Thursday, May 9, 2013

Sea Turtle Love Flagler County presented by Frank Gromling

FLAGLER BEACH, FL – Frank Gromling, conservationist, author and publisher, will present “Sea Turtles Love Flagler County” on Thursday, May 16th at 6:00 m in Ocean Art Gallery, 200 S. Oceanshore Blvd., Flagler Beach. 
May 1st was the start of the annual sea turtle nesting season in Florida. Gromling, long active in conservation activities locally and nationally, wrote Tracks in the Sand: Sea Turtles and Their Protectors with Mike Cavalieri, who had been an intern for Gromling prior to signing on with the Palm Coast Observer. The book lists the five species of sea turtles that visit Florida, with special emphasis on those most often nesting on Flagler beaches: loggerhead, green and leatherback.

While Flagler County does not have the most sea turtle nests along the east coast, a distinction reserved for Brevard County with its Archie Carr Conservation Area, it always has several hundred nests producing thousands of turtle hatchlings each season. Already this year two leatherback turtles have dropped their eggs, one nest in Beverly Beach and one north of the Surf Club in northern Flagler County.
Gromling will use color photos and video to highlight his free 45-minute presentation. Seating is limited to 25.
Following the event, copies of Tracks in the Sand: Sea Turtles and Their Protectors will be available for purchase and signing. A portion of all book sales will go to the Volusia Flagler Turtle Patrol, a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to sea turtle protection.

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