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Sea Turtle Rehabilitation at the National Aquarium: The Conservation Impact from Massachusetts to Florida
Discover what goes into rescuing endangered sea turtles, with Animal Rescue Director Jenn Dittmar of the National Aquarium! All seven of the world's sea turtle species are either threatened or endangered, though some are common, seasonal visitors to the mid-Atlantic and New England during warmer months. The National Aquarium has been rehabilitating sick and injured sea turtles for 30 years. But the conservation impact of this program reaches far beyond the waters of Maryland. The average sea turtle patient at the National Aquarium will travel more than 1,400 miles during rehabilitation – from the spot where it was stranded to its eventual release. In our August webinar, Dittmar will reveal the complex, team effort to conserve critically endangered sea turtles.

Aug 17, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Jennifer Dittmar
Director of National Aquarium Animal Rescue @National Aquarium
Jennifer Dittmar is the director of National Aquarium Animal Rescue. From traveling up and down the Atlantic coast for stranding events to overseeing seal and sea turtle rehabilitation operations in Baltimore, Jen has a wide range of job responsibilities. National Aquarium Animal Rescue responds to stranded marine mammals and sea turtles along the nearly 3,190 miles of Maryland coast and has successfully rescued, treated and returned hundreds of animals to their natural habitats. She is currently a professional fellow with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a member of the Greater Atlantic Region Stranding Consortium, co-coordinator for Maryland sea turtle response for the National Marine Fisheries Service Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network, and a member of the Maryland Wildlife Rehabilitators Association. Jennifer holds a bachelor's degree in earth and environmental sciences from Wilkes University and a master's degree in environmental science and policy from Johns Hopkins.