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Marineland Monthly Lecture
October 9, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am| Free
Registration and Important Notice
CLICK HERE to RSVP for the October 9th Marineland Lecture.
Registration for Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 begins Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. 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.
What to Expect
This program is one of an ongoing lecture series presented on the 3rd Tuesday of the month by the GTM Research Reserve and Marineland Dolphin Adventure. 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 on sale until the conclusion of the current month’s event.
Marineland Dolphin Adventure, 9600 Ocean Shore Blvd., St. Augustine
Title: Mapping Manatees in the Lower St. Johns River
Florida manatees inhabit the Lower St. Johns River Basin in their highest numbers between April and October each year when water temperatures are favorable. However, there are still many unanswered questions about the distribution and habitat use of these aquatic herbivores in this area. My graduate research analyzed data collected by Jacksonville University researchers during aerial surveys from 2002-2017 to better understand the distribution of Florida manatees in the Lower St. Johns River in recent years. I compare my findings to past research to assess changes in the population over time. I also utilize geographic information system (GIS) software to map known manatee locations and identify areas with high concentrations of sightings. These “hotspots” indicate areas of high priority for conservation efforts. Continued monitoring of the relative abundance and distribution of manatees in northeast Florida as it relates to habitat resources and human interactions is critical to reaching the goals of local, state, and federal protection plans.
- Do I need a reservation to attend? Yes, please register online by following the links provided above.
- If I can’t make it, how do I cancel my reservation? Upon making the reservation you should have received an email confirmation. There is information about canceling within the email. Since a lot of our guided family programs are full, we strongly encourage you to cancel (as opposed to just not showing up) so that we may accommodate another person/family.
- What is the lecture about? On the calendar of events, the description of the lecture is given for each month. Click on the day of the lecture to view the details. CLICK HERE to view the calendar.
- What should I wear? The event is indoors, therefore seasonal attire is appropriate. You will be able to tour the facility after the lecture, so wear comfortable walking shoes.
- What should I bring? Please bring a reusable water bottle, camera, and your printed off ticket.
- Where should I turn in my ticket when I get there? CLICK HERE for a Google Map. Bring your ticket to the Marineland gift shop on the day of the scheduled presentation to gain entry. Please arrive by 9:45 a.m. at the gift shop so we can escort you to the classroom.
- Are there any fees? No. However, you are welcome to donate to our Citizen Support Organization (Friends of the GTM Reserve) for which in turn supports all of the efforts of the GTM Research Reserve (including this lecture series).
- Is there anything else to see afterwards? If you attend the lecture, you’ll also receive free admission to Marineland to enjoy the park afterwards.
- When can I sign up for another Lecture? Marineland Lecture Series tickets open at 2:00 p.m. the day of a lecture. Therefore, if the lecture is on Tuesday, tickets for the next lecture will open at 2:00 p.m. that afternoon.