KAREN BUCKLEY, TURTLESINGER
Turtle Troubadour Extraordinaire
785 Stone Harbor Boulevard
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Thinking together is unity. Working together is success.
PRESS RELEASEAPRIL 30, 2003:
ANNOUNCING THE FIRST ANNUAL CAPE MAY COUNTY
MOTORCYCLE RUN FOR THE TURTLES
All Proceeds Benefit Turtle Conservation
We may be at war, but on Sunday, June 22nd, motorcycle riders, turtle lovers, and students from around the world can come together in the pursuit of peace for earths most ancient living reptile: the turtle.
Karen and Charlie Buckley (who ride a BMW and are known as the Turtlesinger and Turtletoter) are sponsoring the first self-guided motorcycle stop and go event of its kind during diamondback terrapin nesting season so that motorcyclists can help the turtles cross the roads, take injured or dead terrapins to The Wetlands Institute, and in general raise awareness of the turtles, especially during the terrapins nesting season. Other turtles the riders may see during the Ocean City to Cape May drive (maps will be provided) are snapping turtles, box turtles, mud turtles, red-bellied turtles, and more.
All proceeds for this event will go to the NYTTS (New York Turtle and Tortoise Society) Asian Scholarship Program at the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, New Jersey. Every summer, under the supervision of Dr. Roger Wood, Director of Research, the Institute offers 10-week research opportunities for college and university students and recent graduates who are recruited nationally and internationally. Over the past few years, students from the U.S. and Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, India, and China have learned how to help turtles here and are taking these conservation ideas back to their own countries, where some turtles are in very serious decline.
Registration for the event will take place from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m. at Kindle Ford in Cape May Court House. Students from the Institute will be on hand to show riders live terrapins and how to handle them if necessary. Fees are $20 per rider (not bike), $10 for kids 12 and under (under 6 free). The fee includes free turtle prizes for first registrants, live turtle instruction, tour map and afternoon social (endless hors douvres and coffee) at Two-Mile Landing in Wildwood Crest from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (cash bar). Live turtle #147;mascots will also be at the social. Pre-registration is encouraged as space is limited. For more information, call (609) 553-5353, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, Kindle Ford at (609) 465-2298, or go to the Turtlesinger.com Web site, and click on the Registration Form.
So come on out on June 22nd and help this globally peaceful cause by giving the turtles a brake!