black-capped Petrel, Wilson’s Storm-Petrel, Pomarine Jaeger, Sooty Shearwater and Arctic Tern. The Sooty Shearwater was an especially good bird. This good view was a real treat! The Pomarine Jaeger put on a real show for us. We found the Arctic Tern actively fishing right along the jetty as we came back in. A real surprise was the Purple Sandpiper that was tucked on a rock near the end of the jetty.

Contact: MARK SPRADLEY
Email: mark@marinediscoverycenter.org
Phone: 386-428-4828

Location Details
Marine Discovery Center
520 Barracuda Blvd
New Smyrna Beach FL 32169 US

Location Phone: (386) 428-4828

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LECTURE SERIES SEAHORSE

2014-11-14 10:56:46 loisreed

seahorseSeahorses reside in some of the most threatened marine habitats and millions are removed yearly for use in traditional medicines, aquariums and as dried trinkets. Come learn about the presence of seahorses in the Indian River Lagoon, what research is being done to help them and most importantly, what you can do to help them stay here for centuries to come!

Dr. Sarah Krejci is a post-doctoral fellow and adjunct professor at Bethune Cookman University. Dr. Krejci has been working with seahorses for more than 10 years and hopes they can serve as an ambassador for habitat restoration and environmental education.


When: Thursday, November 20, from 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: Marine Discovery Center, 520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach, FL
Contact: mark@marinediscoverycenter.org

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