St Thomas, USVI — Blue Flag USVI in conjunction with the Virgin Islands Network of Environmental Educators (VINE) will host a series of environmental education presentations at the newly certified Blue Flag beaches. The free presentations are scheduled at each of the respective beaches.
Palms at Pelican Cove
Saturday, January 28th, 2012 – 10:00am
Presenter: Jennifer Travis
U.S. Fish & Wildlife, Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge
Presents: Threats & Conservation of Sea Turtles
To raise awareness about the threats to St. Croix’s endangered sea turtles.
St. Croix is a nesting habitat for three species of endangered sea turtles. Presentation will discuss the main characteristics of each species, major threats to sea turtles, and what humans can do to reduce these threats.
Presentation/Discussion, sample turtle carapi & scutes that participants can observe and touch, game for children.
For more information visit – http://www.vifishandwildlife.com/turtlenesting.htm
Saturday, January 14th, 2012– 10am
Presenter: Chris Settar
“Citizen Science Activity” hosted by VIMAS
This activity will teach its participants how to become a “citizen scientist”. Each participant will receive basic instruction on the scientific method, data collection, and how data is important in managing natural resources. Depending on the beach and current weather conditions, and on liability, available activity themes will be focused on learning about local fauna, flora, and habitats, for example: fish, coral, turtle, water quality, weather patterns; participants will learn techniques for observation, identification,
Participants will be given brochures to take home, opportunities to sign up for citizen science volunteer programs (including Blue Flag), and will be guided in how to become better stewards of the environment. Waiver forms will be signed by parents/guardians of minors before participation; in-water activity is dependent upon Blue Flag liability policy and available certified life-saving staff present at the time of activity. Choice of several activities, prepared ahead of time by VIMAS, will create options that are flexible with that day’s weather conditions, and allows adjustment for the expected variety in skill and ability levels.
For more information please visit : http://www.facebook.com/pages/UVI-Center-for-Marine-and-Environmental-Studies/273484617154
Lindbergh Bay – Emerald Beach Resort
Saturday, January 14th – 10am
Keeping Paradise in its place
Virgin Islands Network of Environmental Educators
Residents and visitors appreciate the Virgin Islands for a number of reasons, but the gorgeous beaches and stunning underwater ecosystems definitely rank at the top of our list of favorite things about St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John.
That’s why it’s important that we all keep our marine life healthy and safe. The Virgin Islands Network of Environmental Educators (VINE) has launched a new awareness campaign called “Leave Paradise in its Place” to tackle the problems we face in protecting our delicate ecosystems.
All native plants and animals of the USVI are protected under the Indigenous Species Act. It is illegal to take, catch, possess, injure, harass, or kill any native animal, or plant. All fish (unless harvested for food), coral, shells, and other marine life are protected. This means no one is allowed to leave the territory with shells, corals or any other marine life in their possession, or to mail them off-island
Great Bay – Ritz Carlton Resort
Monday, January 16th, 2012 – 10am
Threats & Conservation of Sea Turtles
Contact person: STAR Network Volunteer – Erica Palmer
STAR (Sea Turtle Assistance and Rescue) Network is a collaboration of Federal and Territorial agencies, non-governmental organizations, veterinarians, and community volunteers working together to respond to sea turtles in trouble. In addition to helping sick, injured, and disoriented sea turtle, STAR collects valuable information that allows for a better understanding of the threats facing sea turtles and better protection of these endangered species
The goal is to raise awareness about the threats to Virgin Islands endangered sea turtles. St. Thomas is a nesting habitat for three species of endangered sea turtles. Presentation will discuss the main characteristics of each species, major threats to sea turtles, and what humans can do to reduce these threats.
Presentation/Discussion, sample turtle carapi & scutes that participants can observe and touch, game for children
For more information please visit on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/STAR-Sea-Turtle-Assistance-and-Rescue/129293040434939#!/pages/STAR-Sea-Turtle-Assistance-and-Rescue/129293040434939?sk=info
The local community and visiting guests are encouraged to participate in these free presentations.
Meet the presenters at the Blue Flag Information boards on the respective dates.
For additional information contact: Valerie Peters, Blue Flag USVI Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org 340 344 8446