‘Turtles Fly Too’ presentation postponed to Thursday, April 25 due to severe weather

Weather update: Due to expected severe weather, the ‘Turtles Fly Too’ presentation scheduled for Thursday, April 4 has been postponed to Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at the Aviation Museum of N.H., 27 Navigator Road, Londonderry, N.H.

Learn how local pilots help airlift endangered sea turtles from cold New England waters in program about ‘Turtles Fly Too’ at Aviation Museum of N.H.

An example of the endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, a type often rescued by Turtles Fly Too.

Never mind when pigs fly. How about turtles?

That’s what happens each year when local pilots help a conservation group transport hundreds of cold-stunned sea turtles by air from chilly New England waters to warmer climes.

Learn all about this unusual rescue effort on Thursday, April 25 at the Aviation Museum of N.H., 27 Navigator Road, Londonderry, N.H.

The program, in honor of Earth Day later this month, starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 per person; Aviation Museum members admitted free.

David Dinneen, a pilot and Massachusetts Aviation Coordinator for ‘Turtles Fly Too,’ will speak about how aviation supports the rescue of sea turtles that each year become disoriented and stranded in the cold waters off New England.

Species involved in the rescue include Kemp’s Ridley turtles, the most critically endangered sea turtle in the world.

Dinneen is also the aviation coordinator of Cape Cod Ocean Community, a non-profit and community-based organization that facilitates shark surveillance testing projects.

Turtles Fly Too is a non-profit with a mission to use general aviation to transport endangered species and promote conservation through education and outreach.

Their tactics include giving medivac flight to turtles that remain too long past summer in the waters of the Gulf of Maine.

By mid-November, temperatures begin dropping too fast for these cold-blooded reptiles, and volunteers find them washed ashore in a hypothermic state. That’s where the pilots come in to transport them to emergency treatment facilities.

Dinneen has a long history in local aviation, having worked as an airport manager and serving as executive director of the Massachusetts Airport Management Association (MAMA) from 2009 to 2020. Dinneen and his sister, Kelley Dinneen, also owned and operated KING Aviation Mansfield in Mansfield, Mass.

David Dinneen currently sits on the Board of Directors of MAMA, is Treasurer of the Aero Club of New England and Chairman of the Waterways Commission for the Town of Scituate. Dinneen is an airport management, operations, and development business leader who is passionate about educating the public on how general aviation impacts everyday life.

The program takes place Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at the Aviation Museum of N.H., 27 Navigator Road, Londonderry and is open to the public. Admission to the event is free for Aviation Museum members and $10 per person for non-members.

Learn more about Turtles Fly Too at www.turtlesflytoo.org.

The Aviation Museum is located at 27 Navigator Road, off Harvey Road, in Londonderry, N.H. For more information, visit www.aviationmuseumofnh.org or call (603) 669-4820 or email jrapsis@nhahs.org. Follow the Aviation Museum on social media at www.facebook.com/nhahs.

A presentation of the Aviation Museum’s ‘Exploring Aviation’ series, sponsored in part by Grappone Automotive Group.

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