Come join Gumbo Limbo Nature Center as we celebrate Earth Day by hosting an outdoor screening of the documentary "Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction." Event includes free admission, popcorn, and candy. We welcome you to bring your lawn chairs or blankets, sit under the stars and enjoy showcasing this movie with us.
Narrated by renowned scientist Dr. Sylvia Earle, this feature-length independent documentary tells the larger natural history story of the world's rarest sea turtle, the Kemp's Ridley and how humans pushed a healthy population to the precipice of extinction and are now slowly helping it to recover. From the beaches of Massachusetts to Mexico, Texas and Georgia, this film highlights the collaborative work that is being done to save a species from going extinct.
Late each autumn, hundreds of sea turtles strand on Cape Cod, Massachusetts due to hypothermia. For more than 25 years, the New England Aquarium and the Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary have worked together to rescue, rehabilitate and release thousands of these sea turtles, mostly Kemp's Ridleys, the world’s most endangered sea turtle.
Over the last decade, the number of stranded turtles has steadily increased, but the late autumn of 2014 saw an unprecedented event as more than 1,200 cold-stunned sea turtles washed ashore. This massive wildlife emergency marshaled an inspiring response within and beyond Massachusetts, that reached from individuals to the federal government, involving over 10 states and 21 institutions. It even showcases "the largest airlift of an endangered species probably anywhere in the United States, quite possibly the world."
7:00 PM: Doors open. Please check in at the Welcome Desk in the Nature Center
7:00-7:45 PM Outdoor Aquariums and Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility open
7:45 PM Movie Begins
9:00 PM End of program
Please carpool where possible as our parking is limited. Please bring chairs or blankets, mosquito repellent, and a refillable water bottle.
Thanks to Friends of Gumbo Limbo, there is no charge for this event. Registration is required; space is limited. This film is recommended for ages 10 and up. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Online registration will close Friday evening.
All photos thanks to SAVING SEA TURTLES MOVIE by InterChange Media Art Productions, LLC