December 10, 9:00 -11:00am – Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge is known for the many sea turtles that nest there every year, but did you know that there are many other interesting plants and animals that make the refuge their home? Spend a morning with Claudia Lombard, refuge biologist, and Jennifer Valiulis, SEA education coordinator, learning about the natural history of this unique Caribbean refuge. Free for SEA members and children, $10 for non-members. Call (340) 773-1989 or email email@example.com for information and registration.
December 4, 4:00pm – Take a tour of ARTfarm, a family owned, organic farm on St. Croix’s South Shore. You will learn the valuable role that our native wildlife and plants play in farming and have the opportunity to plant some trees after the tour. There will also be a few fruits and vegetables available for purchase. Due to the potential transmission of plant diseases, no smoking or tobacco use is allowed on the farm and only non-smokers can participate in the tree planting. Bring drinking water, gloves and closed toed shoes if you will be planting trees. Registration is limited to 20 people so please call 773-1989 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Saturday November 12 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. – Mahogany Road Gut. Have you ever wondered what (or who) was making those creeky, croaking, chirping sounds in the night? Guide Jennifer Valiulis will provide expert interpretation of those mysterious night sounds. Children 5 years and older are welcome! Free for SEA members and children, $10 for non-members. Please bring a flashlight. You are encouraged to wear long pants and long sleeves to protect against mosquitoes. Please call (340) 773-1989 or email email@example.com to register.
Friday, October 28 at Barren Spot Bat Tower – 5:30 – 7:30 – Learn all about the bats on St. Croix, see Cave Bats (Brachyphyllum cavernarum) emerge from their well tower roost, and learn what you can do to help these valuable pollinators and mosquito eaters! Wear sturdy shoes and long pants to protect from insects. Free for SEA members, children, $10 for non-members Call (340) 773-1989 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information. Costumes encouraged!
Directions to the Bat Tower: Go west from Barren Spot Mall on Centerline Rd. (Rt. 70) then straight onto Rt. 709 at the first sharp curve. The entrance to the Bat Tower is on the right just past the New Life Retirement Center. We’ll put up some signs and make it as obvious as we can.
This event is full. Check back with us in the spring for next season’s turtle watch dates.
Hatchling watches begin at 5:15 p.m. and end between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. This is a great activity for children and the whole family! You must be a SEA member to attend watches with SEA. Reservations are required. Please call (340) 773-1989 for reservations and membership information.
Leatherback sea turtle hatchling watches are provided by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge. If you would like to schedule a sea turtle watch for a group of 15 – 30 people please call U.S. Fish & Wildlife directly ~ (340) 690-9452.