Recent NewsBAMZ Releases Ten Rehabilitated Longtails
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Since July, the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo [BAMZ] has had 15 longtails brought in for rehabilitation, thanks to calls from the public, including three adults and 12 chicks. To date, 10 have already been released, and one will be released soon
Reef Watch set to become an annual event
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Over 100 people participated in the first ever Reef Watch hosted by the Bermuda Zoological Society that raised more than $21,000 for reef conservation awareness
Recently Held “Reef Watch” Hailed A Success
Friday, September 06, 2013
On Saturday [Aug 31], 21 boats made their way to over 40 reef sites around the island to take survey of the state of the coral, color and quantity of specific types of fish.
Reef Watch was fun and useful… …and volunteers are wanted all year round
Friday, September 06, 2013
Who knew that armed with just mask, snorkel, clipboard and a hula-hoop you can become a citizen scientist?
Reef Watch raise more than $15k
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
The inaugural Reef Watch citizen science research and awareness drive on Saturday has so far so far raised some $15k.
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By Jessie Moniz
Published April 4, 2013 at 8:37 am
North Carolina University verterinary students visiting Nonsuch Island
North Carolina University verterinary students dissecting a turtle
North Carolina University verterinary students talk about Longtail rehabilitation
with Lynn Thorne, staff member at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo
Bermuda has won high praise from a veterinary science professor who found the Island a perfect laboratory for studying semi-tropical ecology.
Greg Lewbart recently brought a group of 15 veterinary students from North Carolina State University to do a range of studies at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo.
“I first started thinking about a field trip to Bermuda after I brought my mother in 2008. I had been promising to take her for 27 years,” said Dr Lewbart, who’d studied at the Bermuda Biological Station for Research, now the Bermuda Institute for Ocean Sciences, in the 1980s.
He arranged with long-time friend Ian Walker, the curator at BAMZ and a fellow aquatic animal veterinarian, to host a programme for the students at the facility.
One of the highlights for the students was dissecting green turtles and examining their stomach contents.
“We saw some things we normally don’t see in North Carolina,” said Dr Lewbart. “We do see sea turtles in North Carolina but not always this species or age. We saw some interesting parasitic lesions that we normally don’t see. Typically, most of the turtles we see are older and loggerheads, a different species. We didn’t see any trash in their stomachs but we saw a lot of food. Most of the sea turtles we do see have been cold-stunned and haven’t been eating for a while, so their gastrointestinal tract is usually empty.”
The group met with government conservation officer Jeremy Madeiros and visited Nonsuch Island. One of the thrills on that trip was seeing a Bermuda skink, as many of the students were interested in reptiles. They also saw two cahow chicks.
“This was a highlight for everyone, especially for myself and my wife as we are interested in birds,” said Dr Lewbart. “It was hard to even articulate how wonderful it was. We saw much of the Island and learned a lot about the history.”
They also heard a lecture about whales from Andrew Stevenson and then went whale watching to see the marine mammals up close. Students screamed with excitement when a whale breached in front of them.
“I hope we will come again some time,” said Dr Lewbart. “The trip really exceeded our expectations.”