Contact: Jay Kayne
April 5, 2021
Wild Amelia is pleased to announce its next virtual Wild Nite lecture at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. To accommodate CDC and local health guidelines, the session will be held on-line via Zoom. The following meeting ID# and passcode will provide access to this free event.
Meeting ID: 892 7482 4385
The featured speaker will be Julie Albert, coordinator of the Marine Resource Council’s North Atlantic Right Whale Conservation Program. Her passion for marine mammals began in northwest Ohio where she enjoyed Sea World as a child. However, seeing whales in the wild for the first time on a family vacation to Hawaii in 1988 solidified this passion. She went on to earn her B.S. in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University at Galveston in 1995. She also volunteered for the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network, worked in cephalopod aquaculture, and raised king penguins before moving to Florida in 1999. Shortly thereafter, Julie became MRC’s Right Whale Program Coordinator and loves educating the public about how we can be better stewards of our ocean environment and its inhabitants.
Albert’s presentation will focus on reasons right whales are so endangered and struggle to make a comeback despite being a protected species for 85 years. Topics will include current threats, migration, feeding and breeding as well as public efforts to support the species recovery. She will also touch on statistics from the 2021 migration season including births and deaths.
Wild Amelia’s mission is to educate residents and visitors about the local bioregion and encourage stewardship of the area’s natural resources through events and programs that educate and entertain while promoting a conservation ethic. For updates on the status of program activities, please visit wildamelia.org and Wild Amelia on Facebook.