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Published on April 24th, 2013 | by NSB Observer

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Rescue, Rehabilitate, Release

Visitors have the chance to get acquainted with endangered sea turtles and other marine life during the 11th annual Turtle Day at the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet on April 27.

Attendees can meet glove-trained birds of prey and visit booths staffed by artists, crafters, the Halifax River Audubon Society, Canaveral National Seashore, the Volusia/Flagler Turtle Patrol, and the Volusia Sea Turtle Society.

At a triage tent, children can bandage a stuffed animal and learn how the animal rehabilitation staff takes care of injured birds and sea turtles. Other activities will include face painting, crafts and live music.

Vendors will serve food, beverages and frozen custard.

The day will culminate at 3 p.m. with the likely release of a rehabilitated sea turtle and several pelicans and gulls at the Beach Street ramp in Ponce Inlet. The releases are dependent on animal health and environmental conditions.

Admission to the Marine Science Center will be free on Turtle Day.

marine science centerThe Marine Science Center is an environmental learning center providing rehabilitation for sick and injured sea turtles and seabirds. Visitors can learn about marine life in the center’s exhibit hall, which includes a 5,000-gallon artificial reef aquarium, a stingray touch pool, anatomical exhibits of a whale and dolphin, and a gift shop. They also can watch turtles and birds receive specialized care, visit habitats for a bald eagle and wading birds, walk along a nature trail, and climb a bird observation tower.

Since opening in 2002, the Marine Science Center has cared for nearly 900 juvenile and adult sea turtles; more than 15,000 hatchlings and washbacks; and nearly 1,000 gopher tortoises, freshwater turtles and snakes. The Mary Keller Seabird Rehabilitation Facility at the Marine Science Center has received more than 9,500 birds since opening in 2004.

The Friends of the Marine Science Center, a group of residents who support the center with fundraising and volunteering, will co-host the event. Sponsors include Hollywood Theaters of Port Orange, the Town of Ponce Inlet, and Ritter’s Frozen Custard.

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