Right Whale Festival in Fernandina

Right Whale Festival in Fernandina

2019 Right Whale Festival is on Amelia Island Nov. 2nd and 3rd

The Right Whale Festival http://www.rightwhalefestival.com/celebrates the annual return of the endangered North Atlantic right whales to the warm coastal waters off northeast Florida and Georgia, where they give birth to and nurse their young. With about 400 remaining, this family-fun event raises awareness of the threats to right whales, and how we can help in their recovery. The festival highlights local efforts to protect these whales from extinction, as well as ocean-themed activities and exhibits that emphasize education, and environmentally responsible adventures and products.

The free festival will be opening at 10:00 a.m. on November 2nd and 3rd at Main Beach in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Parking: Free Parking Available at Fernandina Beach Middle School. Shuttle to Festival: $1.00 per person round-trip.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

9:00 AM

Beach Clean-up

10:00 AM

FESTIVAL BEGINS – Day 1

Music KALANI ROSE

Lecture tent presentation
Boats ‘N’ Kids
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
Flotilla 14-1, District 7

11:00 AM

Lecture tent presentation
Kids and Paddlecraft
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
Flotilla 14-1, District 7

12:00 PM

Opening Remarks by Mayor John Miller

Music – THE HONEY BADGERS

Lecture tent presentation
Right Whale Volunteer Training
Julie Albert
What YOU Can Do To Save Right Whales’
Marine Resources Council
Volunteer Right Whale Sighting Network

1:30 PM
Lecture tent presentation
North Atlantic Right Whale
Barb Zoodsma
Conservation in the Southeast
U.S.NOAA Fisheries Southeast Region

2:00 PM

Music – BRIAN ERNST

Lecture tent presentation
Southeast U.S. Right Whale
Jen Jakush
Aerial Surveys
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

2:30 PM
Lecture tent presentation
What is Rescue
Jon Peterson
SeaWorld of Florida

3:00 PM
Lecture tent presentation
Whales in South Florida?!
Wendy Marks
Florida Atlantic University
Harbor Branch

3:30 PM

Lecture tent presentation
Large Whale Disentanglement
Tom Pitchford
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

4:00 PM

Music – AMY NIXON

Lecture tent presentation
“Taking a Load Off Lenny”
Chuck White
The Life of a Dolphin in Florida
Clearwater Marine Aquarium

4:30 PM

Lecture tent presentation
Waypoints
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

Pre-teen Basic Boating Safety
Flotilla 14-1, District 7

5:00 PM

Lecture tent presentation
Introduction to Basic Boating
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
Safety Seminar
Flotilla 14-1, District 7

Sunday, November 3, 2019

9:00 AM
Athletics
Yoga on the Beach (All Levels)Deb Cunningham
Location: on Beach in front of festival grounds
Mindfulness Effect

10:00 AM

FESTIVAL BEGINS – Day 2
Lecture tent presentation
Boats ‘N’ Kids
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 14-1, District 7

Athletics
Bike for Right Whales
Ali Myles
Egan’s Creek Greenway Cruiser Ride: Meet at the Rec Center at 9:45 to start at 10am

11:00 AM

Music THE KOOKS

Lecture tent presentation
Mermaids & Manatees
James H. Powell, Ph.D.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute

11:30 AM

Lecture tent presentation
Right Whale Photo I.D.
Katie Jackson
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

12:00 PM

Athletics
Egan’s Creek Paddle Guided Kayak
Kayak Amelia
Location: DeeDee Bartel’s boat ramp
Sign-up online: http://kayakamelia.com, ‘Book a Tour’ button and select November 3.

Lecture tent presentation
Right Whale Volunteer Training
Julie Albert
What YOU Can Do To Save Right Whales’
Marine Resources Council
Volunteer Right Whale Sighting Network

1:00 PM

Music – MAMA BLUE

1:30 PM

Lecture tent presentation
How To Get Right Whales Into Landlocked States
Whale and Dolphin Conservation

2:00 PM

Lecture tent presentation
Introduction to Basic Boating Safety Seminar
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
Flotilla 14-1, District 7

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