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Coastal Corner

When MDC Naturalists Offer Helping Hands To Lagoon Species

Sep 10th, 2015 | Category: Announcements, Coastal Corner
When MDC Naturalists Offer Helping Hands To Lagoon Species

by Lisa D. Mickey As naturalists at the Marine Discovery Center, it’s common to encounter wildlife on our eco-tours. Guests love it and we do, too! But sometimes we encounter wildlife in need during our tours as we paddle in kayaks or cruise past mangrove trees on the Discovery boat. We often see dolphins and….

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NSB High School Excavation Materials Become New Reefs

Aug 25th, 2015 | Category: Announcements, Coastal Corner
NSB High School Excavation Materials Become New Reefs

By Lisa D. Mickey When the Marine Discovery Center cleared the site previously occupied by New Smyrna Beach High School in the summer of 2014, a unique kind of “harvest” took place as the five-acre salt marsh was restored. All of the concrete and structural debris from the high school demolition was removed and salvaged….

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Lionfish Now Appearing On Plates Near You

Apr 24th, 2015 | Category: Coastal Corner, MDC News
Lionfish Now Appearing On Plates Near You

By Lisa D. Mickey For the last few years, I’ve spent time talking about invasive lionfish on my eco-tours at the Marine Discovery Center. I’ve explained how these highly recognizable and ornate natives of Indo-Pacific waters have overtaken our coastlines from South and Central America to the Caribbean and as far north in the Atlantic….

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Osprey Nesting Platform At MDC

Apr 20th, 2015 | Category: Announcements, Coastal Corner, Education, MDC News
Osprey Nesting Platform At MDC

Coastal Naturalist Students Build Osprey Nesting Platform At MDC by Lisa D. Mickey Tom Draus and Susan Fetter experienced the usual dilemma of students enrolled in Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) classes: What would be their required project? Both were enrolled in the FMNP Coastal Naturalist class at the Marine Discovery Center (MDC) in New….

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Halifax Oyster Festival Contributes Load of Shells

Apr 28th, 2014 | Category: Blogs, Coastal Corner, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News
Halifax Oyster Festival Contributes Load of Shells

Last weekend’s 5th annual Halifax Oyster & Music Festival in Daytona Beach truly was a weekend of saluting the oyster. The end result for all of those shucked, steamed, roasted and fried oysters was a sizable contribution to the Marine Discovery Center’s “Shuck and Share” Oyster Recycling Project. With the help of program sponsor Waste….

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Sea Turtle Release

Oct 2nd, 2013 | Category: Announcements, Coastal Corner, MDC News
Sea Turtle Release

The New Smyrna sea turtle volunteers released green sea turtle hatchlings Tuesday night (10/1) at 7:15 PM at Esther Street Park. They were the ones at the bottom of a hatched nest that needed a little more time to mature. Note the albino among these hatchlings and the cheering squad as these babies began their….

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MDC Launches Oyster-Recycling Project In October

Sep 3rd, 2013 | Category: Announcements, Coastal Corner
MDC Launches Oyster-Recycling Project In October

The Marine Discovery Center plans to resume restoration efforts of oyster habitats on the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) this fall. Using proceeds generated by the 2013 Halifax Oyster Festival, as well as grant monies awarded by the St. John’s River Water Management District and the National Estuary Program, MDC will begin overseeing a new oyster-recycling….

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Dolphin saving practices

Jun 2nd, 2013 | Category: Announcements, Coastal Corner

The Ocean River Institute has launched a campaign to help educate the public about dolphin-saving practices for cleaner water in marine environments. The Institute has noted that as nitrogen levels rise in marine environments, such as the Indian River Lagoon, dolphin deaths follow. Nitrogen originates from land-use sources, such as fertilization and waste water run-off…..

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Marine Discovery Center Celebrates It’s New Facility

Jun 2nd, 2013 | Category: Coastal Corner
Marine Discovery Center Celebrates It's New Facility

Marine Discovery Center Celebrates It’s New Facility By Lisa D. Mickey We have launched a new column on marinediscoverycenter.org this week that is designed to answer questions about the coastal environment by our residents and guests. This column, called “Coastal Corner,” will also address numerous issues affecting our coastal community. Q: In a nutshell, what is….

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