MDC Monthly Lecture Series

MDC Monthly Lecture Series

Sea Turtles Are The Topic At MDC’s July Lecture

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July, 2018

Sea turtles are busy nesting on Florida beaches and these charismatic creatures will be the topic of the Marine Discovery Center’s public lecture in July.

Cathy Thompson, president of the Turtle Trackers, and Nancy Malmberg, a volunteer at Canaveral National Seashore, will co-present about sea turtles on Volusia County’s public beaches, as well as in the national park.

The presentation is set for Thursday, July 19, starting at 6 p.m. The lecture is hosted by the Marine Discovery Center, located at 520 Barracuda Boulevard in New Smyrna Beach.

The Turtle Trackers monitor the shoreline in New Smyrna Beach and use Volusia County equipment with a team of about 30 volunteers. The nonprofit group has surveyed the beaches to identify and protect nest sites since the 1980s.

Last year, Volusia County beaches posted its second-highest nesting season since 1988, with 720 nests, including nests of loggerhead and green sea turtles, as well as four nests of Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles – uncommon for this region.

Canaveral National Seashore, which spans both Volusia and Brevard counties, recorded 12,315 nests in 2017. That count included nests for loggerhead, green and leatherback sea turtles.

Both the Turtle Trackers and Canaveral National Seashore staff record and mark nests, monitor the nesting turtles and incubating eggs, and may protect the nests from predators.

The purpose of July’s lecture is to not only inform the public about the successful nesting programs, but to also help beach visitors learn how not to disturb nesting mothers when they emerge on beaches to lay eggs.

The presenters will also discuss how the public can help keep beaches safe and unobstructed for sea turtle hatchlings to find their way into the ocean.

MDC’s July lecture is open to the public at no charge and no reservations are required. Early arrival is recommended, as seating is limited.

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

The State of Water in Volusia County

The State of Water in Volusia County

State of Water in Volusia County

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June • 2018

When: Thursday, June 21 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Marine Discovery Center, 520 Barracuda Blvd, NSB, 32169

Cost: FREE

The lecture is open to the public at no charge and no reservations are required.

“The State of Water in Volusia County” will be the topic of the Marine Discovery Center’s public lecture this Thursday evening. Clay Henderson, executive director of the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience at Stetson University, will be the guest speaker.

Long engaged in Florida environmental policy, Henderson served on the 1998 Florida Constitution Revision Commission and sponsored most of the environmental provisions in Florida’s Constitution, including the creation of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

He previously served as senior counsel at Holland & Knight LLP, practicing in the public policy section in the field of environmental law. He also served as president of the Florida Audubon Society and was elected to two terms on the Volusia County Council.

Henderson co-authored the Florida Water and Land Legacy Initiative, a conservation-funding program ratified in 2014. He was also a leader in the development of Florida’s signature land acquisition programs and negotiated the acquisition of more than 300,000 acres of conservation lands.

Clay Henderson

A native of New Smyrna Beach, Henderson has received the national public service award from The Nature Conservancy, as well as the Bill Sadowski Memorial Award from the Environment and Land Use Section of the Florida Bar.

Stetson University’s Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, of which Henderson directs, utilizes faculty and student research to inform policy options for significant environmental issues.

MDC’s June lecture is open to the public at no charge and no reservations are required. Early arrival is recommended, as seating is limited.

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

May 2018 Lecture Series, Bees & BeeKeepers

May 2018 Lecture Series, Bees & BeeKeepers

May: Bees & Beekeepers

Marine Discovery Center Monthly Lecture Series
The Journey of Bees and Beekeepers – Understanding Our Partnership With This Amazing Insect

When: Thursday, May 17 2018 at 6:00 p.m. (Honey tasting 5:00-6:00 p.m.)

Where: Marine Discovery Center, 520 Barracuda Blvd, NSB, 32169

Cost: FREE

The lecture is open to the public at no charge and no reservations are required.

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

“The Journey of Bees and Beekeepers – Understanding Our Partnership With This Amazing Insect” will be the topic of the Marine Discovery Center’s May public lecture.

Doug McGinnis, who has served for nine years on the National Honey Board, and has been an officer in the National Honey Packers and Dealers Association, as well as the American Beekeeping Federation, will be the guest speaker.

The presentation is set for Thursday, May 17, starting at 6 p.m. The lecture is hosted by the Marine Discovery Center, located at 520 Barracuda Boulevard in New Smyrna Beach.

A special honey tasting will take place at the center prior to the lecture from 5-6 p.m. Several varieties of locally sourced honey, including black mangrove honey and Brazilian pepper honey, will be available for tasting and purchase at MDC during that time.

At the lecture, McGinnis will discuss the role and duties of beekeepers today as they carry bees around the country to make honey and pollinate food crops, and how this corresponds to the life cycle of honeybees.

Florida is among the nation’s top honey-producing states, and because of its warm climate hundreds of thousands of honeybee colonies are carried throughout the state by migratory beekeepers. This movement is compounding the problems facing honeybee colonies, however, whether from diseases, pests, pesticides or other environmental stresses.

McGinnis will talk about the variety of Florida honey plants and how the bees produce honey from their nectar, including the coastal region’s black mangrove trees. He will also discuss how the honey supply is dependent on pollination, what pollen is, and what pollen does for the honeybees.

In addition, McGinnis will help the public learn how to help Florida’s bee population, and will talk about some of the work being done at the University of Florida Bee Lab to combat the loss of bees and improve the knowledge of beekeepers.

McGinnis has been involved in beekeeping and honey production for most of his life. His family’s business, Tropical Blossom Honey Co., of Edgewater, Fla., sold honey products from Florida beekeepers throughout the nation and to more than 20 countries.

Currently McGinnis serves on the Board of Trustees of the Atlantic Center for the Arts and keeps his beehives at ACA’s New Smyrna Beach campus.

The May lecture is open to the public at no charge and no reservations are required. Early arrival is recommended, as seating is limited.

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