Published on November 9th, 2012 | by NSB Observer0
Locals Can Help Track Northern Right Whales
There are fewer than 300 Northern Right Whales in existence. Every winter they migrate south to the Florida coast where many of the mothers give birth. Their survival depends on caring and committed citizens, but there is a gap in our volunteer network coverage in the New Smyrna Beach area. This is why the Marine Discovery Center (MDC) has organized a public meeting informing locals on how they can help.
This lecture will be held at the MDC’s new location at 520 Barracuda Blvd., on Thursday, November 15 from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM and will train volunteers on how to monitor our beaches, becoming the eyes, ears and voice of the Northern Right Whales.
This event is free to the public and reservations are not required.
Julie Albert, a coordinator with the Marine Resources Council Northern Right Whale Sighting Network, will be the featured speaker at this event.
Albert earned her Bachelor of Science in marine biology at Texas A&M University at Galveston in 1995. For five years she was an active volunteer in the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network assisting with marine mammal strandings and necropsies. From 1995 through 1998 Julie worked as an aquaculture lab assistant for the National Resource Center for Cephalopods in Galveston.
In 1999 Albert started volunteering for the Florida Marine Research Institute in Melbourne (now the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission). She secured her job as Program Coordinator of MRC’s right whale program in 1999.
The long range vision of the MDC is to see a healthy Indian River Lagoon Estuary (IRL) and the ecosystem it supports preserved and enjoyed for its natural beauty, unmatched diversity of species and rich fishery for generations to come. Initiatives and activities designed to achieve this vision include providing education, research, restoration and heightened public awareness of this wondrous, fragile natural resource. In order to preserve the IRL for the enjoyment of future generations, a goal of the MDC is to showcase the biodiversity of this treasured natural resource and to examine research and encourage human interaction “On The Water” with the estuary.