PONTE VEDRA BEACH – The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve invites the public to a free lecture, “Conservation Issues Facing Wild Bottlenose Dolphins,” on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at the Marineland Field Office.
“Though now listed as a protected species under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, these charismatic dolphins still face serious threats in many parts of their habitat,” said Michael Shirley, director of the GTM Research Reserve.
Bottlenose dolphins face many risks in the wild, including disease, injuries from boat strikes or marine debris, entanglements and ingestion of foreign objects, such as fishing gear.
The two co-speakers presenting the lecture are Terran McGinnis, manager of education and community development at the Marineland Dolphin Adventure and Matthew Denny, field coordinator for Georgia Aquarium’s Dolphin Conservation Field Station. They will share how their teams respond to reports of injured and stranded animals, conduct research and education programs, perform necropsies on deceased animals and participate in observation studies of Florida’s dolphin population.
Terran McGinnis has extensive experience working with dolphins, and co-authored the book, “Marineland” in Arcadia Publishing’s, “Images of America” series. She has a degree in biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Co-speaker Matthew Denny is a member of the Southeast Region Marine Mammal Stranding Network and is co-investigator of photo-identification longitudinal research. Denny received his degree in psychology and animal behavior from Clemson University, with a double minor in biological sciences and Spanish. He also served in India as a student naturalist, assisting with Bengal tiger conservation efforts at two different reserves.
The program is part of an ongoing third-Tuesday-of-the-month lecture series designed to inform the public about Florida’s coastal environment. These events are free, but space is limited. Reservations can be made online here or call 904-823-4500 for more information.
WHAT: Lecture: “Conservation Issues Facing Wild Bottlenose Dolphins”
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 17
10 – 11 a.m.
WHERE: GTM Marineland Office
9741 N. Ocean Shore Blvd.
Marineland, FL 32137