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Volunteering at Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves Aquatic Preserves
  • Fishing Line Cleanup
    Fishing line entanglement and ingestion is a serious threat to the survival of wading birds. Staff and volunteers clean nesting islands and potential nesting islands twice a year; once before the nesting season begins in early February and again after the nesting season ends in late October. 
  • Waterbird Monitoring
    Surveying and documenting trends in wading bird populations will help document the preservation of biodiversity in the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves. Volunteers play a vital role in the monitoring and protection program because the program is able to cover larger areas and monitor more islands.

  • Charlotte Harbor Estuaries Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Network
    This is a coordinated system of more than 100 volunteers who regularly conduct water quality monitoring throughout the six local Aquatic Preserves in southwest Florida. The Monitoring Network ranges from Lemon Bay, Gasparilla Sound, Charlotte Harbor, Pine Island Sound, Matlacha Pass, San Carlos Bay and Estero Bay estuaries.
Oyster bagging collage
  • Trabue Harborwalk Oyster Reef Habitat Creation Project
    Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves, Florida DEP and The Nature Conservancy are launching a pilot project to create oyster reef habitat adjacent to Punta Gorda. Volunteers are invited to help out with the oyster bag creation.

Last updated: June 26, 2014

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