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Lecture Series

MDC Lecture Focuses on Zooarchaeological Findings at CNS

Mar 1st, 2017 | Category: Lecture Series, MDC News
MDC Lecture Focuses on Zooarchaeological Findings at CNS

University of Florida Senior Biological Scientist Irv Quitmyer of the Florida Museum of Natural History will be the guest speaker for the March monthly lecture at The Marine Discovery Center. Associated with the Florida Museum for 37 years, Quitmyer will present findings in recent zooarchaeological research conducted at Canaveral National Seashore (CNS). The research focuses….

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Horseshoe Crab Workshop

Feb 26th, 2017 | Category: Lecture Series, MDC News
Horseshoe Crab Workshop

MDC Citizen Science presents Horseshoe Crab Workshop Wednesday, March 1, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Want to know more about horseshoe crabs? Want to get involved in horseshoe crab research and conservation? Join us for a horseshoe crab workshop! We’ll teach you what to look for when you see horseshoe crabs in the wild. You’ll also….

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Feb. 2017 Lecture, Winter Birding in Central Florida

Feb 8th, 2017 | Category: Announcements, Education, Lecture Series, MDC News
Feb. 2017 Lecture, Winter Birding in Central Florida

The topic of February’s monthly lecture at the Marine Discovery Center will be “Winter Birding In Central Florida.” Florida residents get to enjoy a variety of migratory species as many birds spend the winter here in an area known as the Atlantic Flyway. Michigan “snowbird” Don Chalfant, who leads weekly winter bird walks at the….

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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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Dec. 15, Manatee Lecture

Dec 3rd, 2016 | Category: Lecture Series, MDC News
Dec. 15, Manatee Lecture

Tripp will discuss manatee migration during the winter months, manatee population and mortality in Florida, and a variety of significant manatee facts. In addition, she will discuss manatee advocacy and policy making, as well as the importance of protecting coastal lands and waters for the species’ survival.

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MDC Lecture, Sea Level Rise

Nov 8th, 2016 | Category: Lecture Series, MDC News
MDC Lecture, Sea Level Rise

Dr. Jason Evans will be the guest speaker for the November lecture at the Marine Discovery Center and will present on the topic: “Can We Keep Our Heads Above Water? Sea Level Rise Planning Across the Southeast United States.”

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MDC October Lecture

Oct 12th, 2016 | Category: Lecture Series, MDC News
MDC October Lecture

This colorful program uses high resolution photography and research results to debunk the folklore, myths, and misconceptions that have plagued bats for centuries. Unfounded fears, often fueled by grossly over-stated disease risk and other misinformation, are major contributors to the dramatic decline in world-wide bat populations.

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MDC Lecture Series, Sept. 2016

Sep 3rd, 2016 | Category: Lecture Series, MDC News

Making Science A Community Effort Dr. Debra Woodall, director of the Institute of Marine and Environmental Studies (IMES) at Daytona State College, will be the guest speaker for MDC’s September Lecture. Woodall will present on the topic, “Making Science A Community Effort” and will discuss the focus of Daytona State’s IMES program, as well as….

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July Lecture, Living Shorelines

Jul 2nd, 2016 | Category: Lecture Series, MDC News
July Lecture, Living Shorelines

MDC July Lecture Focuses On Living Shorelines The Marine Discovery Center’s July lecture will focus on living shorelines. Students and faculty at Bethune-Cookman University will present information about “The Living Shorelines Project,” a locally based research and educational study. The presentation will be held on Thursday, July 21, from 6-8 p.m., at the Marine Discovery….

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April Lecture 2016

Apr 18th, 2016 | Category: Lecture Series
April Lecture 2016

MARINE CONSERVATION IN CUBA when: Thursday, April 21 6 – 8 p.m.cost: FREEwhere: Marine Discovery Center, 520 Barracuda Blvd. New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169 Two of our MDC members, Richard & Dolores O’Toole, recently returnedfrom an 11 day land & dive trip to Cuba. They were part of a small select group invited by Oceans….

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