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

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.

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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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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