Sea Turtle Saturday is hosted by the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council (GINTC). This non-profit, community-based, volunteer organization sponsors, supports and develops nature-based educational and recreational activities, promoting the value of the natural habitats and resources of the Galveston area (info from their website).
Dr. Joseph Flanagan, Houston Zoo veterinary, Ben Higgins, NOAA Fisheries Service biologist and program manager of the Galveston sea turtle laboratory and Lyndsey Howell, another NOAA Fisheries Service biologist were the key presenters and each did a great job of telling their story.
HOWEVER - the highlight of the day was a visit to the "turtle barn" where live turtles are raised and studied prior to being released in to the Gulf. Much of the work done at the facility has been on perfecting the TED (Turtle Exclusion Device) for commercial trawling nets. Development of the TED is largely credited for saving the Kemp's Ridley from extinction.
Bottom line. This was way-cool and something to put on your calendar for next year!!!