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

Public Lecture Series

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

SPINELESS SPECIMENS

THURSDAY, JULY 17        6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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Through animal interactions, slides and storytelling, discover the creatures that wash ashore on the beach and marvel in the mud.

From big to small, Spineless Specimens showcases the diversity of invertebrates along our shores. 

Chad Truxall and Joel Wooster will lead this lecture.

No cost, No reservations required

 


 

The West Indian Manatee

2014-06-08 16:08:46 mark-spradley

June 2014 Public Lecture

Thursday, June 19 6-8pm

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Trey Hannah with the Volusia County mammal stranding network will discuss the West
Indian Manatee including some facts concerning last year’s algae outbreak in the lagoon
and how it affected the mortality rate of these large mammals.

West Indian manatees have no natural enemies, and it is believed they can live 60 years or
more. A high number of additional fatalities are from human-related causes. Most
human-related manatee fatalities occur from collisions with watercraft.

No reservations necessary.
For more information call 386-428-4828

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May Public Lecture: Sea Turtles

2014-05-13 12:41:00 traci-gardellis

Sea Turtle Nesting Season

First Loggerhead nest of 2014 season - photo by NSB Turtle Trackers

First Loggerhead nest of 2014 season – photo from NSB Turtle Trackers

The sea turtle nesting season started early this year when a Leatherback laid her eggs on the shoreline at New Smyrna Beach in mid-April…and just this past weekend the first Loggerhead nest in NSB was discovered!

This lecture will give you information on what to look for and how to get involved with the monitoring of these nests.

WHEN: Thursday, May 15th  6-8pm

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

COST: No charge & no reservations required

CONTACT: Mark Spradley – mark@marinediscoverycenter.org or (386) 428-4828

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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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