California Academy of Sciences Celebrates Earth Day

SAN FRANCISCO (April 15, 1999) - This Earth Day, come explore and celebrate some of earth's creatures who inhabit corners of the world that few of us rarely see. On April 24, the California Academy of Sciences will join forces with the Earth Island Institute and the Marine Mammal Center to illuminate the amazing and mysterious lives of sea creatures. Visitors can discover the underwater world of a 1200 pound Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle or hear a first hand account of Keiko's (the star of "Free Willie") real life journey to freedom.

Using slide and video presentations, the programs will educate museum visitors about the natural history and conservation of sea turtles, marine mammals and sharks, and the environmental dangers that threaten these animals and their ecosystems. Visitors can touch elephant seal skin, sea lion bones and more.

11:10 - 11:50 a.m. Giant Sea Turtles
Teri Shore, Sea Turtle Restoration Project Director; Earth Island Institute, San Francisco.

1:10 - 1:50 a.m.

Sea Birds: Masters of the Ocean and Air
Meryl Sundove, Education Director; Richardson Bay Audubon Center, Tiburon.

2:30 - 3:10 p.m.

California Marine Mammals
Doreen Mooser, Assistant Director of Education; Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito.

3:30 - 4:10 p.m.

Sharks of San Francisco
Dr. Douglas J. Long, Research Associate; Ichthyology Department of the California Academy of Sciences.

4:30 - 5:10 p.m.

Free Willy, the Real Story
Mark Berman, Program Associate; Earth Island Institute of San Francisco.