Bring the Ocean into You Classroom
We have two Aquatic Species Collection Workshops coming up in our Region. One in Brevard County, on August 9, and one in Volusia County on September 10. After completion you will receive a permit that will allow you to collect marine and freshwater fish and invertebrates for educational use in your classroom. The permit is $25 and good for three years. You can find more information on the classes and register on the links above.
Restore a Shore
FWC and partners are restoring a saltmarsh on FWC property in New Smyrna Beach. Here are the details on the upcoming Saturday events for volunteers:
When: August 9 and 23, Sept 6 and 20 from 9:00am to 1:00pm…rain or shine (plants like both!)
What: planting native species within and along the newly-restored saltmarsh, viewing mountain, and amphitheater. We have plants of various sizes but most are 8-18inches and easy to handle. The work is moderately strenuous and involves walking in uneven, sandy (sometimes wet) terrain.
Who: participants must be a minimum of 10yrs of age. Anyone between the ages of 10 and 16 must have signature from a parent or guardian the day of the event at sign-in.
Where: FWC’s Mosquito Lagoon Marine Enhancement Center (home of Marine Discovery Center) at the end of Barracuda Blvd. along the north causeway in New Smyrna Beach (520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169). Follow the signs the day of the event to park in the west parking lot.
How: just bring clothes that can get dirty, closed-toe shoes that you don’t mind getting wet and dirty, gloves, shovels (especially drain spade and handheld spade types), sunscreen/hat/water in a reusable bottle, wheelbarrow (if you have one), a great attitude, and we’ll show you the rest. Please label your tools to avoid confusion.
Why: could be fun, our native species need your help, to get outdoors, to see the new features at the site (see the progress happening in the picture below).
If you are interested in attending, RSVP John-Paul at JPSteed@brevardzoo.org. Please include the names of the people attending, their ages, e-mail address, and contact phone number.
The Brevard County Extension Office will host an eight week program on Wednesdays starting August 20, about sustainable living strategies. The cost of the program is $30 and covers all materials and one Saturday field trip. Find out more information on the flyer here.
Bring the Keys to your Computer
NOAA Ocean Exploration Webinar for Educators – Coral Ecosystem Connectivity Expedition 2014: Pulley Ridge to the Florida Keys
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Office of Ocean Exploration and Research invites formal and informal educators to participate in a webinar to introduce educational resources developed for an ocean exploration mission to the coral reef ecosystems off of southwest Florida.
From August 14-28, 2014, ocean explorers will be investigating relationships between shallow water coral reefs and deeper, twilight zone (or mesophotic) coral reef ecosystems of the southwest coast of Florida. Scientists are working to better understand the role that these relatively healthy mesophotic reefs may play in replenishing key fish species and other organisms in the downstream reefs of the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas. Fieldwork will include characterizing the benthic habitat and fish communities using a remotely operated vehicle and deploying drifters to measure currents. Both genetic and ecosystem connectivity will be investigated with the goal of developing new strategies for managing and protecting shallow and deeper water coral ecosystems.
This 60-minute webinar will provide an introduction to the science behind the expedition and the associated Education Expedition Module, including lessons and other resources to enable you and your students to delve more deeply into the expedition and follow along with us online. Resources presented will be archived for use during the upcoming academic year.
Image: Example of corals and algae found on Pulley Ridge. Photo Credit: M. Echevarria, Florida Aquarium.
This cruise is part of a multi-year partnership between OER, AOML, FMFS, NOS’ National Marine Sanctuary Program and Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research, and two NOAA Cooperative Institutes: the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) and the Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research, and Technology (CIOERT).
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
Questions? Contact Susan Haynes, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Title: NOAA Ocean Exploration Webinar for Educators – Coral Ecosystem Connectivity Expedition 2014: Pulley Ridge to the Florida Keys
Date: Thursday, August 7, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.