As always, I am grateful to the many volunteers, students and partners we've worked with this year, all coming together with the common goal of protecting and restoring the animals and habitats that are vital to the health of our region.
Cold-stun season for sea turtles is in full swing in the Northeast. Our stranding partners in Massachusetts and New Jersey have already seen an influx of admittance, and our Animal Care Center has 19 turtles in rehab now.
We would like to welcome the newest volunteer of the Aquarium Conservation Team, Jillie Drutz! Joining the National Aquarium as our 4th Chesapeake Conservation Corps volunteer, Jillie will be dedicating a year to helping the Conservation department in their endeavors to conserve, restore and educate about the Chesapeake watershed.
As this year winds down, many of us at the National Aquarium are looking forward and thinking about the many ways we can make our lives and the lives of our families and communities healthier and happier in the new year!
2013 has been an exciting year for the Conservation Department! We continued our work at some of our existing restoration sites and also celebrated some exciting new events and projects! None of our success would be possible without the help of our volunteers and partners.
The Endangered Species Act was enacted by Congress in December of 1973. Its goal is to provide protection for species that are endangered or threatened and conserve the habitats their survival depends upon.