UNC Wilmington Marine Quest will be on hand speaking about their Turtle Trash Collectors program, funded through the NOAA Marine Debris Program. The goal of this program is to educate the public about the dangers of marine debris. The program is a hands-on experience aimed towards youth that allows them to investigate how sea turtles died, using plush sea turtles.
“It is our hope that youth will be inspired to help save sea turtles after this experience by participating in our Turtle Trash Collectors badging program where they earn digital badges for cleaning up their community,” says Laura Sirak-Schaeffer.
A team from UNC Chapel Hill’s Lohmann lab will also be attending the event, to speak about the research they continue to do at their lab. Each year the Lohmann’s study 16 of Bald Head Island’s hatchlings, following their migration patterns and trying to learn how a hatchling born on Bald Head can spend 20 years and 10,000 miles spanning the entire ocean, only to return to our precious island, when they are fully mature.
Lein Soltan, a Laboratory Animal Coordinator will be joining Grad Student Kayla Goforth, who conducted research at BHI last summer and will be continuing this summer.
“I think this would be a great opportunity for people to become familiar with our lab before we start field work this summer to increase their comfort and ease concerns about us working with the turtles, says Lein Soltan, Laboratory Animal Coordinator, from UNC Chapel Hill.
We hope you will join us Wednesday, June 19th on the Bald Head Island Conservancy’s campus for the World Sea Turtle Day celebration.
For questions about this event email /Blog/285900/World-Sea-Turtle-Day-June-19th.