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It is Turtlefest time again

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It's time again for the annual Turtlefest at Loggerhead Marinelife Center. The Center is located in scenic Juno Beach, Florida, and each year this event draws hundreds of thousands of people. It is set to take place today, Saturday, April 5, 2014.

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This event is totally free, giving attendees a chance to take part in Loggerhead Sea Turtle programs and all kinds of other ocean activities.

Experts including part of the Palm Beach County Ocean Rescue Junior Lifeguard Program, Treasure Coast Wildlife Center, Blueline Surf & Paddle Center and other similar organizations, will be full of exciting information to entice turtle and ocean enthusiasts.

"We are trying to bring ocean conservation to local residents. Our goal is to expose what we do here at Loggerhead to the public," said Loggerhead Marketing & Communication Director, Kathryn Rumbley.

Local elementary, middle and high school students submitted artwork, focused on ocean conservation, for viewing by a widespread audience. Art contest winners will be announced today.

The Loggerhead Marinelife Center does so much for the local community. In addition to providing research, rehabilitation for and education about threatened and endangered sea turtles, the Center also has a turtle hospital, a learning center for the public and tanks for recovering sea turtles.

Besides the turtles, there will also be a red-tailed hawk, barn owl, red-shouldered hawk, baby alligator, small crocodile and of course, the sea turtles. You may even end up going home with an adopted dog from Big Dog Ranch Rescue.

Come to the event hungry and enjoy food and beverages and plenty of activities for the kids. It is all going on from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. today, Saturday, April 5, 2014.

If the turtles spark your interest, Turtlefest will not be your only opportunity to learn more about these quiet creatures. We are currently in turtle nesting season from March 1st through October 31st and if you go to www.marinelife.org, you can get a schedule of opportunities to take part in this magical experience of nature.

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