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Shoreline Restoration News

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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Transplanted Grasses Thrive

Jan 20th, 2016 | Category: Blogs, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News
Transplanted Grasses Thrive

This past September, for the first time ever, the Marine Discovery Center was able to transplant Spartina alterniflora marsh grass from our new on-site nursery to a neighboring restoration site. Yesterday, we received photos of the transplanted grasses, and were amazed at how well they are already spreading and filling in the site. Volunteers helped….

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Blossoming Restoration Efforts

Jan 12th, 2016 | Category: Blogs, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News
Blossoming Restoration Efforts

During a time of fresh starts and new beginnings, the Marine Discovery Center is sharing a gift with our neighbors that will literally blossom into something beautiful. Volunteers are harvesting seeds from drought-tolerant flowering plants from our property that will be planted as part of Living Shorelines and habitat enhancement projects throughout east Central Florida.  In the summer of 2014,….

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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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Shellebrate the New Year!

Dec 28th, 2015 | Category: Blogs, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News
Shellebrate the New Year!

We are excited to report that we have our own New Years babies here at the Marine Discovery Center: oyster babies! During a recent program in our restored salt marsh, we noticed some growth on the oyster bags that we placed in October 2014. The new growth turned out to be young oysters that have settled onto the….

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One Fish, Two Fish…

Dec 24th, 2015 | Category: Blogs, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News
One Fish, Two Fish...

Last week, volunteers and staff at the Marine Discovery Center worked with researchers from the University of Central Florida to measure biodiversity in the restored salt marsh on our site. In total, the teams looked at 30 transects in both ‘restored’ and ‘undisturbed’ areas on the property to compare the number of plants and animals that utilize each shoreline…..

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Checking on Chicken Island

Nov 15th, 2015 | Category: Blogs, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News
Checking on Chicken Island

    Six years ago, Marine Discovery Center volunteers teamed up with Volusia County Environmental Management and the Nature Conservancy to conduct a pilot project  on Chicken Island. This unique little island in the middle of the Intracoastal Waterway in New Smyrna Beach, received a series of restoration methods to test their efficacy. The materials deployed at Chicken Island included….

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Volunteers work together to bag oysters on a hot Saturday morning

Nov 7th, 2015 | Category: Oyster Restoration News, Seeking Volunteers, Shoreline Restoration News
Volunteers work together to bag oysters on a hot Saturday morning

“In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.” (Baba Dioum, 1968.) This morning 12 volunteers, many of them new to Marine Discovery Center, met in the back oyster lot to bag oyster shells in the surprisingly hot November….

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Marsh Celebrates First Year and First Harvest

Sep 14th, 2015 | Category: Blogs, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News
Marsh Celebrates First Year and First Harvest

Exactly 1 year after planting tiny plugs of Spartina alterniflora to start a nursery at the Marine Discovery Center, volunteers gathered this weekend to harvest our very first batch of plants! The Spartina alterniflora, or smooth cordgrass, nursery stretches over several acres of the property and provides an important salt-marsh habitat to dozens of species. Every day, visitors can see wading birds,….

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