PONTE VEDRA BEACH – The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve invites the public to attend a free marine mammals lecture, “More than You Ever Wanted to Know About … Right Whales.” This event will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at the Reserve’s Environmental Education Center in Ponte Vedra Beach.
“February is the middle of right whale calving season and a great opportunity to learn about this marine mammal,” said Michael Shirley, director of the GTM Research Reserve.
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 50 years, and some may live more than a century.
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.
On the third Wednesday of every other month, visitors can learn “more than they ever wanted to know” about plant and animal life found in estuarine habitats. Topics are presented by knowledgeable volunteers, as well as researchers and members of environmental organizations. These events are free with paid entrance to the Education Center, so space is limited.
Reservations can be made online by clicking here. For more information, call 904-823-4500.
WHAT: Lecture: “More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About…Right
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 18
3 – 4 p.m.
WHERE: GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center
505 Guana River Rd.
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082