These videos were produced with funding provided by the Friends of the Carr Refuge. Video production was performed by Linda Brandt and Bill Ronat of Brandt Ronat + Co. The primary objective of this project is to provide information about the sea turtles and the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge to the residents of the area. The Friends of the Carr Refuge are conducting presentations from Melbourne Beach to Wabash to share this information with the residents. If you are a member of a neighborhood group that would like to schedule a presentation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Blair Witherington is the Senior Sea Turtle Biologist with University of Florida's Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research, where he is in charge of the Disney Animal Kingdom's sea turtle conservation effort. Blair discusses why the sea turtles chose the beaches of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge for nesting and how this beach was chosen for the refuge.
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Llewellyn "Doc" Ehrhart started monitoring and conducting research with the sea turtles on these beaches ten years before the Refuge was established. The location for this refuge was chosen base upon the data that Doc Ehrhart and his students collected mainly in the eighties. He founded the University of Central Florida Marine Turtle Research Group which is considered among the very best sea turtle research programs that exists today.
In this short video, Doc shares his thoughts on the legacy of Dr. Archie Carr. He talks about the UCF students who have conducted turtle research on these beaches.
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Dr. Kate Mansfield is Doc Ehrhart's successor as the Director of the University of Central Florida Marine Turtle Research Group. Kate brings valuable experience monitoring and tracking juvenile sea turtles to the UCF program. While sea turtles spend less than one percent of their lives on nesting beaches, the vast majority of sea turtle research involves nesting. Much remains unknown regarding their juvenile years. Kate will help the UCF group extend their research into work with juveniles that embraces technological advances.
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