Seabrook Island Dolphin Education & Data Collection Program

How would you like to spend more time on the beach observing the strand feeding dolphins once or twice a week during the two hours before and after low tides? You can help identify each pod of dolphins with photos on the east side of the Island at the Kiawah spit or the beach at Camp Saint Christopher. Come join us and be trained by the Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network (LMMN), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, to implement the Dolphin Education and Data Collection Program.

dolpins-stranding-taken-by-pat-schaeffer1.jpgDon’t worry. You will be just a monitor to record the events and will not be designated as a code enforcer. That is left to the Beach Patrol.The program will run from April 2018 through December 2018.

The program is similar in scope and objectives of the program that has been conducted by Kiawah Island over the past two years which has also been led by LMMN.

The success of this program is entirely dependent upon volunteers from Seabrook Island with leadership from the LMMN. We are looking for approximately ten people or couples who can record data and take pictures with schedules that allow for time off for vacations and personal business.

If you are interested, PLEASE plan to attend kickoff events for the program scheduled to start on Wednesday, April 11. We are planning for a tour of the Seabrook Island Beach at 10:00 am in the morning and a meeting in the Seabrook Island Town Hall at 3:00 pm. Cheryl Munday, Marine Mammal Outreach Specialist from NOAA, will be making a presentation as well as Lauren Rust from LMMN on the scope of the program and organization of the volunteers.

Please call John Wells at 843-817-6644 or email at jwells@townofseabrookisland.org with any questions or to volunteer.

–Submitted by John Wells

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