The Seabrook Island Natural History Group’s Evening Program on Thursday, March 9 features Kelly Thorvalson, the Sea Turtle Rescue Program Manager for the South Carolina Aquarium. Kelly will provide an update and overview on the amazing work being done at the Sea Turtle Hospital at the Aquarium. The aquarium is currently undergoing major construction for the new Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery Center which will be opening in May 2017. The new exhibit will be equipped with a new surgical suite, CT scan machine, medical facility, additional larger tanks, and an interactive exhibit hall. This state-of-the art facility will put the South Carolina Aquarium at the forefront of sea turtle rehabilitation with its ability to give high-quality medical care and increase capacity to treat sick and injured sea turtles. Over the past 16 years the Sea Turtle Care Center has successfully rehabilitated and released 210 turtles to date with 28 of those being in 2016!
Ms. Thorvalson started volunteering at the South Carolina Aquarium in 1997 and was hired as an aquarist in 1999. Today she serves as the Sea Turtle Rescue Program Manager. Kelly organizes the team for live sea turtle stranding admittances and works closely with staff and volunteers to ensure patients are receiving healthy diets and necessary medical treatments. She also provides educational tours to Aquarium visitors and school groups. As a conservationist, Kelly enjoys that she is not only a part of sea turtles’ survival, but also a part of a changing culture that cares more about the health of the planet. She’s proud to work for an organization that provides an inspiring visitor experience while keeping conservation and education at the forefront. She received her B.S. in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston.
Thursday, March 9
Refreshments – 7:00pm Program – 7:30pm
Location – Lake House
All Seabrook Island residents and guests are welcome. There is a $5 donation for non SINHG members. Information about future programs and membership can be found at the SINHG web site, .sinhg.org.
-Submitted by Gary Fansler