On Thursday, February 4, you are invited to attend the STPS General Membership Meeting to be held at the Melbourne Beach Community Center. The theme for the evening is the timely topic of the January 2010 Sea Turtle Cold Stun Event. Beginning at 7:00 PM, refreshments will be served as a series of photographs highlighting the Cold Stun Event in the area is displayed. The photos are courtesy of Ursula Dubrick. Our program begins at 7:30 PM, with the following speakers and topics.
1. Mike Splitt – The Meteorological Explanation for a Cold Stun Event (10 minutes). Mike is a Meteorology Professor at the Florida Institute of Technology, and he will discuss the evolution of the deep freeze and some historic perspective.
2. Karrie Minch - The Cold Stun Event from the State's Perspective (45 minutes). Karrie is the Wildlife Technician, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network, Indian River Field Lab. Her presentation includes: a. What is a cold stun event, b. What effect did it have on the sea turtles, and c. Description of statewide cold stun efforts.
3. Roger Pszonowski - The Role of the STPS Stranding Team from Rescue to Release (15 minutes). Roger is the new STPS Stranding Team Coordinator.
4. Unique stories about the event (15 minutes) from STPS Stranding Team members: a. Beth Stuckey - Boating Rescue, and b. Cindy Dolaway - Water Rescue Video
5. Questions and Answers
This event is free and open to the public.