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Indian River Lagoon News

MDC April Lecture Focuses On Community Sustainability

Mar 31st, 2017 | Category: Announcements, Indian River Lagoon News, Lecture Series, MDC News
MDC April Lecture Focuses On Community Sustainability

“It’s Not Easy Being Green — Or Is It?” is the topic of the April monthly lecture at The Marine Discovery Center. The April lecture will focus on efforts to become a more sustainable community with specific emphasis on single-use plastics and solutions to reduce their impact. Katrina Locke of Green Volusia and Marine Discovery….

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MDC Launches Protect Our Lagoon Academy in February

Jan 5th, 2017 | Category: Central Florida News, Education, Indian River Lagoon News, MDC News
MDC Launches Protect Our Lagoon Academy in February

The program is an offshoot of MDC’s Project H2O, designed to promote healthy habitat through outreach, and will focus on various concerns faced by the Indian River Lagoon, ranging from wildlife and habitats to legislation and advocacy.

Academy organizers hope the program will help produce citizen-ambassadors for the lagoon who can advocate on behalf of the estuary’s health with government officials, organizations and local residents.

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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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Shuck & Share Recycles Oysters from the Port Canaveral Seafood Fest

Mar 1st, 2016 | Category: Blogs, Indian River Lagoon News, Oyster Restoration News, Seeking Volunteers, Shoreline Restoration News
Shuck & Share Recycles Oysters from the Port Canaveral Seafood Fest

                                  This past weekend, Marine Discovery Center staff and volunteers partnered with Rusty’s Seafood and Oyster Bar at the Port Canaveral Seafood and Music Fest to recycle oyster shell and bring information about shoreline restoration to festival patrons.  The festival….

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Shuck and Share volunteers do it AGAIN!

Jan 9th, 2016 | Category: Blogs, Indian River Lagoon News, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Seeking Volunteers, Shoreline Restoration News
Shuck and Share volunteers do it AGAIN!

  Despite a gloomy and very foggy Saturday morning, volunteers gathered in the back oyster lot to spend their morning making oyster bags for Brevard Zoo out of oyster shells recycled from local restaurants.  New and old volunteers gathered to shovel, lift, and dump oyster shells into 1 meter long mesh bags that will be….

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Shuck and Share volunteers break an MDC bagging record

Jan 5th, 2016 | Category: Indian River Lagoon News, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Seeking Volunteers, Shoreline Restoration News
Shuck and Share volunteers break an MDC bagging record

Last month, new and seasoned Marine Discovery Center volunteers gathered to create oyster bags that will be used in shoreline restoration around the state with Brevard Zoo, Univeristy of Central Florida, and St. John’s Water Management District.       the volunteers, made up of MDC restoration volunteers, as well as students and families looking….

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National Oyster Day!

Aug 5th, 2015 | Category: Blogs, Indian River Lagoon News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News
National Oyster Day!

Happy National Oyster Day everybody! We are very excited to be celebrating National Oyster Day here at the Marine Discovery Center, but let’s be honest…. every day is Oyster Day around here! The Shuck and Share program has been very busy this summer recycling oyster shells, creating restoration materials, and deploying oyster mats and oyster….

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Tagging horseshoe crabs in the IRL

May 4th, 2015 | Category: Blogs, Indian River Lagoon News, MDC News, Shoreline Restoration News
Tagging horseshoe crabs in the IRL

Since mid-March, volunteers and staff from the Marine Discovery Center have been patrolling the shorelines of the northern Indian River Lagoon in search of nesting horseshoe crabs. We have canvassed several sites in Volusia County to glean more about these living fossils and how they utilize the area.  Surveys are scheduled around full and new moons,….

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Oyster Mat Madness!

Mar 10th, 2015 | Category: Blogs, Indian River Lagoon News, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Seeking Volunteers, Shoreline Restoration News
Oyster Mat Madness!

Last week our oyster restoration team visited University High School to work with students from freshman to junior years. The classes made an average of 15 mats in one hour for a total of 64 mats by the end of the morning. The students learned about MDC’s restoration efforts in the Indian River Lagoon, the….

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Oyster Bagging Record Broken…. AGAIN!

Feb 24th, 2015 | Category: Indian River Lagoon News, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Seeking Volunteers, Shoreline Restoration News
Oyster Bagging Record Broken.... AGAIN!

This past Saturday morning at 9am eleven MDC volunteers joined staff and volunteers from Brevard Zoo to bag up piles of oyster shells collected from over a dozen local seafood restaurants. The volunteers moved over 15,000 pounds of shells in a three hour period and created 530 oyster bags, 400 of which will be used….

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