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Florida Master Naturalist Learning Series

This Florida Master Naturalist Learning Series topic will be presented on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Savannas Preserve State Park, 2541 S.E. Walton Road, Port St. Lucie.  The informational evening is presented by the Florida Master Naturalist Program - St. Lucie Chapter, under the facilitation of the UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County Natural Resources Extension Agent.

Climate change is a global issue. The effects of climate change include increasing storm severity and frequency, changing ocean currents, rising sea levels, and warming oceans. The impacts of these environmental changes are wide spread. Some species may thrive in the changing environment, others may struggle. Join us as we learn about how climate change is affecting the sea turtles that live off our coast and nest on our beaches. We will explore how these animals are affected both in terms of their habitat and their reproduction.

A recent retiree to Florida, Tammy Tauscher spent the last 17 years in Boston raising her family. She had developed a love of sea turtles in the 1990s while living in Jupiter and volunteering at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach. Moving to Boston for business, she continued to work with turtles. For the past several years she worked at the New England Aquarium helping to care for the inhabitants of their Giant Ocean Tank exhibit which included one green and two loggerhead sea turtles. She also spent several seasons working at the aquarium’s sea turtle rehab facility, taking care of the severely cold-stunned turtles that strand by the hundreds on the beaches of Cape Cod. Upon her return to Florida she returned to volunteering at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, and additionally volunteers at the Florida Oceanographic Society Coastal Center. She holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, graduated from Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development, and spent many years in engineering and business. She has completed the Florida Master Naturalist Coastal Systems module and is currently pursuing her Upland Systems certification through the University of Florida’s Extension office.

Registration:                    Not Required

Information:                    Contact: Susan Hamburger,  / Savannas Preserve State Park, 772-398-2779


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