SoMAS Southampton Spring Lecture Series
On Friday, September 13th at 7:30pm, Maxine Montello, Rescue Program Director from the New York Marine Rescue Center will present a lecture titled: “Creation of a citizen science program in response to historical increase in New York’s cold stunned sea turtles” in the Duke Lecture Hall of Chancellor’s Hall on the Stony Brook Southampton Campus.
The abstract of the talk appears below. We hope to see you there!
Long Island Sound and the Great Peconic Bays are known habitats for foraging juvenile populations of sea turtles within the southern barrier lagoons and eastern bays. Every winter, sea turtles strand throughout these habitats as a result of a climate-related cold snaps that typically occur quickly in the late fall and lead to cold stunning, a physiological temperature shock similar to hypothermia. In New York State waters, hypothermia is the leading cause of stranding and mortality in sea turtles. The New York Marine Rescue Center (NYMRC) is the primary response team for sea turtles – responding to the second highest number of cold stun individuals in the Greater Atlantic Region – and maintains the only sea turtle rehabilitation facility in New York. Join Maxine Montello, Rescue Program Director, and learn the history of cold stunning events in New York and how you can help this critical species.