Fly for Conservation Hands-on Drone Building & Flying Workshop
Fly for Conservation workshops enable a network of leading wildlife conservationists to use unmanned aerial systems for wildlife conservation. This hands-on workshop will educate and train conservationists and researchers to build, program, and operate drones for their research. Participants will learn to fly the drone with a transmitter and use ground station software to program autonomous missions. These drones can be customized for specific mission needs of conservationists with a variety of sensors and micro-computers can be integrated for onboard data processing. The hands-on training will equip conservationists with the skill sets to troubleshoot, repair and maintain drones for sustainable programs. This is a two-day workshop beginning on Monday, February 12, continuing on the February 13th, with additional flying practice as time permits on February 14th and 15th.
Drone and registration cost for 1st team member: $1,795
Additional Team members: $495 ea
This workshop is limited to 4 members per team and a maximum of 6 teams to allow for adequate personalized attention.
Current Issues and Recent Developments in Sea Turtle Health and Rehabilitation
Brian Stacy, DVM, PhD and Terry Norton, DVM, DACZM
This lecture-based workshop will include presentations on select topics in sea turtle health and rehabilitation, focusing on current issues and recent developments. Specific topical areas to be covered will include causes of sea turtle strandings, current therapy, and hot topics in sea turtle rehabilitation. There will also be a group discussion on “Things that work and things that don’t”. We ask for workshop participants prepare for this ahead of time. Brian Stacy, DVM, PhD and Terry Norton, DVM, DACZM will lead the workshop with other selected speakers. This will be an all day workshop.
Potential topics to be covered (depending on attendees interests) include current health issues from the eastern US
-Emaciated loggerheads (current therapy, unanswered questions)
-Caryospora infections – an emerging disease of green turtles in the SE US?
-Brevetoxicosis and sea turtle strandings in FL (A. Foley)
-Newly encountered biotoxins (domoic acid, saxitoxin)
-Fibropapillomatosis: new guidelines for captive management
– Rehabilitation specific topics e.g., euthanasia, tagging (Ann Marie Lauritsen)
-NOAA/USFWS oil response and NRDA guidelines for sea turtles
-Medical and surgical management of traumatic injuries in sea turtles
Careers with Sea Turtles: Living your Passion
Annie Page-Karjian, David Godfrey, Niki Desjardin, Allen Foley
This workshop will explore careers in the world of sea turtle conservation that are not centered around research in an academic setting. Aimed at students, trainees and mid-career professionals considering a change, this half day session on Tuesday, February 13th (am) will include presentations and group discussions about alternative professions focused on sea turtle monitoring, research, conservation, education and advocacy. What is the job like on a day to day basis? What are the rewards and pitfalls? How should one prepare for a similar career trajectory? Come get a firsthand glimpse of what it is like to work as a research veterinarian, for an environmental consulting firm, a non-profit organization, or a government agency.
(Half Day, morning)
Workshop on Effective Political Advocacy Work
David Helvarg, Blue Frontier, Representatives, South Carolina Coastal Conservation League
This workshop will explore political advocacy in advancing science-based marine conservation projects such as sea turtle conservation. It will help participants better understand state and federal policymaking, different forms of field organizing, citizen lobbying at the state level in the Southeast and at the federal level with agencies and on Capitol Hill. It will also review new challenges in confronting the radical shift in Ocean Policy that has taken place between the Obama and Trump administrations. Some role-playing and lots of interactive discussion will take place.
(Half Day, afternoon)
Organizing Volunteers on Sea Turtle Projects
Jeannie Martin, local groups
Thousands of volunteers work with sea turtles from Virginia through Texas, and they play a vital role for conservation and management of sea turtles in the SE Region. Their duties include (but are not limited to): monitoring and protecting nests, surveying for stranded sea turtles, sea turtle rehabilitation and release, public awareness and education, and data collection/submission. While the organization and coordination of volunteers varies across the region, there are many common themes and issues that all volunteers groups must address. The aim of our workshop is to provide a venue for discussion and sharing of ideas and experiences among different volunteer groups, in order to learn from each other. Topics for discussion may include: designing and implementing education campaigns, ways to engage episodic volunteers, organizational tools or needs, dealing with difficult volunteers. etc.
(Half Day, afternoon)