Lela Schlenker and Georgina Cox manned the RECOVER table at the 13th Annual TurtleFest hosted by the Loggerhead Marinelife Center on Saturday March 19th in Juno Beach, Florida. They were able to speak with attendees about the widespread research the RECOVER Consortium is performing nationally, as well as their individual research projects out of the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
For the event, the outreach team developed a fishing trivia game for children, where they have to ‘fish’ for a mahi card which had a trivia question on the back. Questions ranged from easy to difficult and covered an assortment of topics including mahi-mahi biology, marine ecosystems, and oil spills.
“It was great to see kids engaged and interested in learning about the effects of oil exposure on the mahi mahi”. Says Georgina.
Overall, it was a successful day of outreach until the team was forced to take shelter from the unpredictable South Florida weather as a series of thunderstorms rolled through the event.
The annual TurtleFest draws in over 10,000 guests from the South Florida area and focuses on “promoting conservation through up close interactions with threatened and endangered sea turtles, as well as art, shopping, educational presentations, games, and other activities”.