Keep Swimming : Swimming on a Changing Tide


All workshops will be held Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

We are pleased to offer five unique workshops – one full day workshop and four half-day workshops – in conjunction with the 2016 SERSTM. Please remember to select your workshops at the time of registration so that we can plan for seating.

*Full day workshop – 1 option SEA TURTLE REHABILITATION AND HEALTH WORKSHOP: 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M., Included with registration
Dr. Terry Norton (The Georgia Sea Turtle Center)
This will be a full day workshop. Although details are still being finalized, potential topics include:

  • Cold stunned sea turtle medical management and logistics using the 2014 Cape Cod event as the primary example
  • Innovative wound care techniques
  • In my experience: Things that work well and things that do not. Audience participation is expected
  • Debilitated sea turtle medical management

*Half day workshops  – 4 options EDUCATION, OUTREACH and SOCIAL MEDIA: 9:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M., Included with registration
Mrs. Rebecca Mott (Inwater Research Group)
The Education, Outreach and Social Media workshop will highlight how different organizations are sharing their information with the public. Attendees will have the chance to listen to experts in the field of conservation education and learn how they are sharing their organizations’ research with the community. Presenters will emphasize how they are translating sea turtle research into valuable and dynamic conservation education. Topics covered will include, but are not limited to:

  • Curriculum development
  • Free education initiatives
  • Public programs
  • Social media sharing

USING DRONES FOR RESEARCH: 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., Included with registration
Dr. Thane Wibbels (University of Alabama–Birmingham) and Elizabeth Bevan (University of Alabama–Birmingham)
The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in ecology and conservation research represents a rapidly evolving field with great potential. The purpose of this workshop is to provide an overview of the capability and utility of currently available low cost UAVs for sea turtle research along with logistical and regulatory issues. Topics to be covered include:

  • Overview of capabilities and limitations of relatively low cost UAVs that are currently available
  • Regulatory issues associated with using UAVs for sea turtle research
  • Examples of how UAVs can be used as a new avenue for collecting data regarding sea turtle biology and conservation.

VOLUNTEER WORKSHOP: 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., Included with registration
Mrs. Pam Yadamec (Share the Beach Fundraising Coordinator)
The workshop is being presented by Share the Beach, Alabama’s sea turtle conservation program formed in 2001 by the Friends of the Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge in Gulf Shores, Alabama. This workshop will provide a platform to share information with others to find out what works and what doesn’t. In this informal workshop we will get to know one another and discuss topics such as:

  • Daily operations
  • Best practices
  • Volunteer management
  • Community outreach
  • Other concerns such as lighting, nest monitoring, trash, nest relocation.

If your group has special literature that you would like to share please bring copies for attendees.

BLUE MIND: 1:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M., $25 Fee
Dr. Wallace J Nichols
A ground breaking conversation surrounding Blue Mind, a New York Times Best Seller by author Wallace J. Nichols, on the remarkable truth about the benefits of being in, on, under or simply near water. Combining cutting edge research with compelling personal stories, Dr. Nichols shows how proximity to water can improve performance, increase calm, diminish anxiety, and increase professional success. Blue Mind not only illustrates the crucial importance of our connection to water – it provides a paradigm shifting ‘blueprint’ for a better life. Dr. Nichols will sign copies of his book immediately after the workshop and at the welcome social.