Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve
CONTACT: Patrician Price, 904-823-4506

~The lecture provides a great opportunity to learn more about sea turtles~

Catherine Eastman is the guest speaker.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve) invites the public to attend a free lecture, "More than You Ever Wanted to Know About ... Sea Turtles." The event will be held on Wednesday, August 19 at the Environmental Education Center in Ponte Vedra Beach. 

"The two most common sea turtle species that strand in Northeast Florida are the Loggerhead and Green sea turtles," said Michael Shirley, director of the GTM Research Reserve. "The Whitney Lab's Sea Turtle Program will provide an important service to injured and ill sea turtles in Northeast Florida."

Sea turtles wash onto Florida’s beaches for a variety of reasons such as boat strikes, cold-stunning (reptiles often can’t tolerate extreme cold), swallowed fish bait and hook, and illnesses. The rehabilitation component of the Sea Turtle Program will provide excellent medical treatment to rehabilitate debilitated and injured sea turtles. Once healthy and cleared by Whitney’s veterinarian, the turtles will be released back to their habitat, and in some cases, affixed with a satellite transmitter that will enable scientists to further monitor their post-rehab behaviors.

Guest lecturer Catherine Eastman is the Sea Turtle Program coordinator of the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, a research institute of the University of Florida, located in St. Augustine. Eastman has over 10 years experience working in sea turtle conservation and environmental education.

Visitors can learn "more than they ever wanted to know" about plant and animal life found in estuarine habitats. Topics are presented on the third Wednesday of every other month by knowledgeable volunteers, as well as researchers and members of environmental organizations. These events are free with paid entrance to the Environmental Education Center, so space is limited.

Reservations for the lecture can be made online by clicking here. For more information, call 904-823-4500.

WHAT:   Lecture: "More than You Ever Wanted to Know About ... Sea Turtles"

WHEN:    Wednesday, August 19
               3 - 4 p.m.

WHERE:  GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center
               505 Guana River Rd.
               Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
About the GTM Research Reserve
The GTM Research Reserve is one of 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves across the nation focused on researching, educating and protecting the natural biodiversity and cultural resources within the estuary. It is managed by Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Coastal Office, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Environmental Education Center is located at 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, 32082. For more information about the GTM Research Reserve, please call 904-823-4500 or visit our website at