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St. Pete Research Institute Holds Open House
If your kids have aspirations to become a marine scientist or wildlife biologist (or maybe YOU do), make plans to attend MarineQuest 2017 Oct. 21 in downtown St. Petersburg.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s research arm– in charge of conducting the science on fish, wildlife and their habitats throughout the Sunshine State–will hold its 23rd annual open house free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute headquarters, 100 Eighth Ave., S.E.
MarineQuest’s motto is “making nerdy cool since 1995”. And that’s just what the scientists and technicians strive for in this daylong, family-friendly event.
It features hands-on activities for kids and all ages: touching sharks, rays, horseshoe crabs, spiny lobsters, sea stars and more; visiting labs staffed by researchers who break down topics such as shark biology and how coral reefs grow; and interactive stations to peer into a microscope and see how research is performed.
Representatives from more than 20 local and national conservation and scientific organizations will have booths where they’ll talk about their work and (perhaps) enlist members and volunteers.
Researchers will give presentations throughout the day on topics such as how you can become a volunteer to respond to complaints about nonnative wildlife such as snakes and iguanas; what to do if you find coyotes in your backyard; how to win prizes and aid fisheries research through the TrophyCatch program; how manatee rescues are conducted; the latest developments in coral reef research; and the life history and migrations of sharks and rays.
Kids can get their faces painted, get up close to a baby alligator, and make their own gyotaku, or fish prints.
More than 16,000 attended last year’s MarineQuest.
For more information on MarineQuest, go to: MyFWC.com/MarineQuest.
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