Jaynie Gaskin, the Executive Director of Georgia Southern University's Sea Turtle Program at St. Catherines Island Center, will be the speaker at the March CCA of Skidaway meeting and seminar scheduled for Monday, March 11, at St. Peter’s Church beginning at 7:00 pm. She will discuss the Center’s conservation efforts to protect sea turtle nesting on the Island. The St. Catherines Island Foundation owns the island, which is ten miles long and one to three miles wide, and runs the St. Catherines Island Center, focusing on creating an undisturbed habitat for the animals living there, like sea turtles, osprey, and lemurs. The center was founded in 1974 as a pilot program that's often called a "Noah's Arc.'' Essentially, animal species that are facing extinction are represented on the island and bred to build up population numbers. One of the most successful programs at the St. Catherines Island Center has been the Sea Turtle Conservation Program, along with Aldabra tortoises, which are a rare form of the endangered Galapagos tortoises. The Center is home to loggerhead sea turtles, leatherback sea turtles, Kemp's Ridley sea turtles, green sea turtles, and a few other endangered species. Since visitation to the Center is only permissible under special circumstances, a mobile sea turtle exhibit, which focuses on educating children and adults about these endangered reptiles, has been created. The conservation efforts of the Center have helped researchers learn more about many different kinds of sea turtle species. Jaynie Gaskin, MPH, earned her Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a minor in Public Health from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA. She then received a Master’s of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from Georgia Southern University’s Jiann Ping-Hsu College of Public Health in Statesboro, GA. She joined the GSU Sea Turtle Program in 2012, participating in nesting beach conservation, assisting with education programs, and engaging in research activities. In 2016 she was asked to assume the responsibilities of Executive Director of the Center. The CCA will once again offer an exciting raffle prize to attendees at the March meeting. . CCA is a non-profit organization with chapters on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf Coasts. For more information about CCA of Skidaway contact Joe Tyson, 598-8765. For more information about CCA’s Georgia District, contact Tom Rood, 598-9753. For information about this month’s meeting and seminar, contact Dave Devore, 330-329-6457. Area residents are invited to attend the CCA of Skidaway meetings and seminars held on the second Monday of the month at St. Peter’s Church.
March 11th, 2019 7:00 PM through 8:30 PM