East Central Region January 2016 Updates

by Brandon on 2016/01/16

in East Central, Regional Reports

I wanted to wish you all a happy new year. I apologize for the lateness of this update but unfortunately I had a family emergency that took me out of state and put me a bit behind. Not to worry there are still some interesting events going on to tell you about.

Share your love of Marine Science

First and foremost I hope you are planning on attending the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) conference this summer that is hosted by FMSEA. If you would like to share some of your programs or work at the conference we are now looking for presenters. Submit a proposal for the NMEA2016 conference in sunny Orlando!!  June 27 – July 1, 2016.    http://www.marine-ed.org/?NMEA_2016_Presenters. General registration should be open soon as well.

Wish for a Fish

Do you want to collect marine and freshwater organisms for educational use? There is an Aquatic Species Collection Workshop happening in our region in Ocoee. Join us at Legacy Charter High School from 6:30pm-8:30pm, Saturday, March 26. Click this link to register.

Straw Free For Me

The Barrier Island Center has lots of great programs going on this month and lucky for us they are towards the end of the month so there is still time to register. There is one happening tomorrow so if you want to join on it register now (sorry for the short notice on that one). It is a program called Litter Quitter and gives you the materials needed to urge restaurants to adopt litter reduction practices, such as switching from styrofoam to paper, or having an ask first straw policy. Check out the other BIC events for the month here: Jan 16 BIC flyer.

Resolution Tip: Shell-Bagging Counts As Exercise

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who have made a New Year’s resolution to be healthier in 2016, we’ve got great news for you: four out of five leading experts agree that shell-bagging for your favorite lagoon restoration program counts as exercise! Shell-bagging is the foundation of our tried and tested oyster crossfit program, guaranteed to whip you into shape while also creating the base layer of brand new reefs to be built this spring through Brevard Zoo’s Oyster Gardening program. Do yourself a favor and register for one of their upcoming shell-bagging events today!

Also at the Brevard Zoo you’ll find the Washed Ashore Project—Now through May 8—See giant sea creatures crafted from marine debris! Included with Zoo admission. Find more information here.

Brown Bag It

The Marine Resources Council in Palm Bay has some great speakers coming up the next few months with their Brown Bag Lunch Series. The talks are held 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, at the Ted Moorhead Lagoon House located at  3275 Dixie Hwy NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905. You can call (321) 725-7775 for more information.


February 2: Julie Albert (Right Whale Season Update)

March 1: Carol and Bill Deluccia (Ocean Friendly Gardens)

April 5: Sally Scalera (Florida Friendly Landscaping)

They also have the Science Social and Silent Auction coming up on January 22 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. There they will announce the out comes of the Science Assembly and the details of the first IRL Report Card during the social. Those interested in attending can find more info and register here: http://marineresourcescouncil.wildapricot.org/event-2119736

Movie Night

We are just a few weeks away from the 3rd annual Beneath the Waves Youth Making Ripples Film Festival hosted by Florida Tech. The event includes interactive demos, light refreshments, 40 mins of marine science films, and a Q & A session with local scientists. The event is January 22nd and starts at 5:30 pm in the Gleason performing arts center. The event is FREE to all who attend. Educators – we will save seats for your students if you plan to bring your class…RSVP by emailing youthmakingripples@gmail.com See this year’s flier for more information.

Speak Live With a Scientist

3rd-6th grade classrooms may be able to participate in a one-time live video event that will allow students to chat with a scientist on the R/V JOIDES Resolutionas well as with the author and illustrator creative team behind the children’s books Uncovering Earth’s Secrets: Science and Adventure on the JOIDES Resolution and Where Wild Microbes Grow: The Search For Life Under the Seafloor. Both titles are available for free as eBooks and can be used to prepare students for the event.

This event will occur January 22, 2016 at 1:00-1:45 pm EST (10:00-10:45 am PST).

During the event, students will receive a brief tour of the ship while it is on an expedition in the Indian Ocean and then be able to ask questions of microbiologist Jason Sylvan, illustrator Alice Feagan, and children’s author Kevin Kurtz (i.e. me), to talk about living and doing research on the JOIDES Resolution, the search for life under the seafloor, and the process an author and illustrator use to turn science into a nonfiction children’s book.

Space is limited, so sign-up as soon as you can by sending an email to me at kevkurtz@gmail.com.

One Final Note

BYOGUIDES: This website offers free coral and reef identification video training
courses.  Check out the videos and subscribe to the blog. http://www.byoguides.com/

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