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Reddit "Ask Me Anything" with NOAA Turtle Expert Barbara Schroeder

#SeaTurtleWeek 2015

Conserving and recovering protected sea turtles: Join NOAA Fisheries in celebrating Sea Turtle Week by asking any questions you may have about these amazing marine reptiles! Barbara Schroeder, an ecologist and coordinator of NOAA’s Sea Turtle Conservation and Recovery program will answer your questions about the conservation and recovery of protected sea turtles within U.S. waters between 2-4 p.m. EST on Thursday, June 18th

Barbara Schroeder, NOAA Fisheries national sea turtle coordinator, releasing a loggerhead turtle back to Florida Bay as part of a long-term sea turtle study in south Florida.

This Sea Turtle Week is especially important because we’ve also recently announced our Species in the Spotlight campaign. Through this campaign, we’re recommitting ourselves to the protection and recovery of eight declining, at-risk priority species, including the largest sea turtle of all – the leatherback.

Reddit AMA Details

Barbara Schroeder, Ecologist & Coordinator of NOAA's Sea Turtle Conservation & Recovery Program

What: Reddit Science "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) - Sea Turtle Week 2015

When: Thursday, June 18th, 2:00-4:00pm EST


NOAA focuses primarily on turtles when they are at sea and we share responsibility with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conserve and recover threatened and endangered sea turtles. In 2010, Schroeder coordinated the sea turtle response/rescue effort during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and she has spent a lot of time working with a team to assess the harm to sea turtles from that oil spill as well as how to restore damaged areas. She also conducts research on sea turtles in Florida Bay where her team and her have studied sea turtles for over 20 years.

NOAA's team of sea turtle scientists and protected species specialists study sea turtles to better understand their population status and trends, their movements and behavior, aspects of their life history, and the stressors they face. These teams also work internationally to build capacity and work cooperatively with other nations also working to conserve these wide-ranging, shared species.

Ask your questions and learn what it's like to protect endangered sea turtles on Thursday, June 18th from 2-4pm EST. We hope to hear from you.