Public invited to discover “On the Wild Side” in an engaging series of evening presentations.
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga., Feb. 12, 2014 – The Jekyll Island Authority is proud to announce an exciting new program presented by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center designed to engage the public on wildlife and conservation issues. A highly visual and engaging series of talks includes four evening presentations, three of which will spotlight the Center’s professional staff as they share their insights into prevailing wildlife themes of the day.
The kick-off event will be Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, and include a 30-minute reception featuring exhibits and displays followed by a 1 hour presentation entitled Wild Adventures from a Wildlife and Zoo Veterinarian by Dr. Terry Norton. Dr. Norton is the Veterinarian, Director and Founder of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, a department of the Jekyll Island Authority. The audience will be lead on a journey through the fascinating career of a zoo and wildlife veterinarian. Dr. Norton has worked with a wide array of wildlife ranging from small frogs to elephants and giraffe, providing medical and surgical care in a number of different facilities and environments. Brief talks will be given by individuals influenced by Dr. Norton, including stories told by Center staff specialists Michelle Kaylor, Katie Higgins, Jeannie Miller and Dr. Kimberly Andrews.
Sheryl Staaden, a professional zoo keeper from the Jacksonville Zoo will have a table display with information on using behavioral training in zoo animals. The display will highlight information on their recent success of performing artificial insemination on jaguars at the zoo. Gerald Douberly, a farrier from Savannah, Georgia will have information on his trade and his horseshoe artwork. Gerald was the consulting farrier for St. Catherines Island where he trimmed the zebra hooves for many years. Staff from St. Catherines Island will have a table displaying lemur behavior, medical care, and conservation and common immobilizing equipment such as dart guns and darts that have been used on some of the captive animals that have been housed on St. Catherines over the years. Other Georgia Sea Turtle Center staff will have a table on wound care in turtles and wildlife telemetry.
Future events in the lecture series will continue the theme of interesting and interactive presentations. On April 3 Dr. Kimberly Andrews will present Forty Years of Nesting Turtles on Jekyll Island. On May 8 David Thomas of the American Museum of Natural History will give a talk on the archaeological discovery of a Spanish mission from the 1500s on St. Catherines Island. This inaugural lecture series will close on August 26 with several Georgia Sea Turtle Center staff presenting Conservation in Motion: The Story of the Diamondback Terrapin. Led by Michelle Kaylor, Dr. Norton and Dr. Andrews, the talk will focus on the protection of the diamondback terrapin through roadside management planning which reduces terrapin mortality on Georgia’s causeways and elsewhere.
The public is invited and encouraged to join these conservation professionals and hear their fascinating stories working on wildlife and missions influencing Georgia’s natural resources. All ticket proceeds benefit the on-going work at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Individual lectures ticket prices will be $10, $5 for students. There will be a cash bar at the events and all presentations will be at the Jekyll Island Convention Center from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.
The 2014 “Wild Side” Lecture Series presented by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center:
- March 13, 2014 – 6:30 – 8:00 pm – Wild Adventures from a Wildlife and Zoo Veterinarian
- April 3, 2014 – 6:30 – 8:00 pm – Forty Years of Nesting Turtles on Jekyll Island
- May 8, 2014 – 6:30 – 8:00 pm – Spanish Mission on St. Catherines Island
- August 26, 2014 – 6:30 – 8:00 pm - Conservation in Motion: The Story of the Diamondback Terrapin
Event times and dates are subject to change. For more information call the Jekyll Island Authority, Georgia Sea Turtle Center at (912) 635-4043, or e-mail email@example.com or visit www.jekyllisland.com.