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On the third Wednesday of themed educational months (February, April, June and August) from 3-4 p.m., visitors can learn about plant and animal life found in estuarine habitats. Get a closer look at a new topic each of these themed months, led by our knowledgeable volunteer docents, as well as researchers and members of environmental organizations. The program is free with free admittance to the Exhibit Hall prior to the lecture. The event takes place in the Environmental Education Center’s auditorium located at 505 Guana River Road in South Ponte Vedra Beach. For more information, call 904-823-4500.

February 15 – Right Whales

The guest speaker, Jen Jakush is a biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. She received a bachelor’s degree in marine biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She has worked with FWC’s North Atlantic Right Whale Project since 2008.

The North Atlantic right whale is one of the most endangered whale species in the world. They migrate between feeding grounds in the Gulf of Maine and winter calving areas off Georgia and Florida. Their lifespan is believed to be at least fifty years, and some may live more than a century.