EcoWatch Lecture Series – On the Cutting Edge of Conservation!
Glimpse the many faces of conservation as experts in their fields share their work, research, and experiences, with the common goal of a more sustainable future.
Lectures will be held from November through April in the Community Room at the Downtown Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave, Boca Raton.
- Reservations are recommended to assure space for you or your group in these free monthly programs; please call (561)544-8605 to reserve.
- Ages 10 and up; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
November's Talk - Wednesday, November 30, 6:30 pm
Sea Turtle Nesting in Boca Raton
Discover how our sea turtle conservation team at Gumbo Limbo monitors Boca Raton’s five miles of beach for nesting activity. How many nests have we gotten in the past and what does the future hold? Learn ways you can help and share the beach with these amazing animals.
David Anderson is the Sea Turtle Conservation Coordinator at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. He supervises the collection of sea turtle nesting data along Boca Raton’s beaches and conducts nighttime lighting surveys and monitors beach renourishment project zones. He also leads nighttime turtle walks, hatchling releases, and responds to sea turtle stranding events.
December's Talk - Wednesday, December 28, 6:30 pm
Respect the Locals: Diving into LMC’s Conservation Based Initiatives
Valerie Tovar, Conservation Coordinator, Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Loggerhead Marinelife Center's Conservation Department, Project SHIELD, works to develop and implement multifaceted comprehensive solutions to man-made threats facing sea turtles. The Project SHIELD focuses on sustainable fishing interactions, sea turtle safe boating, habitat restoration and pollution prevention initiatives. With an estimation of over eight million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, pollution prevention is a top priority of LMC’s conservation initiatives. To combat plastic pollution, LMC regularly conducts on land and underwater cleanups, implements the Blue Table Restaurant Program and hosts our Annual Tour de Trash beach cleanup initiative.
Throughout this presentation, we will dive into the world of conservation and the various initiatives conducted under project shield.