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Sea Turtles

Part of Milstein Science Series

Milstein Sea Turtles

Sea turtles are simply astounding! They lived alongside dinosaurs 150 million years ago, and still survive today. Playing a crucial role in our oceans’ ecosystems, this incredible animal group is now endangered due to climate change, poaching, habitat destruction, and accidental capture in fishing gear. Learn more about these resilient aquatic creatures and the conservation efforts in place to protect them with Eleanor Sterling, Chief Conservation Scientist, Center for Biodiversity & Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History; Wallace J. Nichols, scientist and New York Times-bestselling author of Blue Mind; and Michael Coyne, executive director of The event includes a live music performance by Bash the Trash, playing instruments made out of reused and repurposed materials.

Discover what research is being done towards sea turtle data collection at the remote wild life refuge, Palmyra Atoll.

Learn more on how the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research & Preservation preserves and protects our marine environment.

New Research: Tracking the birthplace and “Lost Years” of Green Turtles.

Participate in citizen science and help the The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation match sea turtle images to better understand turtle movements.

Schedule of Events:


Exploration Stations
11 am–4:30 pm

Look at Museum collections, talk with scientists, and engage in hands-on activity stations.

Bash the Trash Performance
11:30 am | 1:30 pm | 4 pm

Learn how to reuse your plastics and turn them into music with performances by Bash the Trash.

Meet the Experts
Noon | 2:30 pm

Join scientists Michael Coyne, Wallace J. Nichols, Eleanor Sterling, and Mark Siddall in a moderated discussion about sea turtle research, conservation, and migration. Followed by an audience Q&A.

Workshop: From Trash to Tunes | 3 pm

Build your own musical instruments from recycled and reused materials. Join in a final concert and parade around the museum.

The Milstein Science Series is proudly sponsored by the Irma and Paul Milstein Family.