Volunteers Continue Planting In Restored Salt MarshSep 25th, 2014 | Category: Blogs, Indian River Lagoon News, MDC News
Volunteers were greeted early by some special visitors to the restored salt marsh at The Mosquito Lagoon Marine Enhancement Center on Saturday, Sept. 20. Eight reddish egrets, along with an assortment of snowy egrets, great egrets, a great blue heron, ibis and various wading water fowl plied the waters of the newly restored marsh in the early morning, searching for breakfast before humans arrived at the site.
Nearly 30 volunteers returned to help plant native marsh plants at the Marine Discovery Center’s salt-marsh restoration project. Volunteers, along with staff from MDC, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and St. Johns River Water Management District, spent nearly five hours planting such native plant varieties as Indian blanket flower, dune sunflower, sea purslane and spartina. Corporate volunteers from Costa Del Mar of Daytona Beach and Kohl’s department store in Port Orange also pitched in, along with volunteers from the Surfrider Foundation Volusia/Flagler chapter.
The plantings have taken place at the restored marsh since early August and will continue until the official opening of the site in late September/early October. The 5.2-acre marsh is already attracting fish and waterfowl and will soon feature an educational shoreline restoration area, kayak launch, amphitheater and an observation mound designed to allow nature lovers a view from 20-plus feet above the Indian River Lagoon.
-Lisa D. Mickey