Southeast Regional Sea Turtle Meeting
February 12-16, 2018 Myrtle Beach, SC
Visit the Exhibitor/Vendor Venue from 9:00am to 4:00pm Tuesday and
6:00pm to 8:00pm Tuesday evening for the Welcome Reception.
Open 9:00am to 7:15pm Wednesday with
Public Open House
from 3:30pm to 7:15pm.
Open 9:00am to 4:00pm Thursday.
Exhibitor/Vendor Chair: Janet Hochella
Carol Hansen Nature Photography with the Sea Turtle Preservation Society
Longtime member and volunteer of the Sea Turtle Preservation Society, Carol Hansen will showcase the natural wonder of the East Coast of Central Florida as seen especially in its birds and sea turtles through her photography. Along with her photographic items, information on the Sea Turtle Preservation Society, operating in Brevard County, Florida, since 1984, will be available. From turtle walks to Turtle Krawls, the STPS fulfills their mission of “Helping sea turtles survive” in multiple capacities.
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Gulf Islands National Seashore sponsors a citizen science and student research project called Turtle T.H.i.S. (Teens Helping in the Seashore), formed in 2014 through a partnership with the National Park Foundation, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the NPS Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division. The project is part of a multifaceted sea turtle conservation effort along 160 miles of undeveloped beaches that grace Gulf Islands where four species of federally protected sea turtles nest including the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), the green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), the leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), and the Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle
(Lepidochelys kempii). The project engages approximately 200 youth from local schools and colleges—including these students from Escambia High School in Pensacola, FL—to help with data collection, management, analysis, and outreach. National Park Service Rangers and Turtle THiS students will give out sea turtle magnets, designed by a student intern. They will also talk about the Turtle THiS project and sea turtles in the seashore.
Herding Turtles – Coins, Currency and Exonumia
An avid coin collector with a strong interest in turtles, Bob Carr is writing a book entitled Herding Turtles into a Numismatic Collection with Coins, Notes, and Exonumia. Bob’s interest in turtles grew from a green sea turtle encounter that he and his wife experienced while snorkeling in Maui a few years ago. Turtles became a special symbol of their relationship. This numismatist and ISTS member now has 1083 turtle coins, notes, and exonumia (numismatic items other than coins and paper money) from 157 countries. Bob will be displaying his collection at the Southeast Regional Sea Turtle Meeting where he will have some numismatic items available for purchase.
jim downey glass (JDG)
Jim Downey has been making functional flame-worked glass art for over 40 years. Incorporated in 2005, and fully realized in 2009, JDG moved to Wilmington, North Carolina in 2011. After moving to the beautiful Azalea Coast where Loggerhead sea turtles nest every summer, Jim realized that making glass sea turtles was going to be a very important part of his future. Jim makes ornaments, sculptures and jewelry. A large portion of his glass sea turtle art benefits sea turtle protection groups.
Kathleen Sheard, Wildlife Glass Artist
Kathleen Sheard joined Alligator Point Sea Turtle Patrol in 2008. Starting with the tropical storms of 2009 and then the BP oil spill in 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico, the intention of her cast glass sea turtles would change. She is creating a new body of work that emphasizes the human-initiated threats that marine wildlife currently face. Using her cast glass sculptures, she brings into focus how these obstacles impact sea turtles and other aquatic wildlife daily. She will exhibit some of her recent works, along with other kiln formed and cast glass artwork. Drawings, prints and environmental photographs of her adventures with sea turtles and other marine life on a beach and in the ocean will be included. Bill Wargo, director of APSTP, sets up a table locally around Alligator Point, Florida with pamphlets and other informational objects to educate the children and adults about what we can do to help save turtles. Kathleen will have literature and books that she has found inspiring and educational on ways to save our threatened and endangered sea turtles.
Lotek is a world leader in design and manufacture of wildlife monitoring systems. Their innovative and internationally recognized satellite, acoustic, archival and radio monitoring solutions allow researchers to track animals of almost any size in most environments.
NOAA Fisheries is responsible for the stewardship of the nation’s ocean resources and their habitat. They provide vital services: productive and sustainable fisheries, safe sources of seafood, the recovery and conservation of protected resources, and healthy ecosystems. The Office of Protected Resources is a headquarters program office of NOAA Fisheries that works to conserve, protect, and recover marine mammals, endangered species, and their habitats.
Ocean Conservancy works to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges. They create science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and for the wildlife and communities that depend on it. Their Trash Free Seas Program Associate Director will be attending the 2018 SERSTM to offer routes for community outreach and engagement around the issue of ocean trash and more specifically how it affects sea turtles and critical nesting habitat. From years of experience in the International Coastal Cleanup, they will share new data collection and retrieval tools, free outreach/educational materials and more. They are especially interested in connecting with volunteer groups big and small who are tackling marine debris in their communities and collaborating through partnerships like these to have the greatest impact in reducing the threat of marine debris to turtles.
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Founded in 1959, the Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) is the oldest sea turtle conservation organization in the world. Headquartered in Gainesville, Florida, STC is dedicated to protecting sea turtles through research, training, advocacy, education and the protection of habitats. STC will offer free educational materials and have a wide selection of sea turtle related merchandise for sale.
In order to advance marine turtle knowledge and conservation efforts from Virginia to Texas, the Southeast Regional Sea Turtle Network will sponsor a biennial meeting to facilitate the presentation and exchange of scientific research from diverse disciplines conducted on the beaches and waters of the southeastern United States. The display will highlight the many projects that embody this organization.
South Carolina Coastal Conservation League
The mission of the SC Coastal Conservation League is to protect the threatened resources of the South Carolina coastal plain — its natural landscapes, abundant wildlife, clean water, and quality of life — by working with citizens and government on proactive, comprehensive solutions to environmental challenges. From sandy beaches, healthy marshes, freshwater swamps to pine savannas, they protect natural habitats and the wildlife that depends on them. SCCCL supports the communities they live in by ensuring they have clean air to breathe, fresh water to drink, and sustainable energy to power their homes and places of work. Most of all, the SC Coastal Conservation League strives to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy the same spaces and quality of life that South Carolina does today.
Telonics, Inc. offers the research community tracking devices for a wide variety of wildlife and environmental monitoring. They provide GPS satellite-linked, and VHF, systems. GPS systems for sea turtles include Telonics Quick Fix positioning, and can use the Iridium or Argos satellite systems for transferring the data. Telonics have been using the Iridium satellite system for data transfer on terrestrial mammals for 10 years and now have transferred what they have learned to devices for sea turtles and marine mammals. A Telonics representative will be attending the conference. Please stop by their display for more information.
From the collection of Janet Hochella, a turtle enthusiast, conservationist, and research volunteer, items with a turtle theme will abound in this vendor space. Turtle items from clothing to jewelry to fabric to toys will be among the eclectic, one-of-a-kind turtle finds.
Turtle Bags Inc.
Turtle Bags are the newest purses with interchangeable “ shells” that allow the user to match their purse to an outfit, holiday, or special occasion by simply changing out the shell in the purse’s window. Cheryl Potts, Turtle Bags designer, has created a unique and creative handbag available as a tote or cross body bag. For every Turtle Bag purchase, one dollar is donated to the National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation located in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. Turtle Bags are fun and affordable! It’s one shell of a purse!
Turtles In Clay
Soon after leaving his position as a biologist with the Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska, Dr. Jackson discovered and became enthralled with ceramics. Over the last 14 years he has received instruction and inspiration from many potters in North Carolina and adjacent areas. Most of his work has incorporated his passion for marine turtles. His unique and popular pieces have been shown at multiple sea turtle meetings and will be available at SERSTM Feb. 12-16, 2108.
U.S. Navy Stewards of the Sea
The “Stewards of the Sea: Defending Freedom, Protecting the Environment”, portable exhibit(s) highlight the U.S. Navy’s commitment to protecting marine mammals and sea turtles through scientific research and mitigation measures that keep our oceans clean when operating and training at sea. Environmental and energy stewardship initiatives include developing clean shipboard technologies, implementing protective measures, and partnering with regulators and scientists.
Valerie Lofton Sea Turtle Hearts with South Walton Turtle Watch
A volunteer with The South Walton Turtle Watch since 2000, Valerie Lofton started Sea Turtle Hearts as a small fundraiser to benefit the South Walton Turtle Watch, a nonprofit group of volunteers whose purpose is to locate endangered and threatened sea turtle nests and to protect them along the beaches of NW Florida during the crucial nesting and hatching season. Valerie debuted her designs at the 2015 SERSTM and they have grown to include many more products. On display will be information about SWTW along with Valerie’s Sea Turtle Hearts items for purchase, a portion of which Valerie continues to donate to the South Walton Turtle Watch.
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