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News Releases for DEP's Florida Coastal Office - 2015 Highlights
  • Aquatic Preserve Volunteers Contribute to Comprehensive Water Monitoring of Charlotte Harbor (4/20/15)  The Florida Department of Environmental Protection recognized the contribution by members of the Charlotte Harbor Estuaries Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Network at an appreciation event on April 18. Since 1996, this network of 80 volunteers has donated more than 55,125 hours to the state of Florida monitoring water quality in six aquatic preserves, across three counties, surrounding Charlotte Harbor.
     
  • Rookery Bay Reserve and Audubon Partner to Protect Shorebirds (4/14/15) Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve manages 40 percent of Collier County's coastline, which serves as crucial habitat for many species of migratory and nesting birds. Rookery Bay Reserve, in partnership with Audubon Florida and Audubon of the Western Everglades, is pleased to welcome new Shorebird Monitoring and Stewardship Project Managre Adam DiNuovo.
     
  • Rookery Bay Reserve Receives $10,000 from Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (4/2/15) Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has received $10,000 from the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation to support a graduate student to complement existing shark research underway by reserve staff and volunteers.
     
  • Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves Continues "Bayologist" Camp (3/31/15) Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves' five-day "Bayologist" camp teaches children the importance of the bay to plant and animal inhabitants throuh classroom and field activities, and on-the-water experiences.
     
  • DEP's Coral Program Offers Free Classes to Encourage Coral Reef Protection (3/24/15)  In honor of "Earth Month" in April, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Coral Reef Conservation Program will be teaching a variety of free, educational classes at the Biscayne Bay Environmental Center.
     
  • Ohio State University Students Learn About Coastal Issues in Tampa Bay (3/24/15)  Ohio State University students have been working with the aquatic preserves office each spring break for nearly a decade. What started as a one-time alternative spring break service project has become an annual event. Earlier this month, the Buck-I-Serve group, comprised of 11 students and one faculty advisor, worked with students from the University of South Florida and Eckerd College to remove invasive Australian pine trees from Tampa Bay area islands and chip them into mulch for the trail system.
     
  • Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves Celebrates March as Seagrass Awareness Month (3/23/15)  Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves staff joined the Mayor of North Bay Village Connie Leon-Kreps, North Bay Village Commissioners and area residents, to discuss the importance of seagrasses to Miami-Dade County's ecology and economy. Mayor Leon-Kreps read the official proclamation along the aquatic preserves shoreline with several seagrass species exhibited.
     
  • Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves Proclaims March as Seagrass Awareness Month (3/19/15)  Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves along with Mayor of North Bay Village, Connie Leon-Kreps, and the North Bay Village Commissioners are kicking off the 7th Annual Seagrass Awareness Month.
     
  • Upcoming Events at Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve (3/18/15)  The public is invited to participate in these free events.
     
  • Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves Teaches University of Miami Students about Critical Wildlife area (3/10/15)  The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves recently hosted aspiring scientists from the University of Miami. Students worked with staff to gain field experience, which included collecting data on water quality, seagrass and the vast array of wildlife in the Bill Sadowski Critical Wildlife Area at Virginia Key.
     
  • GTM Research Reserve Marineland Offers Lecture: Oysters in Our Own Backyard (3/9/15)  The Guana Tolomato Matanzas (GTM) National Estuarine Research Reserve invites the public to a free lecture, "Oysters in Our Own Back Yard," on Tuesday, March 17 at the Marineland Field Office.
     
  • Join DEP for 15th Annual Florida Oceans Day (3/4/15)  The Florida Department of Environmental Protection joins public and private partners to celebrate Florida Oceans Day at the Capitol on March 12. The annual event features public exhibits to raise awareness about the health of Florida's oceans.
     
  • GTM Research Reserve Offers Shuck and Tell: Oyster Stories of Northeast Florida (3/4/15)  The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve invites the public to join reserve staff at the Lighthouse Boat Ramp on Saturday, March 7 for "Shuck and Tell," a chance to share oyster stories of northeast Florida
     
  • Rookery Bay Reserve Debuts New Seventh Grade Field Trip Program (3/2/15)  Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has launched a new seventh grade field trip program, which welcomed its first class in late February. Called Rookery Bay Survivors, this field trip program engages teachers in a pre-field trip educator workshop. An educator’s guide provides teachers with information and activities to be completed in the classroom before the students attend the field trip. A Rookery Bay Reserve staff member or volunteer docent also visits the class to provide orientation.
     
  • GTM Research Reserve Marineland Offers Lecture, "Conservation Issues Facing Wild Bottlenose Dolphins" (2/11/15)  The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve invites the public to a free lecture, "Conservation Issues Facing Wild Bottlenose Dolphins," on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at the Marineland Field Office.
     
  • GTM Research Reserve Offers Lecture, "More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About ... Right Whales" (2/10/15)  This event will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at the Reserve's Environmental Education Center in Ponte Vedra Beach. "February is the middle of right whale calving season and a great opportunity to learn about this marine mammal," said Michael Shirley, director of the GTM Research Reserve.
     
  • Apalachicola Reserve Offers Florida Snakes Lecture (2/5/15)  The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) will host a lecture on snakes found in the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, Feb. 18. The lecture will be held at the ANERR Nature Center in Eastpoint. This is the second lecture in a series of monthly natural history lectures, known as "Reserve Wednesday."
     
  • Apalachicola Reserve Hosts Rain Barrel Building Workshop (2/4/15)  The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve's Coastal Training Program is hosting a rain barrel workshop on Saturday, Feb. 14, where participants will learn how to construct a rain barrel to harvest rain for future use.
     
  • St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve Hosts Bay Day Celebration (2/2/15)  Experience the natural beauty of the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve at the Bay Day celebration on Saturday, Feb. 7. The day's events include tram tours through the heart of the preserve, shoreline excursions, birding and nature walks, educational talks and a traditional low country boil.
     
  • Apalachicola Research Reserve Completes New Trail on Cape St. George (2/2/15)  The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve has completed a new two-mile loop trail on Cape St. George called the Island Ridge Trail.
     
  • GTM Research Reserve Friends Donates $60,000 for Princess Place Cottages (1/28/15)  The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve is receiving $60,000 from the Friends of the GTM Reserve as part of a local match to federal grant funding to the GTM Research Reserve. This funding will be used to enhance the reserve's education and research programs. In addition to upgrading the Environmental Education Center in Ponte Vedra Beach, these monies will be used to construct three cabins located at Princess Place Preserve. The cabins will be available for visiting researchers and educators, as well as members of the general public.
     
  • Florida Pocket Ranger App Updates Location Positioning Feature (1/27/15)  The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Park Service has updated its Pocket Ranger app for smartphones to include a global-positioning feature that shows the exact proximity of the user to each public-beach access point in Florida, along with information and locations for the 171 state parks and trails.
     
  • GTM Research Reserve Hosts Volunteer Orientation (1/26/15)  The Guana Tolomato Matanzas (GTM) National Estuarine Research Reserve will host two volunteer orientation events at the Environmental Education Center (EEC). The first orientation will be held on Friday, Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. with the second event scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 28 beginning at 10 a.m.
     
  • GTM Research Reserve Hosts State of the Reserve: Science to Management (1/22/15)  The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve will host the State of the Reserve: Science to Management on Friday, Feb. 6 at the Environmental Education Center in Ponte Vedra Beach.
     
  • Rookery Bay Reserve Director Named Citizen of the Year (1/21/15)  Gary Lytton, director for Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, was named "Citizen of the Year" by the East Naples Civic Association at their annual banquet on Jan. 19. The award is given annually to a citizen that has provided a long history of service to the East Naples community.
     
  • College Students Engage in Long-Term Research Projects at Rookery Bay Reserve (1/20/15)  The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Coastal Office provides hands-on learning programs for college students interested in Florida's coastal environment. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has been engaging students in science for more than 35 years. Through a long-term partnership with Hiram College in northeast Ohio, students in an intensive 18-day Marine Ecology course have the opportunity to learn about Florida's coastal environment by studying it firsthand.
     
  • Banded Spoonbill Among Highlights of Naples Christmas Bird Count (1/16/15)  Research staff with Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve recorded a banded roseate spoonbill while conducting the annual Naples Audubon Christmas bird count by boat between Naples and Marco Island on Dec. 26, 2014. The bird was last reported near Tampa Bay on June 21, 2007.
     
  • Apalachicola Reserve Hosts Lecture on Geology of Franklin County's Barrier Islands (1/15/15)  The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve invites the public to attend an evening lecture, "Shifting Sands: How Historical Maps and Air Photos Can Reveal Changes in Franklin County's Barrier Islands," on Thursday, Jan. 22. Geologist Jim Mott will show what he has learned from studying decades of historical maps.
     
  • Prescribed Burns Planned for Rookery Bay Reserve (1/15/15)  Resource management staff at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve have released plans for their first prescribed burns in 2015. Weather permitting, prescribed fires will commence each day around 9 a.m. from Jan. 16 through Jan. 21 in areas west of Tower Road and Barefoot Williams, south of the Treviso Bay area.
     
  • Upcoming Lectures at UNF to Focus on Marshes and Mangroves (1/13/15)  The Guana Tolomato Matanzas (GTM) National Estuarine Research Reserve invites the public to attend the lecture, "Ecosystem Shifts Between Marshes and Mangroves in Northeast Florida: Research and Knowledge Transfer," given by GTM Reserve Assistant Manager Gary Raulerson on Friday, Jan. 23 at the University of North Florida.
     
  • Photo Exhibit at Rookery Bay Reserve Reflects Environmental Mission (1/13/15)  The Friends of Rookery Bay and the United Arts Council of Collier County invite the public to attend the Ninth Annual Juried Photography Exhibition at Rookery Bay Reserve, debuting Jan. 29, 2015. The exhibition highlights works by 21 Florida artists and features a wildlife theme. The exhibit, on display through March 26, was selected by preeminent photographer Clyde Butcher.
     
  • Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve Offers Wading Trips (1/13/15)  The Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve invites the public to participate in an upcoming wading trip through the estuary on Jan. 28 to discover first-hand why estuaries are known as "cradles of the ocean."
     
  • GTM Research Reserve Marineland Offers Lecture: Price Check on Aisle Nature (1/13/15)  The GTM Research Reserve invites the public to a free lecture, "Price Check on Aisle Nature," on Tuesday, Jan. 20 from 10-11 a.m. at the Marineland Field Office.
     
  • Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves Hosts 40th Anniversary Paddle to Protect the Bay (1/12/15)  More than 50 paddlers celebrated Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves 40th anniversary celebration by participating in the "Paddle Out! Biscayne Bay" event, held Saturday. Participants traveled by catamaran and paddlecraft to an island in the northern part of the aquatic preserves in order to celebrate the bay and pledge their own personal eco-action for the stewardship of the aquatic preserves.
     
  • Biscayne Bay Selected by NOAA for Increased Habitat Conservation Investments (1/12/15)  Biscayne Bay was recently selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as one of two sites in the southeast and Caribbean to be considered Habitat Focus Areas -- places where the agency can maximize its habitat conservation investments and management efforts to benefit marine resources and coastal communities.
     
  • Apalachicola Water Quality and Weather Data Now Available in Real Time (1/12/15)  Four new, real-time monitoring platforms have been constructed in Apalachicola Bay to upgrade current data-collection sites operated by the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve.
     
  • Diverse Schedule of Speakers at Southwest Florida Nature Festival (1/12/15)  Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is hosting six lectures about local flora and fauna on Saturday, Jan. 17. In addition to field trips to more than 20 wildlife hotspots in the region, the 11th Annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival provides opportunities for less adventurous nature enthusiasts to learn about wildlife in the comfort of the auditorium at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center.
     
  • DEP Celebrates Ten Years of LIFE Program (1/9/15)  The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Environmental Education and Sustainable Initiatives is hosting the 10th Anniversary of the Learning in Florida's Environment (LIFE) Program along with the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve and Franklin County School District on Jan. 15 at the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve.
     
  • Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves Paddles Out to Promote Environmental Protection (1/2/15)  A celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves will conclude with the "Paddle Out! Biscayne Bay" event, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, leaving from the Pelican Harbor Marina boat ramp and traveling via boat and paddlecrafts to Helker's Island in the northern part of the aquatic preserves.
     
  • Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Tags Migrating Monarch Butterflies (1/2/15)  The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve completes its 14th year of tagging migrating monarch butterflies along the Apalachicola causeway bridge. This year, staff and volunteers captured and tagged 1,213 of the long-distance fliers before releasing them to continue their migration to Mexico.

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