Wild Turkeys Featured In November Public Lecture

Wild Turkeys Featured In November Public Lecture

Florida’s Wild Turkeys

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NOVEMBER 2019

When: Thursday, November 21 2019 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.

Wild turkeys will be the featured topic at the Marine Discovery Center’s November monthly lecture series.

Native Floridian Ed Northey will discuss “Turkey Talk: The Habits and Habitats of Florida’s Wild Turkeys” in his presentation.

The lecture will be held Thursday, Nov. 21, starting at 6 p.m., and will be hosted by the Marine Discovery Center, located at 520 Barracuda Boulevard in New Smyrna Beach.

A lifelong outdoorsman, Northey is an Environmental Specialist III and district National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES) Coordinator for the Florida Department of Transportation.

His presentation will explore the wild turkeys found in Central Florida and review the vocalization of these native birds, as well as the calls and tools available to use in the field to converse with the species. He also will discuss hunting and conservation.

The November 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.

Sea Turtle Nesting Is Focus Of October Public Lecture

Sea Turtle Nesting Is Focus Of October Public Lecture

Sea Turtles

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OCTOBER 2019

When: Thursday, October 17 2019 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 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.

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 more than 20 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.

MDC’s September Public Lecture Looks At Butterflies

MDC’s September Public Lecture Looks At Butterflies

Butterflies

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SEPTEMBER 2019

When: Thursday, September 19, 2019 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.

Butterflies will be the featured topic at the Marine Discovery Center’s September monthly lecture.

Deland native Jim West, who grew up in the florist and landscaping business, will be the guest speaker and will discuss these intriguing insects in his presentation, “Plight of the Monarch Butterfly.”

The lecture will be held Thursday, Sept. 19, starting at 6 p.m., and will be hosted by the Marine Discovery Center, located at 520 Barracuda Boulevard in New Smyrna Beach.

West owned and operated Stetson Flower Shop, a family business for 20 years, before becoming a high school teacher. After leaving DeLand High School, he started a horticulture and lepidoptera studies program at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, where his students planted and maintained 8,000 plants for seven years.

Since retiring and moving to New Smyrna Beach, West has taught seminars at Stetson University and for Master Gardeners and local garden clubs. As a member of Monarch City USA and Butterfly Society, he designed the 1,200-plant butterfly garden at Bill Dreggors Park in DeLand.

West will discuss the fall migrations of butterfly species and will inform guests about what they can do to help support dwindling populations of butterflies as food sources and habitat have become increasingly diminished across North America in recent years.

He will also bring native milkweed plants and various other butterfly plants to the lecture for display and purchase.

The September 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.

MDC August Lecture Explores Sea Squirts and Heart Disease

MDC August Lecture Explores Sea Squirts and Heart Disease

Sea Squirts & Heart Disease

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AUGUST 2019

When: Thursday, August 15 2019 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.

Sea squirts and their role in treating heart disease will be the featured topic at the Marine Discovery Center’s August monthly lecture.

Dr. Heather Evans Anderson, assistant professor of health science at Stetson University, will be the guest speaker.

She will discuss how humans and sea squirts share many similar genes and cellular processes. Anderson will focus on the science behind these similarities and how this knowledge can be used to treat human heart disease.

The lecture will be held Thursday, August 15, starting at 6 p.m., and will be hosted by the Marine Discovery Center, located at 520 Barracuda Boulevard in New Smyrna Beach.

Anderson joined Stetson’s faculty in fall 2017. A native of Belle Glade, Fla., Anderson earned her doctorate degree in biomedical science at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 2004. Her postdoctoral fellowship spanned from 2004-2008 at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Research Center in the molecular cardiology division, where Anderson was funded by an American Heart Association fellowship award.

The August 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.

MDC June Public Lecture Discusses Fertilizer Ordinance

MDC June Public Lecture Discusses Fertilizer Ordinance

Fertilizer, Nutrients, & Composting

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JUNE, 2019

When: Thursday, June 20 2019 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.

Volusia County has a fertilizer ordinance, but what does that mean and what is it intended to do? That will be the topic of the Marine Discovery Center’s June public lecture.

Megan B. Martin, the Be Floridian Now Coordinator and Green Volusia Program Associate with the county’s Environmental Management Division, will present on “Fertilizer, Nutrients and Composting.”

The presentation is set for Thursday, June 20, starting at 6 p.m. The lecture is hosted by the Marine Discovery Center, located at 520 Barracuda Boulevard in New Smyrna Beach.

Martin will discuss the ordinance, as well as nutrient behavior in soils, nutrient pollution in our waters and what homeowners can do in their own yards to compost.

She is an experienced environmental educator with a background in sustainable food systems and clean water initiatives. As a part of the Green Volusia team, Martin helps coordinate the county’s sustainability goals. She was previously based at the county’s Lyonia Environmental Center in Deltona.

The June 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.

If you can’t attend the lecture but still want helpful fertilizer ordinance info, download the following documents:
Be Floridian Now Tri-fold Brochure
Don’t Let The Green Flow Downstream
How To Fertilize Like A Floridian

MDC’s May Public Lecture Features Horseshoe Crabs

MDC’s May Public Lecture Features Horseshoe Crabs

Horseshoe Crabs

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May, 2019

When: Thursday, May 16 2019 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.

Horseshoe crabs, one of the oldest organisms on earth, will be the topic of the Marine Discovery Center’s May public lecture.

Jenna N. Palmisano, a third-year Stetson University student studying aquatic and marine biology with an environmental science minor, will present “The Wonderful World of Limulus Polyphemus, the North American Horseshoe Crab; Who Are They and Why Do We Care About Their Conservation?”

The presentation is set for Thursday, May 16, starting at 6 p.m. The lecture is hosted by the Marine Discovery Center, located at 520 Barracuda Boulevard in New Smyrna Beach.

Called “living fossils,” horseshoe crabs have been on earth for more than 400 million years and play a vital ecological, biomedical and commercial role in our ecosystem. The species has experienced significant decline since the late 1990s and are currently listed as a “vulnerable species.”

Palmisano, a native of New Hampshire, is working toward a Ph.D. in behavioral ecology. She has previously served as an assistant aquarist in an internship at the Marine Discovery Center and has worked as a docent with the center’s live animal exhibits.

Now in her second internship at MDC while studying at Stetson, Palmisano performs horseshoe crab field research and data analysis with the center’s horseshoe crab monitoring program – a part of the larger Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) horseshoe crab watch project, which tracks the reproductive behaviors of crabs on the east and west coasts of Florida.

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

The lecture is open to the public at no charge  |  No reservations are required
Early arrival is recommended ~ seating is limited.