CEO CHATTER WITH JACK LIGHTON
As sea turtle nesting season starts to wind down here in the Palm Beaches, we know it is time to ramp up our social and event season – welcome to September!
We are excited to again report a record-setting sea turtle nesting season on the 9.5-mile stretch of beach LMC monitors, some of the very same beaches our founder Eleanor Fletcher monitored since the late 1960s. Our legacy paves the way for our future, from monitoring our sea turtle nests, cleaning up trash and surveying the health of our dunes and beach ecosystems, the LMC community takes great pride in our efforts to protect one of Florida’s greatest natural resources, our beaches.
It is with great pride that I showcase our upcoming Eighth Annual Go Blue Awards Luncheon, which will be held on Friday, October 28 at PGA National Resort and Spa. Did you know that the Go Blue Awards Luncheon is Florida’s largest ocean conservation awards event? Event co-chairs Lynne and Pete Wells and our Blue Friends Society host this fun annual awards luncheon, which recognizes the conservation efforts of exceptional individuals, volunteers, businesses and youth. We even recognize those who have changed the world with an Eleanor Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award that’s named in memory of LMC’s founder.
I am happy to report that over half of the 500 seats available for this year’s luncheon have been reserved. Each year this event sells out and we have a long wait list. If you are interested in attending, now is the time to reserve your sponsorship or tickets. This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Mr. Paul Nicklen, one of National Geographic’s most talked about photographers, explorers and conservationists. During the keynote address, keep your eyes peeled for some of Mr. Nicklen’s photographs taken here in Florida – they are awe-inspiring.
The cornerstone of LMC is education; it was Mrs. Fletcher’s goal to impact the community and the next generation so we would have more ambassadors for our sea turtles and our magnificent ocean. We remain deeply committed to education and ask for your help in showcasing some of our programs, which have the ability to impact those here at home and around our planet. From Virtual Field Trips to our Marine Science Academy, our center offers tremendous opportunity for students to become involved in our conservation journey.
On behalf of our entire center, thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you on campus soon!
Jack E. Lighton
President & CEO
The time is now. Our oceans and sea turtles desperately need your help. With your support, year-to-date we have:
- Removed 1,848 pounds of marine debris through the Responsible Pier Initiative
- Documented 27,453 sea turtle nests and false crawls on local beaches
- Responded to 21 sea turtle strandings and treated 31 patients in our hospital
- Taught 5,806 students from Palm Beach County schools
No amount is too small; please consider making a gift.
Eighth Annual Go Blue Awards
This week marks six weeks until our Eighth Annual Go Blue Awards! The luncheon will be held at PGA National Resort & Spa and features entrancing keynote speaker Paul Nicklen. He is a globally-acclaimed, Canadian-born photographer and marine biologist who has been documenting both the beauty and the plight of our planet’s polar regions and our world’s oceans for over 20 years. As a photographer for National Geographic Magazine, he has been able to capture the imagination of a global audience. His personal mission is to use his images, which are often highly emotional, evocative and very beautiful, to ignite a conversation about the future of our planet’s natural wonders and to inspire action.
The Eighth Annual Go Blue Awards Luncheon will recognize businesses, non-profits and individuals who have promoted, implemented or contributed to a “Blue” lifestyle of marine conservation. Awards will be given to those who are leading the way in raising awareness and have made significant contributions to improve and protect our oceans, beaches and wildlife. This year, WPTV News Channel 5 Meteorologist Glenn Glazer will serve as the introductory host.
The esteemed panel of judges that selected this year’s finalists and winners includes; Gary Adkison – U.S. Shark Foundation, Director; Fabien Cousteau – aquanaut, oceanographic explorer, conservationist and documentary filmmaker; Jim Harvey – Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Co-Chairman; Greg Marshall – National Geographic Society, Inventor & Scientist; Sally Murray – Daughter of LMC Founder, Eleanor Fletcher; Susan Murray – Oceana Deputy Vice President U.S. Pacific, Granddaughter of LMC Founder, Eleanor Fletcher; Joel Sartore – Photographer, speaker, author, teacher, and a 20-year contributor to National Geographic magazine; and Jim Toomey – Mission Blue Executive Director, Creator of Sherman’s Lagoon Comic Strip.
The Go Blue Awards program was created to recognize individuals and businesses that directly or indirectly support LMC’s mission to promote conservation of ocean ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. Previous Go Blue Award recipients include Dr. Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation; Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue; Hardy Jones – Executive Director, Bluevoice.org; Nathaniel Reed, Everglades Foundation; Dr. Edith Widder, Ocean Research & Conservation Association; Florida Power & Light Company; Gary Adkison, U.S. Shark Foundation; International Game Fish Association; and Coral Restoration Foundation.
During our Blue Friends Society September Social on Thursday, October 22 at PGA National Resort & Spa, guests will have the opportunity to meet the 2016 Go Blue Awards Finalists. These amazing group of ocean conservation heroes have been nominated in one of five categories: Eleanor Fletcher Lifetime Achievement, Blue Friend of the Year, Blue Ambassador of the Year, Blue Business of the Year and the youth category, the Blue Hatchling of the Year. Please join us at our September social, one of the most highly-anticipated Blue Friends Society events, as we announce our finalists to the public.
Individual – $75 *Price increases to $100 on October 7
Arctic Ocean Sponsor – $500
Table Sponsor – $1,000
Southern Ocean Sponsor – $1,000
Indian Ocean Sponsor – $2,500
Pacific Ocean Sponsor – $5,000
Atlantic Ocean Sponsor – $10,000
World Ocean Sponsor – $20,000
International Coastal Clean-up
Sip, Shop and Support LMC
Rehab Takes on Water Quality
SWIM Padre Ramos, Nicaragua
SWIM – Padre Ramos, Nicaragua – Eastern Pacific Sea Turtle Monitoring & Conservation. This week, SWIM participants join members of the LMC staff in traveling to Estero Padre Ramos Natural Reserve in Nicaragua on our final 2016 SWIM destination eco-tour program. The Serving the World’s Imperiled Marine life (SWIM) program aims to help other conservation-minded organizations with central projects to aid in local and global conservation efforts. During this SWIM program, participants will assist with in-water sea turtle monitoring, sea turtle nesting activity, mangrove reforestation, community-based tourism and educational activities in one of the most ecologically-important natural areas in Nicaragua. During SWIM participants’ stay, they will attend the annual Hawksbill Festival – a community event that aims to educate locals about sea turtle protection and awareness. For more information on how to become involved and to book future SWIM conservation eco-tours, please contact Hannah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Juno Beach Pier Underwater Clean-ups
On August 9, a team of divers from LMC and Jupiter Dive Center held an underwater clean-up at the Juno Beach Pier. Though over 80 pounds of debris were collected, much more remained. LMC staff returned on August 24 and brought the total amount of debris removed in the month of August to just over 100 pounds. Volunteers are currently working at the center to sort the debris. Monofilament line will be sent off for recycling, lead weights will be melted down and used to make dive weights and fishing gear will be salvaged to help teach responsible angling lessons at the pier. Thank you to Jupiter Dive Center, Jeff Biege Photography and LMC volunteers for your dedicated work to clean up the environment.
2016 Beach Programs Recap!
Thank you to all of the guests, volunteers and staff who participated in this seasons’ beach programs! Over the course of August and September, our guests had the opportunity to participate in our Biologist Beach Walks and Hatchling Release programs. These programs allowed guests to experience what it’s like to be a sea turtle researcher, as well as learn more about sea turtle nesting and hatching. Our Biologist Beach Walk program gave guests the opportunity to observe a permitted LMC staff member perform a nest excavation – an essential step in collecting critical date in order to understand sea turtle activity on our beaches. Thank you to all of the guests who shared their photos of their experiences with us! If you have photos of your experience, please consider emailing your photos to email@example.com or posting them on our Facebook page.
Program Spotlight: Astronomy Nights
LMC’s popular stargazing program has returned for its second season! In partnership with the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches, LMC will host its Astronomy Nights program each month based on celestial events. The first program will be held on Friday, October 7 from 7-9:30 p.m. The night will begin with a seminar led by the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches, entitled Planetpalooza. You will be able to view several planets on this very popular stargazing night, including Venus, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Join us as we discuss the different physical attributes of each planet and why you can view them on this particular day. Then, join us in Loggerhead Park to peer through powerful telescopes and binoculars to get a closer look! In case of inclement weather, the presentation will be extended to include additional information on a related astronomical topic. Cost is $10/adults, $5/children and can be paid upon entrance. For more information, please contact Hannah Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (561) 627-8280 ext. 105.
Marine Science AcadeMY
KIDS’ PIER FISHING
Do you know an aspiring young angler? Join us for a Kids’ Fishing Program at the Juno Beach Pier! Upcoming programs will be held on September 24 and October 2 from 8-11 a.m. Participants will learn basic techniques including knot tying, casting, species identification and proper release protocols in addition to conservation measures such as habitat protection, sea turtle rescue and the importance of collecting and recycling monofilament fishing line. Participants will leave with the knowledge and experience necessary to serve as responsible anglers. The cost is $10 per angler. To reserve a spot in a fishing program, please contact Demi at (561) 627-8280 ext. 107 or email@example.com. Space is limited.
Private Fishing Lessons
Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s Juno Beach Pier staff are now offering private fishing lessons for adults and kids, ages 8 and up! If you’d like to learn from expert anglers about fishing techniques and how you can help protect and restore the marine environment, please contact Demi at firstname.lastname@example.org. One-hour lessons will be held on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Virtual Field Trips
Bring LMC to your classroom this school year! With just a computer and a Skype account, Virtual Field Trips allow students to experience our sea turtle hospital. Staff connects with classrooms worldwide for a lesson on sea turtle ecology, an introduction to each of our sea turtle patients, and plenty of time for questions at the end. If you know a classroom that may be interested in booking a Virtual Field Trip, or have any questions, please contact Demi at 561-627-8280 ext. 107 or email@example.com.
Winter Programming Showcase
Winter programming is back at LMC! October marks the return of our popular winter programs and we need you to help us kick off the season! Come check out this year’s winter program offerings by visiting us on October 9 for our Winter Program Showcase event. Our regularly scheduled programs will be jam-packed in one day and offered for FREE from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. for children of all ages*. New this year: walk through our birthday party room and check out what it’s like to party with sea turtles! Free cake samples and birthday party craft activities will be offered during the event as well as information on our new deluxe theme packages! Programs include Dr. Logger, Guided Tours and a Birthday Party Open House, plus information on all 2016-2017 seasonal offerings! For more information and to check out the exciting event program schedule, please visit www.marinelife.org/showcase. *On campus registration only on a first come, first serve basis. See you there!
Our annual “spook-tacular” Halloween event is on October 22, 2016 and is sure to be a blast for the entire family! From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., bring your ghouls and goblins for a visit with our sea turtle patients and receive a free turtle-y awesome reusable trick-or-treat bag to use on the big day! Then, peek into the Haunted Hospital, experiment with our mad scientists in the Mad Science Lab and swim around our center through this year’s new Strange Seas Exhibit. From estuaries to the open ocean, children will be led through corals reefs, Jelly Junction and the Abyssopelagic Zone to explore the weird and wonderful mysteries of the deep. Two costume contests will be held at noon and 2:30 p.m. that will award the best-dressed with turtley-awesome LMC giveaways. Don’t forget the Halloween-inspired crafts and face painting to get you in the TurtleWeen spirit! For more information, please visit our website.
SEA TURTLE NESTING REPORT
The nesting turtles are still here! Nesting has slowed down quite a bit within the last month, but our research team is still recording new sea turtle nests on a daily basis. As of September 15, we have recorded 16,082 nests along our survey area (160 leatherback, 15,233 loggerhead and 689 green turtle nests). This year is the second highest nesting year on record for LMC biologists. The current record year is 2015 with 16,335 nests.
Leatherback, loggerhead and green sea turtles each have about a four month long nesting season each year. The first species to nest on our beaches are the leatherbacks, followed by the loggerheads and then last to come ashore are the green turtles. All three species can be found nesting alongside one another in June to early July. To show how this nesting overlaps, we have graphed the number of nests laid by each species per month below for March-August 2016. Below, there is also a table of the nest counts by species.
VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
Mascot Corner: A Trash free ocean starts with U. Let’s get started!
Fletch here, the lovable and huggable Loggerhead Marinelife Center mascot. Last month I talked to you about trash in my ocean home. This month, I would like to recognize those individuals or organizations that are committed to keeping my ocean home “Clean and Blue, Trash Free.” Thank you for your support, in this very important global initiative. To recognize those individuals or organizations for their commitment to a “Clean and Blue, Trash Free” ocean, I have established the “Fletch Ocean Champion” certificate of excellence award:
This award recognizes their dedication, passion and support of this very important global initiative, for a trash free ocean. If you know someone who exhibits the qualities of an ocean champion, print out the certificate (click on the above image), fill in their name and present the recipient with the award. Then send Fletch an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and tell me their name, where they live and what they have done or are doing for a trash-free ocean. I will then add their name to the ocean champion team roster on my webpage. If we all do just a little, together we can accomplish a lot. Remember, keeping my ocean home “Clean and Blue, Trash Free” starts with U. Let’s get started!
Gift Store Recruits College Ambassadors
Over the past few years, our gift store has added an e-store, which features five new items every week. As our gift store continues to expand and grow, so does its global reach. We receive emails and messages from supporters around the country and world inquiring about products in our gift store. In attempt to expand LMC’s brand awareness, the gift store has added a new addition – College Ambassadors. We firmly believe that the future of sea turtles lies in the hands of young innovators. And what better place to find young innovators than a college campus? Our college ambassadors will spread LMC’s brand including new gift store items, special promotions and social events across their college campuses. This semester, our college ambassadors are located at Clemson University in South Carolina and Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida.
A Fresh Breath of Salt Air -VENDOR SPOTLIGHT WITH Geoffrey Schmidt
Name: Geoffrey Schmidt
Company: Florida Salt Scrubs
Location: Boca Raton, Florida
Dream superpower: The superpower of making music.
Estore product: Florida Salt Scrubs
How long have you been creating salt scrubs? Our business started in January of 2012. This came when we experienced salt scrubs in a Florida Keys restroom bathroom sink. I’m into natural living, healthy living, things like that. It was through that natural curiosity and the salt scrubs. So, I asked how we could make it better and take it to the next level. We went to green markets, which was a great opportunity to have people try the product. I figured that if they bought it, they would be on the positive side – they at least liked it beyond 50 percent, which was really good. We modified the formulas just to see what sold better than others. Over time, I’d like to think we really got our signature formula. Now it can be purchased across the state!
Where did you learn this skill? I’m self taught. When I get into something, I dive deep. Once we had the formula and our demand was increasing, I took it to a contract manufacturer, who made the formula come to life. But, the formula has to pass their lab testing, such as good manufacturing practices and quality control. After I sent it over to them, they came back and asked if I had a background in chemistry, and told me there was nothing to add to the formula. And they ran with it!
Tell us about your product and what separates it from similar products? There’s huge distinctions – one of the biggest ones is the salt grain size – which is pulverized into powder-grain size. It’s gentler on someone’s skin – that being said, the customer can benefit more. This delivers minerals into your skin more easily. We use Atlantic sea salts and coconut oil, which is the best for the skin. The scents are all from Florida, like key lime, orange, coconut, lemongrass, grapefruit, lemon and coconut mango.
Where do you find ideas for your work? Where do you like to see art? I look at it like how you would look at life. People like to put everything in a box and label it and put it on the shelf. But everything is happening around you all the time and is all connected. The rules that apply in business apply in life – they never change. The only thing that might change is the name we put on it. Art is everywhere – it’s life. Some people think you have to see art at a museum, but there are masterpieces all around you. Office space allows for a different kind of artwork than a painter would create, but it’s still art. People value what they want and what makes them feel good. So I want to make people feel. The product should create an instant connection, create a memory. Once that connection is in place, they can then take it home and be blown away with what’s inside. Often, something looks aesthetically pleasing, but what’s inside? It’s “eh.” And some killer products have horrible packaging. We want people to have an all-around great experience. So, we don’t spare expense when it comes to making a great product.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve heard when it comes to chasing your dreams? I was a business coach and I had a company that I built and sold called Florida Surf Lessons. After I sold it I went into business coaching. I’ve always believed in following your intuition. How many times have you talked with your family and friends who have great ideas, but nothing happens because no one takes action? An idea is a gift. You have to take action. In a business, you’ll be tested. Roads will not always be smooth. People are going to get tested, but you better pick up the ball and grow and thrive and get stronger in life. Go in with a mindset of being real. You don’t need thousands of dollars either – I only spent 35 dollars to get to the first green market I did.
How is your business sustainable, and what is the benefit of buying local? There’s no shortage of salts. And we get our coconut oil from coconut farms. We use essential oils made from leftover oranges or other produce that isn’t fit to be sold at a market. We use a Prius, and our big truck is a Ford Transit, which has better gas mileage. As for buying local? It’s great because you support the local economy when it’s good business.
THANK YOU TO OUR AMAZING SUPPORTERS
Last February, Florida Power and Light opened Manatee Lagoon, an eco-discovery center that educates guests about the Florida manatee, easily seen in the wintertime just outside of the center. As a proud partner of the facility, LMC was selected to manage the gift store and café. With a multi-functional educational center, a manatee webcam, two levels of observation areas and so much more, LMC is grateful to partner with Manatee Lagoon and is excited to watch the center grow as a world-class educational facility in Palm Beach County. Together, we can continue to raise awareness about the sea turtle and the manatee, and help inspire our neighbors, friends and family to be leaders of ocean conservation. For more information on Manatee Lagoon’s programs and hours, please visit Manatee Lagoon’s website.
Lake Worth Lagoon Talk – The Lake Worth Lagoon seagrass beds feed a number of different animals, including manatees. Learn all about the lagoon and the animals that call it home during this talk. September 16, 20, 23, 27 and 30 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and September 17 and 24 from 2-3 p.m.
Much Ado About Manatees Tour – Join Manatee Lagoon on a walking tour of our visitor center and learn about manatee anatomy, physiology and the importance of GPS tracking devices. September 14, 17, 21, 24 and 28 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Manatee Tales: Storytime & Craft – Story time and craft for children ages 3 to 8. September 15, 22 and 29 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Mindful Moments Yoga (Adult) – Join Manatee Lagoon for yoga classes against the beautiful calming backdrop of Lake Worth Lagoon. September 15, 22 and 29 from 5:45-6:45 p.m. and September 17 and 24 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Junior Aqua Lab – A series of four experimental activities that deal with some of the properties of water. Ages 9 to 14. September 18 and 25 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Children’s Art Class – Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of class. At 12:30, any open seats will be offered to other guests. September 17 and 24 from 12:30-2 p.m.
September Lecture Series:
Lecture: School Yard Films – Tom Fitz presents a lecture on the difficulties of filming wildlife. September 18 from 2-3 p.m.
Lecture: Underwater Clean-up Manatee Master Rachel Shanker dives into her experience with our very own recent clean up effort at Manatee Lagoon. September 25 from 2-3 p.m.