Before the Kemp’s ridley sea turtles head to the Galveston beaches for nesting season this spring, make plans to learn about these fascinating creatures at Sea Turtle Saturday on February 17th, at an informative and engaging seminar presented by the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council (GINTC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Participants will learn about sea turtle nesting, rehabilitation and more from presentations by esteemed scientists and experts from NOAA Fisheries Service, the Houston Zoo, Inc., and Texas A & M University. The event concludes with a unique tour of the island’s own sea turtle barn, where sea turtles are housed in saltwater tanks.
“Sea turtles are charismatic and beloved icons of the Texas coast and our treasured ocean systems,” says Susan Lewis, GINTC member and long-time turtle barn volunteer with NOAA. “We can all help protect the Kemp’s ridley and the other four species that frequent the Gulf of Mexico by being mindful of our actions and proactive in protecting vulnerable ecosystems.”
Event registration is $10 to cover the cost of the continental breakfast. This once a year event sells out quickly as space is limited.