510 S Indiana Ave, Englewood, FL 34223, USA
Did you know that on Manasota Key sea turtles nest in greater numbers than anywhere else on the Gulf coast?
On Tuesday, February 27th at 7pm the Lemon Bay Historical Society will present a program on sea turtles by Carol J. Leonard at the historic Green Street Church in Englewood. Carol, a member of the Coastal Wildlife Club Turtle Patrol, will talk about monitoring turtle activity during the 6-month nesting season.
Learn which turtle species lay nests in our area, what are their chances for survival and what volunteers in the Coastal Wildlife Club Turtle Patrol do to help.
Did you know: Sea turtle mothers carefully select their nesting sites and work to bury and camouflage the location of their eggs, but that is the extent of their care. The little hatchlings are on their own. They will instinctively crawl to the ocean and swim in a “frenzy” for several days until they hopefully reach their first life stage home in rafts of Sargasssum seaweed in the Gulf. But the slightest distraction, such as lighting other than the natural moonlight may disorient them causing them to veer away from the water and possibly die.
Carol Leonard has been an Englewood resident since moving from New England in 1980. With degrees in Zoology and Marine Science Education, she taught Biology, Honors Biology, Anatomy & Physiology and Marine Science at Lemon Bay High School, retiring in 2011. She is a Past-President of the Florida Marine Science Education Association (FMSEA) and past member of the Board of Directors of the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC).
Carol’s many awards include 1992 Champion of the Classroom Tandy Technology Scholar, 1993 Outstanding Biology Teacher in Florida, 1997 Florida Marine Educator of the Year, and 2002 Regional Finalist for Florida Teacher of the Year.
On Special Assignment leave from Lemon Bay High, she developed and piloted the West County Environmental Education Program which since 1994 has brought elementary students to Cedar Point and Lemon Bay.
She continues to organize and implement outreach activities for the Turtle Patrol for school and community groups in addition to her roles as Board Secretary, contracts and grant coordinator, and assisting with orientation and training of new turtle patrol volunteers.
Admission to Carol’s “Turtle Talk” is free and all are invited. Light refreshments will be served. That’s Tuesday, February 27th at 7pm at the historic Green Street Church in Englewood
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