"To protect and restore the Florida coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems
through education, research and community stewardship."

AAE Volunteer

Seagrass beds showing signs of recovery

May 27th, 2014 | Category: AAE Volunteer, MDC News
Seagrass beds showing signs of recovery

Marine Discovery Center staff and volunteers recently completed another round of seagrass surveys in the northern part of the Indian River Lagoon. The surveys are in support of St. Johns River Water Management District’s efforts to map and monitor seagrass beds through the entire 156-mile long lagoon. MDC has been surveying 5 sites (of a total 100….

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Lucky Horseshoes

Mar 26th, 2014 | Category: AAE Volunteer, Blogs
Lucky Horseshoes

It’s that time of year again when the horseshoe crabs are pairing up and laying eggs along the shorelines in the IRL. The Marine Discovery Center will be conducting horseshoe crab surveys for the 3rd consecutive year in an effort to find out more about the local populations. We have 8 survey dates scheduled for….

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Seagrass Surveys

Feb 11th, 2014 | Category: AAE Volunteer, Blogs, Shoreline Restoration News
Seagrass Surveys

We completed another successful round of seagrass surveys over the last two weeks. With a team of VERY HARDY volunteers, we documented the abundance and density of both macroalgae and seagrass as part of an ongoing project by the St. Johns River Management District (SJRWMD). Their efforts to regularly map the seagrass beds throughout the….

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Surveys at Menard-May Park

Jan 27th, 2014 | Category: AAE Volunteer, Student Scientists

As part of the Adopt-An-Estuary program, students from Roseborough Montessori School have been conducting water quality tests at one of 23 sites in the area. The class comes once a month to look at aspects of the lagoon such as salinity, temperature, nutrient levels, and water clarity. The students also document the current environmental conditions and….

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AAE Database

Oct 2nd, 2013 | Category: AAE Volunteer
AAE Database

Our water-quality testing volunteers have been hard at work! Now that we have a few months of data compiled, we are making our database available to the public. AAE Raw Data The purpose of making this data available are: 1) EDUCATION –  Teachers can utilize the data set in their classrooms to ex plore relationships….

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September Seagrass Surveys

Oct 2nd, 2013 | Category: AAE Volunteer, MDC News
September Seagrass Surveys

    Adopt-An-Estuary volunteers have completed the fall seagrass surveys at our 5 sites in the northern Indian River Lagoon! The sites are part of a network of 100 sites throughout the IRL that have been monitored by St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) since the mid-1990s. The survey results allow SJRWMD to regularly….

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NSBHS Students Trained to Monitor Estuaries

Oct 2nd, 2013 | Category: AAE Volunteer, Student Scientists
NSBHS Students Trained to Monitor Estuaries

Students in the Aquaculture III class at New Smyrna Beach High School have been coming to the Marine Discovery Center twice a week to learn about the local environment and develop class projects. Seventeen students and their teacher participated in an Adopt-An-Estuary training workshop in early September. Working in small groups, the students learned how….

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Adopt-An-Estuary monitoring map

Jul 23rd, 2013 | Category: AAE Volunteer, MDC News
Adopt-An-Estuary monitoring map

Our enthusiastic Adopt-An-Estuary volunteers are monitoring the environment at sites from Edgewater to Ormond Beach. At each site, volunteers look for common animal and plant species, record weather conditions, and conduct water testing.  Volunteers are also on the lookout for invasive species along the shoreline or in the water. By documenting parameters such as salinity, dissolved….

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SEAGRASS SURVEYS

Jun 23rd, 2013 | Category: AAE Volunteer, MDC News
SEAGRASS SURVEYS

Seagrass is a vital part of the Indian River Lagoon ecosystem. It provides shelter for small invertebrates and young fish, and is food for many marine creatures including manatees. The root systems of seagrass serve to stabilize the sand and mud on the estuary floor. The abundance and growth of seagrass in the lagoon serve….

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HORSESHOE CRAB SURVEYS:

Jun 23rd, 2013 | Category: AAE Volunteer, MDC News
HORSESHOE CRAB SURVEYS:

What has 9 eyes, blue blood, 6 pairs of appendages, a hard shell, and has existed for over 400 million years? A horseshoe crab! Horseshoe crabs are an important food source for migratory birds, their unique blood and eyes are used in biomedical research, and their shells provide a home for many small marine organisms…..

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