New Signs for Galveston Beaches!
Stewart Beach and the Galveston Island State Park are home to three new signs honoring Dr. Andre M. Landry, Jr. of Texas A&M University at Galveston and Dr. Joe Flanagan, Senior Veterinarian of the Houston Zoo. Both men have contributed greatly to the recovery of the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. Sign
Dr. Landry taught thousands of marine biology students before his retirement last year as well as completing valuable research and starting the first sea turtle patrols on the Upper Texas Coast. Dr. Flanagan works with the Galveston Laboratory of the National Marine Fisheries Service to help injured or sick sea turtles.
The signs were made possible with donations to the Sea Turtle Restoration Project (STRP) from the River Oaks Baptist School, the Piney Woods Wildlife Society, HEART (Help Endangered Animals-Ridley Turtles) and the Cornelius King Charitable Trust.
“We hope that tourists and other beach goers will take a few minutes to read about the Kemp’s ridleys and learn what they can do to help them,” said Carole Allen, Gulf Office Director of STRP in Houston. “I’m sure both Dr. Landry and Dr. Flanagan agree that education about sea turtles is extremely valuable.”