STAFF REPORT – The Barrier Island Parks Society is thrilled to welcome back renowned authors and professional naturalists, Dr. Blair and Dawn Witherington, as part of BIPS 4 BIPS Forums & Lecture Series. The annual BIPS 4 BIPS Forums & Lecture Series is one more way BIPS shares our mission of over 30 years to inspire the exploration and preservation of our natural and historic treasures. Don’t miss the inspirational and educational “Our Sea Turtles” program, presented on Zoom March 9 from 4 to 5 p.m. The program cost is $15; BIPS Members’ cost is $10 and the program is free as a special thank you to BIPS’ $250 and above 2020/2021 donors.
RSVP at barrierislandparkssociety.org and you will receive your Zoom Link to join the virtual program within a few business days via the email address you use when you RSVP.
Dr. Blair Witherington will share a fascinating “Our Sea Turtles” presentation from his unique perspective as a Senior Sea Turtle Conservation Biologist at Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle research. His expertise is uniquely enlightening, with 36 years of research, BA and MA degrees in Biology from University of Central Florida and Ph.D. in Zoology from University of Florida. Blair has contributed over 56 cited research works focused on sea turtle biology and conservation.
The program will be accentuated by beautiful works of Dawn Witherington, an accomplished scientific illustrator, photographer and graphic designer, whose captivating art is prominent in natural history books, museum exhibits, posters, and greeting cards. Together, Blair and Dawn have merged their art, writing, photography and design within an impressive body of accomplishments, including first and second editions of “Florida’s Living Beaches,” “Living Beaches of Georgia and the Carolinas,” “Florida’s Seashells,” “Seashells of Georgia” and “The Carolinas and Our Sea Turtles,” a Gold Award Book.
BIPS 4 BIPS stands for Barrier Island Parks Society for Barrier Island Protection Series, featuring top experts in their field presenting topics that are important to Southwest Florida. In this ongoing effort, BIPS’ goal is to educate and inspire stewardship of our irreplaceable barrier island assets for future generations. This season’s BIPS 4 BIPS Forums & Lecture Series includes the Marine Pollution Symposium and Red Tide Forum in partnership with Mote Marine Laboratories, and Our Sharks program by Dr. Ryan Orgera. RSVP for these programs will open soon at barrierislandparkssociety.org.
BIPS serves local communities in Lee, Sarasota and Charlotte Counties in SW Florida, and inspires and educates visitors from all over the world who explore nature and history at Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum, Gasparilla Island Lighthouse, Amory Memorial Chapel and in our four affiliated barrier island Florida State Parks, Cayo Costa, Don Pedro, Gasparilla and Stump Pass Beach.
Learn more about BIPS at barrierislandparkssociety.org.