[audubon-news] Beidler Hosts Nat Geo Expedition for Girl Scouts

  • From: "BIANCHI, John" <JBIANCHI@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: #Audubon Board of Directors <IMCEAEX-_O=AUDUBON_OU=NATIONAL_CN=RECIPIENTS_CN=BoardOfDirectors@xxxxxxxxxxx>,#Audubon Staff <audstaff@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2002 10:54:44 -0400

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Contact: April Dandridge
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Ellen Christie
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FRANCIS BEIDLER FOREST HOSTS CONSERVATION PROGRAM
WITH GIRL SCOUTS AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Ten Girl Scouts Help with Turtle Conservation Project at the Center, August
5-9

Harleyville, SC, Thursday, August 1, 2002 - Francis Beidler Forest, a
National Audubon Society Center and Sanctuary, will be the destination next
week for 10 Girl Scouts - budding scientists from around the nation on a
National Geographic expedition to study the natural history and ecology of
the Spotted Turtle.  During the week of August 5 through 9, Beidler Forest,
hosts the weeklong program based on the theme of "Women in Science".

The scouts, ages 16-17, have been through an extensive application and
evaluation process to qualify for the program, which is part of an on-going
partnership between Girl Scouts of the USA and National Geographic to
promote scientific and geographic learning among girls.  All are fully
sponsored for their trips by National Geographic.

The program will focus on an extensive research project at Beidler Forest
that is the work of Jacqueline Litzgus, Ph.D. candidate from the University
of South Carolina.  Ms. Litzgus has been conducting research for the past
three years on the Spotted Turtle populations at Beidler Forest.  She is the
recipient of a National Geographic Committee for Research and Exploration
Grant to study the reptiles.  Originally from Canada, Ms. Litzgus is
comparing the southern populations of this endangered turtle species to
those found in her home country.  By tracking the turtles through the use of
radio transmitters, Ms. Litzgus has gleaned much about the life and habits
of this remarkable and secretive species.  Ms. Litzgus' research has
received extensive local and national coverage.

The scouts will track and record data for radio-tagged turtles in the swamp
with Litzgus.  They will conduct experiments, and learn the importance of
wetlands and the role Beidler Forest plays in protecting Four Holes Swamp.
The girls are encouraged to return to their communities and use their
newfound knowledge of wetlands and science on local volunteer projects.

Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society www.nationalgeographic.com
is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations in
the world. It reaches nearly 200 million people each month through its five
magazines, the National Geographic Channel, books, videos, maps and
interactive media. The Society has funded more than 7,000 scientific
research projects and supports an education program combating geographic
illiteracy.

Girl Scouts of the USA www.girlscouts.org is the world's pre-eminent
organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and
adults.  Today, as when founded in 1912, GSUSA helps cultivate values,
social conscience and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them
critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as adults.  In Girl
Scouting - and its special girl-only environment - girls discover the fun,
friendship and power of girls together.

Audubon www.audubon.org is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife
and the habitat that supports them.  Our growing network of community-based
Audubon Centers, grass roots science programs for bird enthusiasts, and
advocacy on behalf of ecosystems sustaining important bird populations,
engage millions of people of all ages and backgrounds in positive
conservation experiences.

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