Aloha HBEP Educational Lecture Series Patrons,

Here is some information about this week’s Sundays at the Bay, an outreach educational series presented by the Hanauma Bay Education Program, University of Hawai`i Sea Grant College Program.

SUNDAY February 1st 2015

Name: Dr. Devon Francke, NOAA Marine Turtle Research Program

Talk title: “The Turtle Research Program and Overview of Sea Turtles in Hawaiʻi and Hanauma Bay”

Abstract: The Turtle Research Program of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been researching Hawaiian sea turtles since the 1970s.  The program has some of the most extensive databases on sea turtles collected in the world.  In this presentation, the purpose of the program and the focus of our investigations and activities will be discussed.  These activities range from performing field work to assess the health and growth of native sea turtles, to monitoring nesting beaches and creating models to determine population growth, to rescuing sea turtles to study the main causes of stranding events.  Additionally, the general biology of Hawaiian sea turtles will be discussed, with a special emphasis on sea turtles found in Hanauma Bay.

The presentation will be in the education alcove in the Hanauma Bay Education Center at 3:00 p.m. (public parking is $1.00/vehicle). Admittance to the lecture presentation will begin at 2:45 p.m. outside the entrance to the Education Center by the benches.  Those who are attending the lecture presentation ONLY and are admitted at this time by the Education staff will bypass the admission window.  Please do not arrive earlier than 2:45 p.m.  Patrons attending ONLY the Educational Lecture will be given a special red “Hawaii Sea Grant” hand stamp that will allow access into the education alcove for the lecture but no access to the beach itself.  Lecture will begin promptly at 3 p.m.

*Please NOTE: Anyone who wishes to go to the beach BEFORE the lecture, will be processed through the regular admission line and shall pay the admission fee of $7.50 (if you are not a Hawaii resident).

We hope to see you all there! These education programs are supported and funded by the City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation.

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