The Marine Discovery Center will kick off its 2021 Monthly Lecture Series with an annual January update on North Atlantic Right Whales.
Julie Albert, manager of the Marine Resources Council’s North Atlantic Right Whale Conservation Program, will make the online presentation on Thursday, January 21, at 7 p.m. Eastern.
Albert will discuss the current status of the endangered species and the recent sightings of these whales around coastal Central Florida.
She trains and leads more than 800 volunteers along Florida’s east coast to spot and report North Atlantic Right Whales. The whales travel from Canada and New England to Georgia and Florida each winter to deliver their calves.
The presentation is designed to encourage individuals to engage in a volunteer contact system that alerts officials whenever these mammals are in the area. Officials rely on volunteer observers in a coordinated effort to help alert commercial shipping and fishing vessels when the whales are present.
There are currently fewer than 400 North Atlantic Right Whales in existence, making local and regional volunteers key to protecting these animals when they arrive off Central Florida’s shorelines each winter.
Interested guests for the January 2021 lecture may log in for the Zoom presentation online.
The program is free, but participants must set up a personal Zoom account to access the webinar. MDC will continue to offer programs online during COVID-19 precautions.
For more information about the lecture, contact the Marine Discovery Center at 386-428-4828.