MAREX Update

MAREX receives funding to support a Coastal Bird Education Program

MAREX has been awarded a grant from the Savannah Presbytery M.K. Pentecost Ecology Fund to support a bird education program at the UGA Aquarium on Skidaway Island. The funds will be used to purchase equipment for birding programs offered on site and in the field. The goal of the program is to make the public aware of coastal bird species and their declining populations. Destruction of coastal habitats due to development is one of the main reasons Painted Buntings, American Oystercatchers, and Least Terns are declining in populations. For more information, contact Mary Sweeney-Reeves at msweeney@uga.edu.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASanders presents to Southeastern Atlantic Marine Debris Strategy Working Group

Dodie Sanders was invited to present and showcase Project SORT, and the June 18-20 regional meeting in Charleston SC organized by SEAMDI (NOAA’s SE Atlantic Marine Debris Initiative).

Olenderski attends Georgia Sea Turtle Conservation Teacher Workshop

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAssistant Curator Lisa Olenderski attended and represented MAREX at the workshop held June 16-18 on Sapelo Island, Georgia. Hosted by Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve, the professional development workshop included sea turtle related topics such as life history, anatomy, morphology, threats, rehabilitation, current projects relevant to marine turtle and estuarine research, epibiont lab, stranding necropsies, potential adaptations in response to climate change and classroom activities.

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