"To protect and restore the Florida Coastal and Indian River Lagoon Ecosystems
through education, research and community stewardship."

Public Lecture Series

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The Marine Discovery Center Lecture Series provides a forum for the community to learn about the Indian River Lagoon from qualified staff and guest speakers.

Presentations will be at 6pm and last about 1 hour with time afterwards for questions and answers.

WHEN: Lectures will be on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Check our Calendar for exact time and dates.

WHERE: Marine Discovery Center, 520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach, FL

ADMISSION: No charge – No reservations

For more information contact Mark Spradley – mark@marinediscoverycenter.org, or call: 386-428-4828

Winter Bird Walks at Indian River Preserve

2014-04-05 10:46:31 mark-spradley

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This Power Point presentation examines the birds and other fauna and flora encountered in the six years of winter bird walks at Indian River Lagoon Preserve.  In the six years of weekly walks, 119 bird species have been encountered, demonstrating the value of  this Preserve as a critical site for birds and birding.

WHEN: Thursday, April 17, 6-8pm

WHERE: Marine Discovery Center, 520 Barracuda Blvd, New Smyrna Beach

COST: No charge, No reservations required

CONTACT: mark@marinediscoverycenter.org, 386-428-4828


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March, 2014 Lecture Series

2014-03-07 16:47:29 loisreed

OCEAN FRIENDLY GARDENS

DSC_2888The Ocean Friendly Gardens Program was developed by the Surfrider Foundation to minimize the impacts of runoff and non-point source pollution on our nation’s waters. Its aims are to decrease such pollution through water wise and water capture gardening techniques to conserve, retain onsite and filter water.

Ryan Mahler, Chair of the Executive Committee of the local Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will be the speaker.

The Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation was founded in 2008 and spans the entire coastline of Volusia and Flagler counties in Florida. Its mission is the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.


WHERE: Marine Discovery Center, 520 Barracuda Blvd, New Smyrna Beach, Fl. 32169

WHEN: Thursday, March 20 6 – 8:00 p.m.

COST: No charge, No reservations required

CONTACT: mark@marinediscoverycenter.org or call 386-428-4828

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February 2014, Lecture Series

2014-02-04 15:24:56 loisreed
Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins  in the IRL, picture by guest Mike V.

Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins in the IRL, picture by guest Mike V.

MARINE MAMMAL STRANDINGS

Our marine friends in trouble.

WHO: Megan Stolen – Hubbs-Seaworld Research Institute
2013 has been an extremely busy year for the marine mammal stranding team.
To date they have responded 103 stranding’s including 7 live animals and

96 dead animals. 22 of these have been in Volusia County.

WHEN & WHERE: Thursday, Feb. 20,  2014
6-8 p.m. at the Marine Discovery Center.

No cost, no reservations required.

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Special Public Lecture

2014-01-20 12:35:47 loisreed

The Natural History of Horseshoe Crabs and their Environmental Significance

Thursday, January 23, 2014
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
at MDC

Horseshoe CrabsStephanie Kronstadt, a M.S. candidate and undergraduate from the Florida Institute of Technology is currently working on her thesis which focuses on the American Horseshoe Crab, Limulus polythemus.

With the current state of the Indian River Lagoon, Kronstadt hopes this information will help future management and conservation by explaining the interaction of the environment with the physiology of the horseshoe crab.

This is one of the 3 topics in the series that will be presented at the MDC.

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January Public Lecture Series

2014-01-07 13:45:40 loisreed

Birds of the Atlantic Beach, Don Picard

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Shoreline birds have variations in plumage color. Gulls and other birds we see during the winter months are totally different from the colors we may observe during breeding season. For example, why don’t black-bellied plovers have black bellies and why don’t spotted sandpipers have spots?

Learn more about our coastal birds at this month’s free lecture series.
When: Thursday, January 16 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: Marine Discovery Center
No charge. No reservations required.

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