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Experts to present on black bears, sea turtles

December 03, 2008 12:00AM

The Sperry-Galligar Audubon Society is bringing two speakers to Pittsburg State University whose jobs have brought them closer to animals than many people will ever experience.

The group will have their regular meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, in 102 Yates Hall. Dr. Kim Smith, chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, will present a program about black bears.

In the 1950s and 60s, Smith was involved in the reintroduction of black bears into Arkansas. Smith received the Marion Jenkinson American Ornithologists' Union (AOU) Service Award for serving a distinguished five-year term as editor of The Auk, maintaining it as the highest-impact journal in organismal biology.

The following week at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11, also in 102 Yates Hall, the society will sponsor a special presentation on sea turtles by Pittsburg native Jeff Kutz. Kutz will speak about his work in saving endangered sea turtles around the world and at his outpost in Costa Rica.

The research group overseen by Kutz patrols the beaches and works to relocate and save sea turtle nests from poachers and predators. The area is host to nearly 1000 nests per year, releasing hundreds of hatchlings every day.
 
Both presentations are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Delia Lister at (620) 235-4727.

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