Saturday, June 1, 2013

Sea Turtle Nest Tours, Oyster Mat Making In June



MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. – Guided late-night tours of loggerhead sea turtles nesting areas highlight events planned in June by the Barrier Island Center.


Turtle Walk Reservations - 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays: Join a presentation and guided walk to learn about and observe threatened loggerhead sea turtles nesting on the beaches of the barrier island. Donation of $15 is nonrefundable. Reservations limited to 22 each night. Reservations can only be made online at www.seaturtlewalks.org.


Beach Clean Up - 9 a.m. Saturday, June 15: Do your part for nesting sea turtles by keeping our beaches clean of marine debris.


World Sea Turtle Day - 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 15: Join Junior Girl Scout Troop 129 to celebrate World Sea Turtle Day in honor of Archie Carr’s birthday. The festivities begin with the musical tale of “Mama Edda the Leatherback.” Then there will be an eco-art for everyone to create a special sea turtle hat, followed by a parade about the exhibit hall. Scouts will be collecting donations to benefit sea turtle conservation.


Oyster Mat Making - 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 19: Help the Brevard Zoo create mats to restore oyster reefs in the Mosquito Lagoon.


“Coral Reef Adventure” Eco-Film - 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 22: Dive into the ocean and explore the beauty and diversity of the world’s coral reefs.


“Sea Stars!” Touch Tank - 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 22: Come meet our new “Sea Stars” and learn about the diversity of life living in the Indian River Lagoon.


The Barrier Island Sanctuary is at 8385 S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach. For more information, call (321) 723-3556.


PHOTO: Brevard Times / File