Help Spread the Word
We have been out pushing the FMSEA message to teachers across the state at teacher in-services, workshops, and conferences. My challenge to you is to help spread the word about FMSEA to your colleagues this year. Did you know FMSEA gives a FREE membership to first year teachers? So reach out to any new teachers this year and invite them to try out FMSEA. Member applications can be found on our website.
Get Dirty to Get Clean
Many volunteer opportunities are happening in September around the state with National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 29.
Grapevine Removal at Riverwalk: A Family Park from 9 a.m. or 11 a.m., Rockledge
Get down and dirty removing invasive grapevine from the preserve at Riverwalk. Volunteers must wear long pants and closed-toed shoes; work gloves, sunscreen and long sleeves are recommended. Bottled water will be provided. You can also earn community service hours for bright futures or other programs if applicable.
Seining at Barrier Island Center from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Melbourne Beach
In recognition of National Public Lands Day join BIC biologists as they search for the amazing creatures that inhabit the Indian River Lagoon. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Closed toe water shoes required and please wear insect repellant and sunscreen. Meet on the BIC oceanfront deck at 9:30 a.m.
Kayak Paddles at Barrier Island Center from 9 a.m. or 11 a.m., Melbourne Beach
Paddle and explore with a guided hour and a half kayak tour of our precious preserve. Closed toe water shoes required and please wear insect repellant and sunscreen. Enrollment is limited to 4 tandem and 3 single kayaks per session (two sessions available). Children must paddle tandem with an adult. Meet on the BIC oceanfront deck, a half hour prior to your kayak session. Preregistration required, call 321-723-3556 to make your reservation by Thursday, September 27th.
There are many other opportunities for National Public Lands Day including shoreline cleanups, scrub jay monitoring, concerts, and more. Visit the NPLD website to search for events near you my map or zip code.
Muddy the Waters
Also on September 29 is National Estuaries Day. Find events in our National Estuarine Research Reserves by visiting the National Estuaries Day website.
Brevard Zoo will be celebrating the day with an event from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Join them for oyster mat making, oyster drilling, book readings of “An Afternoon in Mosquito Lagoon” at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., mangrove planting with FDEP, games, crafts, exhibitors, and more. Zoo admission is required.
A little further south, at the location of our 2013 annual conference, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and Smithsonian Marine Station will host their own public celebrations to commemorate the day. Event offerings will include informal presentations by staff scientists, live Indian River Lagoon organism displays, hands-on science activities, learning games, children’s entertainment, arts and crafts, food and drink concessions, and pontoon boat eco tours of the lagoon. Admission is free and shuttles are available between the two locations. For more information about event day activities occurring at FAU Harbor Branch, please call the Harbor Branch Ocean Discovery Center at 772-242-2293. For information about Museum Pointe Park event day activities, please call 772-465-3271.
Heed the Siren Song
Care for Our Manatees – Saturday, September 22nd @ 2 p.m.
Also at the Barrier Island Center in Melbourne Beach, join Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Biologists for an intimate look into the life of these gentle giants. Learn why they are an endangered species, what threats they face and what you can do to help protect and enjoy them for many years to come. Free to attend, no reservations required.