Our local estuary, the Indian River Lagoon (IRL), is one of North America’s most diverse estuaries and has been designated as an Estuary of National Significance. The IRL is home to more than 4,000 species of plants and animals, including 35 listed as threatened or endangered. As stewards of the coastal environment, we collaborate with researchers and concerned citizens to identify situations that may require research or restoration, and take action where needed. When faced with disturbances, either human or natural, ecosystems may recover or they may become degraded, even destroyed. Marine Discovery Center’s staff and volunteers actively participate in several research or restoration projects, such as water quality monitoring, seagrass surveys, bird censuses and rescue, restoration of oyster reefs and mangroves, eradication of invasive species, and coastal clean-up efforts. We have partnered with research organizations, universities, government agencies, and concerned citizens. We look forward to continuing this work and also expanding it. If you would like to learn more about Marine Discovery’s role in research or restoration, or if you have a project that aligns with our Mission, please contact the Marine Discovery Center Office at 386-428-4828.