2020 Sea Turtle Happy Hour

August 21st at 6pm LIVE on our Facebook page


The Friends of the Carr Refuge’s 4th Annual March into Turtle Season kick-off  was post-poned in March due to COVID-19. The Sea Turtle Happy Hour event will be our replacement and first ever virtual event, complete with everything you know and love from the original! Save the date for Sea Turtle Happy Hour on August 21st at 6pm EST. This will be a Facebook Live event that you can watch at home! There will be two guest speakers, an online silent auction, and a themed drink for you to make at home! This event will be entertaining and educational, while raising funds to support our ongoing work to support the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. Details on this event are below, you will not want to miss this!


Friends of the Carr Refuge is a small non-profit organization that relies heavily on memberships and donations to assist the Refuge and accomplish our goals of community education and conservation. Our main fundraising event each year is our popular Turtle Walks and Digs. Unfortunately the cancellation of these events this year left a major impact on our funds to carry out our goals. Funds raised through individual donations, and the silent auction from this event will help carry out our 2020 goals and make up for the cancelled events. 

We need your help, we are looking for auction item donations for the online silent auction! If you have an item that you would like to donate for the event, please email us at info@carrrefuge.org. 


Thank you for your support!

2020 Sea Turtle Happy Hour Schedule:

Event schedule coming soon! 


  • Ryan WelshBiologist with Inwater Research Group

Ryan received his BA in biology from Earlham College where he gained an interest in herpetology and conservation while working with Dr. John Iverson on the Allen Cays Rock Iguana in the Exumas Islands, Bahamas.  After graduating in 2003, he began his work with sea turtles in the US Virgin Islands.  Since then, Ryan’s work has been focused throughout the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico collaborating with the National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, Mote Marine Laboratory and Sea Turtle, Inc.  Working with all life stages of sea turtles; Ryan received his Master in Biology from University of Central Florida in 2019, focusing his thesis on population assessments and distribution of foraging green turtles in the Florida Keys.

  • Suadd al Harthi, Executive Director of Enviornmental Society of Oman

"Conservation Journey of Oman's Loggerhead Sea Turtles" 

The Environment Society of Oman (ESO), is a non-government organization (NGO) operating in Oman to conserve Oman's natural heritage through conducting scientific research to promote advocacy for conservation and engaging with the community to raise environmental awareness and develop sustainable education programs. One of ESO's significant conservation projects is the Loggerhead Conservation Program which was developed in 2008 as part of a joint partnership program between the Oman government, and the US government with funding secured from the US Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) Marine Turtle Conservation Act and the National Marine Fisheries Service and technical support from Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. In 2015 an assessment of loggerhead sea turtles by the IUCN Species Survival Commission assigned (Oman's) North-West Indian Ocean loggerhead subpopulation as critically endangered, thus facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild, highlighting the importance of taking action to minimize human induced threats. This presentation will highlight the monitoring work conducted on Masirah Island, Oman to understand the population status of loggerhead sea turtles, as well as fisheries engagement and community programs to raise awareness and call for conservation action. 


4055 Wildlife Way
Vero Beach, FL 32963-9446

(Business office, not visitor's center) 

Phone: 321-872-8856

Email:  info@carrrefuge.org 

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