The Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island will host Kelly Thorvalson on April 25 at 3 p.m. for Sea Turtle Conservation: A Changing Landscape. Rapid environmental changes pose a significant threat to sea turtles across the globe and traditional conservation strategies may not be sufficient to save these threatened and endangered species. In addition to triaging sick and injured sea turtles in our Sea Turtle Care Center, the South Carolina Aquarium is working to proactively mitigate environmental risk factors impacting sea turtles in the wild. In collaboration with MDI Biological Laboratory, we’re partnering with people like you to crowdsource meaningful, actionable environmental data to conserve sea turtles and other marine life by improving the health and safety of our shared physical environment. Join us to discover how you can help us protect turtles into the future.
Thorvalson received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston. She began working with the South Carolina Aquarium in 1999, a year before the Aquarium opened its doors. In her current position as Conservation Programs Manager, she is helping to advance sea turtle conservation initiatives in relation to sustainable seafood, climate change, sea level rise, and plastic pollution.
Cost is $7 per person and reservations are required by calling (843) 689-6767 ext. 223 or online at www.coastaldiscovery.org. The Museum is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive.