This program is one of an ongoing lecture series presented on the third Tuesday of the month by the GTM Research Reserve and Marineland Dolphin Adventure.
Lauren Watkins, White Oak Conservation Education Manager, will provide a discussion on "Conserving Florida’s Panthers: From Genetics to Rehabilitation." The Florida panther (Puma concolor) is one of the most endangered large mammals in the world, with wild populations estimated to be less than 130 individuals in a restricted range in southern Florida. In partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission, White Oak Conservation works to rehabilitate injured or orphaned Florida panthers and return them to their homes in South Florida. White Oak also partners with the Southeastern Zoo Alliance for Reproductive Conservation to rescue gametes from killed or injured panthers to research the genetic diversity of their small population. Learn about White Oak’s efforts to conserve, protect, and promote the conservation of Florida’s largest cat. Click here to read more about this topic.
The series is designed to help learn more about your coastal natural world. These events are FREE. However, limited seating is available. Tickets must be purchased online. Please bring your ticket to the Marineland gift shop at 9:45 a.m. on the day of the scheduled presentation to gain entry. Participants without a ticket will not be allowed entry. Tickets for the following month will not go onsale until the conclusion of the current month's event.
LECTURE LOCATION: Marineland Dolphin Adventure, 9600 Ocean Shore Blvd., St. Augustine
Please arrive by 9:45 a.m. at the gift shop so that we can escort you to the classroom. If you attend the lecture, you'll also receive free admission to Marineland to enjoy the park afterwards.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 10-11 am: Lauren Watkins, White Oak Conservation, "Conserving Florida’s Panthers: From Genetics to Rehabilitation"
Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 10-11 am: Jeremy Owens, Ph.D., Climate Change and Ancient Ocean Chemistry, Florida State University
Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 10-11 am: Greg Bossart, Ph.D., Bottlenose Dolphins, Georgia Aquarium
Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 10-11 am: Emily Jane Murray, Florida Public Archeaology Network, "Preserving Florida's Buried Past: Archaeology, Conservation and You"