Wekiva River Aquatic Preserve Removes Birdhouses
(11/26/14) - In order to keep the Wekiva River Aquatic Preserve waters free of debris and safe for wildlife and boaters,
staff recently removed more than 40 birdhouses from a canal on the St. Johns River.
GTM Research Reserve Helping Create Estuarine-Smart Kids
with Electronic Devices
(11/25/14) - The GTM Research Reserve's environmental education department is helping create estuarine-smart kids with
handheld electronic devices as a key component of the K-12 Estuarine Education Program (KEEP).
Adventure Racers Paddle and Run in Support of Conservation
(11/24/14) - The Rookery Bay Adventure Race, held on Nov. 22, engaged nearly 70 men and women in a 3K kayak along Henderson
Creek and a 4K trail run on the Snail Trail at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. The event was sponsored by Up
A Creek Kayak Tours, with proceeds benefiting the Friends of Rookery Bay, the citizen support organization for the Rookery
Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves Hosts "Become a Junior Bayologist" Winter Camp
(11/20/14) - The Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves announces its winter camp held at Pelican Harbor Marina on Dec. 22-24, 2014,
for children between the ages of 5-12. This winter camp offers a diverse range of hands-on activities, such as wading, walking
the shoreline and using a seine net to study and identify different species of wildlife.
Rookery Bay Reserve Offers Nature Photography Workshop
(11/20/14) - Relative newcomers to digital SLR (single lens reflex) nature photography will be able to build on their skills
at a two-session nature photography workshop to be held at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center on Dec. 18 and 19, 2014.
GTM Research Reserve Offers Lecture About Female Sea
Turtle Foraging Habits
(11/12/14) - Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve hosts a free lecture for the public titled,
"Where Female Sea Turtles Forage Before Nesting," on Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 10-11 a.m. at the Marineland field office.
Charity Fishing Tournament Reels in Support for Rookery
Bay Reserve and Coastal Conservation Association
(11/10/14) - The Friends of Rookery Bay and Coastal Conservation Association of Florida jointly hosted the inaugural Guardian Anglers
Charity Fishing Tournament on Nov. 7-8, 2014, bringing in a total of $40,000 to benefit both organizations.
DEP's Florida Coastal Office Debuts Interactive Map of Aquatic Preserves
(11/6/14) - Take a virtual tour through some of Florida's most outstanding coastal habitats. The Florida Department of Environmental
Protection's Florida Coastal Office presents an online interactive story map that takes visitors on a virtual tour of the state's
41 aquatic preserves through pictures, videos and website links.
Registration Open for Nature Festival at Rookery Bay
(10/31/14) - Registration is now open for dozens of field trips to wildlife hotspots across southwest Florida as part of the 11th Annual
Nature Festival hosted by Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve from Jan. 16-18, 2015.
Florida Celebrates High Sea Turtle Nest Count This
(10/29/14) - Researchers are again seeing a high number of sea turtle nests on Florida's beaches this year. The number of nests in Florida
has increased over the past several years as a result of increased conservation efforts and decreased detrimental storms throughout the state.
Environmental Mission Reflected in Rookery Bay Painting
(10/27/14) - Featuring a central theme of landscape, the Ninth Annual Juried Painting Exhibition debuts at Rookery Bay Reserve on Nov. 6, 2014.
The exhibition highlights works of artists from Lee and Collier counties.
Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves Postpones 'Paddle Out!'
(10/23/14) - The threat of inclement weather is forcing
the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves to postpone its
"Paddle Out! Biscayne Bay" event originally scheduled
for Saturday, Oct. 25. The event will now take place on Jan. 10.
Rookery Bay Reserve Presents Diverse Lecture Series
about Florida's History
(10/20/14) - Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has released its monthly "Lunch & Learn Lecture Series" lineup, which kicks off
at noon on Nov. 4 with "Florida History Through the Eyes of Florida Authors."
Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve Offers Wading Trips Through
(10/20/14) - Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve will host its final wading trip of 2014 in November, inviting visitors to discover first-hand
why estuaries are known as "cradles of the ocean." Now open for registration, the trip is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 5.
Wekiva River Aquatic Preserve Management Plan Approved
by Acquisition and Restoration Council
(10/17/14) - The Acquisition and Restoration Council today approved the 10-year management plan for Wekiva River Aquatic Preserve located
in central Florida and encompassing 6,000 acres of sovereign submerged lands. These lands include a 22-mile portion of a federally
designated American Heritage River and a 19-mile section of a federally designated Wild and Scenic River.
Rookery Bay Reserve Hosts Geographic Information System
(10/17/14) - Today, more than 100 professionals attended the Fourth Annual GIS Symposium at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center.
This daylong event has grown over the years to become one of the top GIS events in southwest Florida.
GTM Research Reserve Marineland Offers Lecture on
(10/13/14) - The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve invites the public to a free lecture, "Ecology, Impacts and
Control of Invasive Lionfish," on Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 10 - 11 a.m. at the GTM Research Reserve Marineland field office.
Mangroves, Docks and Shoreline Stabilization Workshop Comes to GTM Reserve
(10/8/14) - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Northeast District is offering training for individuals interested
in mangroves and preserving natural coastal resources. The training will be held at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine
Research Reserve on Oct. 15.
Gov. Scott: Florida Gulf Coast Restoration Moving Forward
(10/7/14) - Governor Rick Scott announced the funding of the third and largest set of early restoration projects, as approved by
the Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees. Nearly $88 million represents 28 projects, which will
take place throughout many communities along the Panhandle. Additionally, two U.S. Department of the Interior projects will take
place at Gulf Islands National Seashore in Escambia County and total approximately $15 million.
St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserves Celebrates the Bay
(10/6/14) - Community members celebrate the beauty of the bay at the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve's Bay Day celebration
by participating in tram tours through the heart of the preserve, shoreline and kayak excursions, birding and nature walks, and
a traditional low country boil. More than 160 attendees enjoyed the Bay Day celebration on Oct. 4, 2014, at the St. Joseph Bay
State Buffer Preserve visitor's center.
Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves Celebrate 40 Years of Protection
(10/6/14) - A month-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves continues to bring much-needed
attention to one of the state's treasured natural resources. The "Soiree by the Bay," held Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, at the Deering Estate
at Cutler, featured the beauty and history of the aquatic preserves in pictures, art, video and storytelling.
Apalachicola Research Reserve Offers Panhandle Habitat Courses
(10/2/14) - The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) offers professional-level classes for coastal
decision-makers, working professionals and concerned citizens throughout October and November. The Panhandle Habitat series
of classes offers three different topics: estuaries, barrier islands, and rivers and floodplains.
GTM Research Reserve Celebrates National Estuaries Day
(10/1/14) - Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. joined more than 365 community
members for Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve's National Estuaries Day celebration, "FAMILY EcoMENTALITY,"
on Sept., 27.
St. Martins Marsh Aquatic Preserve Hosts National Estuaries Day Celebration
(10/1/14) - More than 150 visitors celebrate National Estuaries Day by learning firsthand about the local estuarine community of
St. Martins Marsh Aquatic Preserve. This event took place on Sept. 27 in partnership with the Citrus County School District's Marine
Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves Participates in 'Operation Safe Passage'
(9/30/14) - The Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves will take part in a multi-agency effort to remove fallen trees that have
become navigational hazards in the North Fork of the St. Lucie River. "Operation Safe Passage" takes place Oct. 1-2 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Apalachicola Research Reserve Celebrates the Estuary
(9/30/14) - The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) hosted its annual National Estuaries Day Celebration on
Friday, Sept. 26, in Eastpoint. Approximately 618 visitors interacted with more than 25 staff from ANERR, along with 57 adult
volunteers and 13 student volunteers.
Rookery Bay Reserve Hosts National Estuaries Day
(9/30/14) - Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve welcomed 450 adults and 150 children for its annual celebration
of estuaries, the special places where rivers meet the sea. The event engaged visitors in the enjoyment of coastal resources
through staff-narrated boat tours, kayaking and paddle boarding on Henderson Creek, as well as food and live music.
GTM Research Reserve Participates in World's Largest Volunteer Beach Cleanup
(9/26/14) - Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve is now free from 43 bags of waste thanks to the hard
work of more than 78 volunteers. The trash was collected as part of the 29th annual International Coastal Cleanup.
Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves Hosts International Coastal Cleanup
(9/23/14) - The Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves continues its efforts to keep Biscayne Bay clean through its annual participation
in the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup Day. Last Saturday, a total of 112 volunteers in 24 groups picked up
53 bags of trash along protected mangrove shorelines throughout the Pelican Harbor Marina site.
GTM Research Reserve Celebrates National Estuaries Day
(9/23/14) - Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve hosts its National Estuaries Day celebration,
"Family EcoMENTALITY," on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Environmental Education Center. Department of
Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. will attend the celebration and welcome guests to the event.
Celebrate National Estuaries Day at Florida's Research
Reserves and Aquatic Preserves
(9/18/14) - The celebration that recognizes the importance of estuaries
- the habitat where rivers meet the sea - takes place the
final weekend in September on National Estuaries Day at four locations in Florida: Guana Tolomato Matanzas NERR, Apalachicola NERR,
Rookery Bay NERR and St. Martins Marsh Aquatic Preserve.
Charity Fishing Tournament to Benefit Rookery Bay Reserve
(9/15/14) - The Friends of Rookery Bay and Coastal Conservation Association of Florida are jointly hosting the
Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament on Nov. 7-8, 2014.
Rookery Bay Reserve Participates in World Shorebirds Day
(9/12/14) - Rookery Bay Reserve staff and volunteers count more than 600 shorebirds for an online database as
part of the inaugural World Shorebirds Day.
Rookery Bay Reserve Seeks Motivated Volunteers
(9/4/14) - Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is seeking 10 to 15 new volunteers who are
year-round Florida residents. Volunteering allows participants to learn about the local environment while
helping the state of Florida preserve natural resources and cultural heritage for future generations. Volunteers
at Rookery Bay Reserve have the opportunity to assist in many areas including research, education, resource
management, facilities and administration.
Mangrove Restoration Study Underway in Rookery Bay
(9/2/14) - Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has entered into a research partnership with the U.S.
Geological Service (USGS) to conduct a long-term study of a mangrove die-off area near Goodland. USGS awarded
funding to this project for a minimum of three years to assess the 225-acre hydrologic restoration, partially
underway, at Fruit Farm Creek.
GTM Research Reserve Announces Successful Derelict Crab
(8/27/14) - Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve announced that the Northeast Florida
Aquatic Preserves conducted their first derelict crab trap removal event from Aug. 21-23, 2014. This successful
removal of 27 traps was a collaborative effort of the Northeast Florida Aquatic Preserves, the GTM Research Reserve,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Neil Armingeon, Matanzas Riverkeeper.
GTM Research Reserve Marineland Hosts Mangrove Workshop
(8/27/14) - Today, the GTM Research Reserve's Coastal Training Program and the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection's Northeast District educated more than 25 people during the free workshop, "Living with Mangroves," held
at the Marineland Field Office.
Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve Management Plan Approved by
Acquisition and Restoration Council
(8/15/14) - The Acquisition and Restoration Council today approved the 10-year
management plan for Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve
located in Lee County and encompassing 11,000 acres of exceptionally beautiful sovereign submerged lands.
GTM Research Reserve Seeking Volunteers
(8/14/14) - Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve will host a volunteer
orientation meeting on Saturday, Aug. 23 at the GTM Environmental Education Center. Anyone interested
in volunteering in a natural setting with a focus on conservation is encouraged to attend.
Keewaydin Island Ranked as One of the World's Top 10
(8/13/14) - Keewaydin Island, located within the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, was recently
named by CNN online as one of the world's "Top Ten Secret Beaches."
Invasive Lionfish Focus of Upcoming Apalachicola Reserve
(8/12/14) - Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission's Lionfish Action Control Team are partnering to raise awareness about the invasive lionfish.
Local fishing guide, Grayson Shepard, will talk with the public about the recent increase in population of the
invasive lionfish during a Sci-Cafe Aug. 14 at Tamara's Tapas Bar and Grill in Apalachicola. Free, cooked lionfish
samples will be offered, with sides and drinks available for purchase.
Celebrate National Wildlife Day with Local Artist at
(8/11/14) - Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center will offer buy one, get one free admission in
honor of National Wildlife Day on Sept. 4. Events include a live painting demonstration and guided tour
of wildlife artwork in the art gallery with local artist Linda Soderquist.
Rookery Bay to Host Mangroves Trimming Regulations Workshop
(8/4/14) - Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve will host a learning opportunity for landscape
professionals focusing on responsible mangrove maintenance on August 14.
Celebrate Smokey Bear's Birthday at Rookery Bay Reserve
(8/4/14) - Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve will offer buy one, get one free admission in honor
of Smokey Bear's 70th birthday on August 8. Since 1944, this legendary bear has reminded us of the dangers of
forest fires and how we can do our part to prevent them.
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Making Progress
(7/25/14) - Approval of this process means council members can begin submitting projects as early as next month,
with project-vetting activities taking place later this fall. The Council will invest in specific actions, projects
and programs that can be carried out in the near-term to help ensure on-the-ground results to restore the overall
health of the ecosystem.
DEP Invites Residents, Visitors to "Discover Florida Wild"
(7/16/14) - State agencies, VISIT Florida launched an online recreation gateway. The portal allows visitors
to link to state agencies managing more than 700 natural springs, 825 miles of beaches and 10,000 miles of
hiking, paddling, equestrian and biking trails.
Residents from Across the State Create Support Organization for Aquatic Preserves
(6/27/14) - A new statewide citizen support organization (CSO), the Aquatic Preserve Society, has been
formed to promote the protection of Florida's 41 aquatic preserves.
Summer Means Science for DEP's Coral Reef Program and
Southeast Florida Community
(6/25/14) - This summer the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP)
will gather valuable scientific information about southeast Florida's coral reefs through citizen science programs,
as well as staff research dives.
Rare Plant Species Blossom After Prescribed Burn
(6/23/14) - Several new sites of five rare plants were
recently discovered at St. Joseph Bay State Buffer
Preserve after a prescribed burn.
Famous Diver Partners to Increase Coral Reef Awareness
(6/23/14) - Philippe Cousteau Jr, the grandson of legendary Jacques Cousteau, recorded a 30-second public
service announcement promoting the importance of Florida's coral reefs and advocated support for the "Our
Florida Reefs" community planning process.
Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves to Celebrate 40 Years of
Protection (6/20/14) - In October, Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves will celebrate its 40th anniversary, and
the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Coastal Office invites you to join in on the
State Approved Purchase of 155 Acres for Conservation (6/17/14)
- The Florida Cabinet approved the purchase of more than
155 acres of property adjacent to Lower Wekiva River
Preserve State Park which helps protect Wekiva River
Active Duty Military and their Families Receive Free
Admission to GTM Research Reserve this Summer (6/16/14)
- Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research
Reserve will participate this summer in Blue Star
Museums. Free admission will be offered to the nation's
activy duty military personnel from Memorial Day through
Labor Day 2014.
Summer Science Camp Bridges Learning Gap - GTM Research
Reserve (6/6/14) - The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve is hosting numerous
science-based activities and events for students. Events include summer camps, engaging educational lectures
Summer Science Camp Bridges Learning Gap - Rookery Bay
National Estuarine Research Reserve (6/6/14) -
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is hosting numerous science-based activities and events for students.
Events include engaging educational lectures, a watercolor exhibit and free admission for several events.
Florida Sea Turtle Nesting Season
is Here (5/22/14) - Sea turtle nesting has begun in Florida and will continue through the end of October.
Guy Harvey Brings Awareness to Florida
Reefs (5/8/14) - The DEP's Coral Reef Conservation Program premiered a series of six 30-second public service
announcements (PSAs) today focusing on southeast Florida coral reefs and the Our Florida Reefs Community Planning
Process. Among the diverse group of talent featured in the PSAs was world-renowned marine life artist Guy Harvey,
as well as local celebrities and reef users.
Rookery Bay Research Reserve, Discovery Channel Honor
Students for Film Projects (5/1/14) - DEP's Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve hosted the
Second Annual Lely High School Marine Science Student Film Premiere.With the reserve as the backdrop, 30 teams of
students interviewed scientists and educators to learn about local environmental issues. In partnership with Discovery
Education, the students also worked with the Discovery Channel's associate producers on the mechanics of making a film.
DEP's Northwest District and Aquatic Preserves Host
Shoreline Cleanup in Celebration of Earth Day (4/22/14)
- DEP's Northwest District and Northwest Florida
Aquatic Preserves hosted a shoreline cleanup at "Project
GreenShores" in celebration of Earth Day. More than 60
volunteers collected 39 bags of trash during the three
Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve Management Plan Approved by Acquisition and Restoration Council (4/11/14) -
The Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve Management Plan was approved by the Acquisition and Restoration Council.
The Council is responsible for reviewing the management plans and land use for all state-owned conservation lands,
as well as the selection and ranking of land acquisition projects on the Florida Forever priority list.
DEP Participates in the 14th Annual Oceans Day at the Capitol (4/9/14) - The DEP participated in the 14th annual
celebration of Florida Oceans Day at the Capitol. This year's theme, "Tomorrow's Ocean Workforce," highlighted the
contributions of the ocean and coastal economy for job creation in the Sunshine State.
Coral Reef Conservation Program Community Working Group Meetings Begin (3/17/14) - The Our Florida Reefs
community planning process for Florida's coral reefs focuses on the northern third of the Florida reef tract
stretching more than 100 miles from Key Biscayne to the St. Lucie Inlet. The working group members will meet
monthly for a year to review the latest science on Southeast Florida's coral reefs and work together to make
Governor Scott, Cabinet Approve
Rookery Bay Reserve Management Plan (3/6/14) - Governor Scott and the Florida Cabinet approved the ten year
plan for Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, a 110,000-acre site of forests, uplands and waters
in Southwest Florida.
GTM Research Reserve Hosts State of the Reserve (2/20/14) - The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine
Research Reserve hosted its third annual State of the Reserve Friday at the Environmental Education Center in
Ponte Vedra Beach, focusing on research that examined water quality, habitats and species within estuarine and
Apalachicola NERR Staff, Volunteers Help Rescue 127
Cold-Stunned Turtles (1/31/14) - Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve staff members, along with
staff from the University of Florida, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission staff, and volunteers
patrolled the southwest corner of St. Joe Bay on shore and by boat on Thursday and Friday to search and rescue
cold-stunned sea turtles.