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

Announcements

Weekly Bird Walks

Jan 17th, 2017 | Category: Announcements, Education, MDC News
Weekly Bird Walks

At Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park Every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday January 10 – early April MDC volunteer and bird aficionado Don Chalfant will lead you on a trek through the beautiful Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park to search for and observe a wide variety of avian life including herons, egrets,….

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MDC January Lecture Will Focus On Water

Jan 8th, 2017 | Category: Announcements, Lecture Series, MDC News
MDC January Lecture Will Focus On Water

Ever wonder where your water comes from and where it goes? Did you know that stormwater runoff from driveways and roads often flow directly into our waterways? And would you like to learn how to better conserve water in your home?

Learn more about your water when speakers from the Utilities Commission of the City of New Smyrna Beach, and the City of New Smyrna Beach come together to present the January lecture at the Marine Discovery Center.

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Cuba’s Children Inspire Audubon Chapter

Jan 4th, 2017 | Category: Announcements, Central Florida News, Indian River Lagoon News
Cuba's Children Inspire Audubon Chapter

By Lisa D. Mickey Members of the Halifax River Audubon chapter in Daytona Beach knew they would encounter children from the surrounding areas when they visited Cuba in December 2014. They came prepared with small gifts to share with the local kids and had many friendly exchanges as they moved around the Caribbean nation watching….

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Eagle Scout Project

Dec 16th, 2016 | Category: Announcements, MDC News
Eagle Scout Project

Eagle Scout Project Builds Centerpiece For MDC Butterfly Garden By Lisa D. Mickey The butterfly garden at the Marine Discovery Center just got a new centerpiece, thanks to an Eagle Scout project by a local teen. Deland High School junior John Clayton built a pergola over the walkway through the garden for his community project….

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Full “Perigee” Moon Tours

Nov 9th, 2016 | Category: Announcements, MDC News, Tours

November’s Full Moon is a “Perigee” Moon—when the Moon reaches the point in its orbit that is closest to Earth. This is popularly called a “Supermoon.” In addition, this Perigee Moon (or, Supermoon) will also nearer to Earth than it’s been since January 26, 1948.

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Watch out for migrating manatees!

Nov 8th, 2016 | Category: Announcements, MDC News
Watch out for migrating manatees!

With the onset of the manatee migration, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds people in boats and personal watercraft to slow down to avoid manatees, particularly in shallow areas. Many seasonal manatee protection zones also go into effect as of Nov. 15.

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Sh.O.R.E. Symposium 2016

Aug 31st, 2016 | Category: Announcements, MDC News
Sh.O.R.E. Symposium 2016

Second Annual Sh.O.R.E. Symposium Set For September 23 NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla., Aug. 31, 2016 – The Marine Discovery Center and Daytona State College will again host Sh.O.R.E. – Sharing Our Research with Everyone — an annual symposium designed to address current issues and research relating to the Indian River Lagoon (IRL). The second annual,….

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Marine Discovery Center Names New Board of Directors

Jul 10th, 2016 | Category: Announcements, MDC News

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla., July 7, 2016 – The Marine Discovery Center has named its new board of directors for 2016. Erik Halleus began his term as board chairman in early May. New to the board are Fielding Cooley and Katheryn Meagher. “We want to build a stronger organization and I’m here to help,” said….

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June MDC Monthly Lecture Focuses On Water Quality

Jun 10th, 2016 | Category: Announcements, MDC News
June MDC Monthly Lecture Focuses On Water Quality

Water quality in the Indian River Lagoon. The MDC lecture scheduled for Thursday, June 16, will give the public a chance to hear mini-presentations by five different speakers examining water-quality issues and to ask questions following the presentations. Mallory Brooks, Project H2O Coordinator, will deliver the opening overview discussing, “What the Lagoon Means To You.”….

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Water Quality & Waterborne Illness Abstract

Apr 25th, 2016 | Category: Announcements

Objective: Algal blooms can cause devastating effects on marine animals and flora. In recent years, the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) suffered a devastating brown tide event. Scientists documented large sea grass die-offs, large fish kills and an increase in dolphin deaths. Recent dolphin studies demonstrate that they can be an effective sentinel species and indicate….

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