Brown Bag Lunch: Sea Turtle Nesting in the Carr Refuge

20171003-brownbag-vince-lamb-sea-turtlesPlease join us at MRC's Ted Moorhead Lagoon House Tuesday, October 3, 2017 @ 12 pm, for an educational lunchtime learning seminar with Florida Master Naturalist Vince Lamb in a discussion about the Carr Refuge and sea turtles that nest there.

The Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, formed in 1991, ranges 20.5 miles from Melbourne Beach to Wabasso. When the refuge was formed, USFWS purchased the larger oceanfront parcels that were undeveloped and had willing sellers. The lands placed in conservation represent approximately 20% of the Highway A1A frontage.

Turtle nest monitoring had been conducted by UCF starting in 1981, and this data which showed considerable nesting activity was used to support the establishment of the refuge. This refuge today is the most important nesting beach worldwide for loggerhead sea turtles and the most important nesting beach in North America for green turtles. Located close to the northern extent for leatherback turtle nesting, the refuge provides nesting habitat for a significant number of these endangered giants.

Presenter Vince Lamb is a Florida Master Naturalist who has been volunteering with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission permitted turtle walks in South Brevard since 2008. He serves as a Board Member and Treasurer of the Friends of the Carr Refuge, a non-profit that supports the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge.

Vince’s presentation will cover the history of the refuge, the research activities conducted by UCF and summary information about the turtles that nest in this refuge.

This is a lunchtime learning lecture, attendees are welcome and encouraged to bring their lunch to enjoy during the seminar.

MRC's Brown Bag Lunch Series is held the first Tuesday of each month from noon to 1:00 pm at the Ted Moorhead Lagoon House, 3275 Dixie Highway NE, Palm Bay, Florida. For more information contact MRC at 321-725-7775.