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WGCU’s ‘Sea of Uncertainty’ film, discussion next Friday

By Staff | Jan 11, 2011

The documentary "Sea of Uncertainty" explores the long-term effects of 2010’s BP oil spill.

To kick off its 2011 Friday Afternoon Lecture Series, “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS) and the Refuge Nature Store, will host a free screening of the WGCU documentary Sea of Uncertainty on Friday, Jan. 21. A panel discussion with Judie Zimomra, City of Sanibel manager; Rae Ann Wessel, Natural Resource Policy Director of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation; and “Ding” Darling Refuge Manager Paul Tritaik will follow.

Released in late September 2010, WGCU Public Television’s “Sea of Uncertainty” opens the door for continued dialogue about the potential long-term impact of the BP oil spill and the chemical dispersants used to eliminate the oil.

The film takes a look at the work of scientists at “Ding” Darling to generate baseline coastal data; the role of other local agencies in providing long-term housing for and releasing displaced turtles and pelicans impacted by the oil; and the work of groups from Boca Grande to Sanibel Island that hosted workshops and training sessions to better respond in the event of another oil spill.

The documentary also highlights the efforts of environmental organizations working to change laws on off-shore drilling and encourage the use of renewable energy.

The screening begins at 1 p.m. in the Refuge Education Center. Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis. The schedule of the season’s series follows below.

Note that the lecture series has been changed from Thursday to Friday this year because of parking issues. As usual, Wildlife Drive is closed on Friday.

For more information on the lecture series, call 472-1100 ext. 241 or log on to www.dingdarlingsociety.org.

As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, DDWS works to support “Ding” Darling Refuge’s mission of conservation, wildlife and habitat protection, research and public education.

To join DDWS and support the refuge with a tax-deductible donation, visit www.dingdarlingsociety.org or contact Birgie Vertesch by calling 239-292-0566 or sending an e-mail to director@dingdarlingsociety.org.