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West Coast Sea Turtle Symposium

On the Road to Recovery: Green Sea Turtles in Southern California

West Coast Sea Turtle Symposium

On the Road to Recovery: Green Sea Turtles in Southern California

green sea turtle pokes head above water

Aquarium of the Pacific / Katarina Plummer

Register Now! West Coast Sea Turtle Symposium, October 19-20, 2022

The inaugural West Coast Sea Turtle Symposium is coming to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California on October 19th and 20th. This meeting will celebrate the comeback of the green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) in Southern California. From near-extinction in the late 1960s, to popping up throughout nearshore waters from Mexico to Santa Barbara in recent years, our resident green sea turtles are making a historic rebound due to successful management and protections in Mexico and the United States.

The first day of the Symposium will feature participatory workshops focused on important sea turtle themes such as community-based participatory science, as well as environmental education & outreach. The second day of the Symposium will include oral presentations and posters focused on current sea turtle research and conservation in our region. The Symposium will culminate with a keynote address and book signing by Dr. Wallace J. Nichols.

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Symposium Schedule:

Please note Day 1, Day 2, and Keynote are all separately ticketed events. In order to attend any or all events, RSVPs are required.

Day 1 OCTOBER 19, 2022 - Workshops

  • 9:00 – 11:00 Workshop: Community/Citizen Science
  • 11:00 – 12:30 ~Lunch (on your own)~
  • 12:30 – 2:30 Workshop: Sea Turtle Outreach and Education for Diverse Audiences
  • 2:30 – 3:00 ~Break~
  • 3:00 – 4:00 Concluding Activity: Origin Stories in Sea Turtle Biology & Conservation

Day 2 OCTOBER 20, 2022 - Oral Presentations

  • 9:00 – 9:15 Opening Remarks: AOP, Chris Yates (NOAA WCR) and Barbara Schroeder (NOAA HQ)
  • 9:15 – 10:30 Session 1: Green Turtle Biology
  • 10:30 – 11:00 ~Break~
  • 11:00 – 12:30 Session 2: Green Turtle Management and Husbandry
  • 12:30 – 2:00 ~Lunch (on your own)~
  • 2:00 – 3:15 Session 3: The Other Species
  • 3:15 – 3:30 ~Break~
  • 3:30 – 5:00 Session 4: Social Science and Green Turtle Biology II
  • 5:00 – 6:30 Dinner Break [note Aquarium closes at 6pm]

Keynote Address: Dr. Wallace J. Nichols

  • 6:30 – 9:00 Keynote Address and Book Signing by Dr. Wallace J. Nichols
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