Published on September 7, 2018

Don't Miss the Last Field School Course of 2018!

Sea Turtle & Marine Animal Strandings

  • Wednesday, November 28–Thursday, November 29
  • Wednesday, December 5–Thursday, December 6
Sea Turtle Rescue Field School participants © Esther Horvath
© Esther Horvath

Every year in the month of November, sea turtles that have lingered in Cape Cod Bay succumb to the dropping water temperatures, become cold-stunned, and wash ashore on bayside beaches. And for close to 30 years, Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary has been involved with the rescue of these endangered turtles. With the help of a cadre of local volunteers, our response and success rates of saving these rare marine creatures have soared.

What does it actually take to rescue cold-stunned sea turtles and other marine animals? Join us for this Field School course to find out first-hand! Besides cold-stunned sea turtles, this is also the time of year when other marine animals can be found stranded on local beaches—Torpedo rays, ocean sunfish, and coastal and pelagic birds are among the wildlife we may encounter. 

Participants will join up with a team of knowledgeable Wellfleet Bay staff and local experts on sea turtle and marine animal strandings. Instructors include Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary Director Bob Prescott, biologist and writer Barbara Brennessel, Outreach Coordinator Melissa Lowe, and New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance's Carol "Krill" Carson. 

This is a busy weekend with early morning and evening activities, as well as daytime field trips and indoor workshops. Activities primarily include patrolling the beaches in search of stranded turtles and collecting baseline data on stranded animals. Participants will walk away from this exciting and unique weekend with an in-depth introduction to the natural history of sea turtles and other local marine animals.

Registration is limited to 5 people to ensure maximum participation.

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