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October 12, 2007

Loggerhead sea turtle tagging project subject of Oct. 17 Charleston lecture

The final event in the fall Public Event Series lineup, a lecture on the S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ adult male loggerhead turtle tagging project, will be from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Marine Resources Division at Fort Johnson on James Island in Charleston.

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologist Mike Arendt will provide an in-depth look into the findings of the project’s research, which seek to unveil the whereabouts of adult loggerhead male turtles. This project has used radio-transmitting devices to track the male loggerhead sea turtles.

The loggerhead turtle tagging project lecture is free to the public, and pre-registration is required to participate in the DNR’s Public Event Series. To sign-up, contact Kim Counts, DNR Public Event Series coordinator, at (843) 953-9354, e-mail CountsK@dnr.sc.gov.

The Public Event Series, since its inception earlier this year, has offered more than 15 educational programs and hosted more than 400 participants statewide. "The pilot round of programs offered with the Public Event Series has certainly met our expectations and has provided momentum to continue offering these types of educational experiences to the public again this fall," Counts said. Participants in the initial events provided important and positive feedback, as well as ideas for topics that will be incorporated into future Series.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina’s natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state’s natural resources and its people.

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