RSVP for Foreman Biodiversity Lecture on 9/14 – Tonya Long – Improving Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches

Join us for the first Edward and Bonnie Foreman Biodiversity Lecture of the fall semester at noon in the Great Hall on Thursday, September 14, 2017. Tonya Long, a fish and wildlife biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), will present “The Dark Side: Improving Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches Through Comprehensive Light Management.”

Sea turtles are one of Florida’s most unique and awe-inspiring inhabitants. Habitat degradation due to artificial lighting remains one of the major hindrances to the recovery of sea turtle populations. This lecture will examine the relationship between sea turtles and lighting, and the ways in which federal, state, and local agencies are implementing management strategies to reduce the impact of artificial lighting on nesting and hatchling sea turtles.

Tonya Long works with properties, local governments, and the public to help maintain wildlife-friendly beaches through appropriate lighting practices. She also coordinates with FWC Marine Turtle Permit Holders statewide on monitoring and reporting sea turtle disorientation events.

Lunch will be served. To attend, RSVP to by Tuesday, September 12.