Sea Turtles Abundant During 2017 Nesting Season

Sea Turtles Abundant During 2017 Nesting Season

By Lisa D. Mickey Turtle-tracking volunteers and Canaveral National Seashore staff were busy during the 2017 nesting season with record-setting numbers of turtles finding the beaches of Volusia County. Volusia County’s beaches experienced its second-highest nesting...
Save Your Applause For The Scientists

Save Your Applause For The Scientists

By Lisa D. Mickey I admit it. I’m as guilty as anyone else when it comes to admiring top sports teams and appreciating the skills of world-ranked athletes. I love seeing them work together as a team to win championships or close games. And I enjoy watching individual...
When MDC Naturalists Offer Helping Hands To Lagoon Species

When MDC Naturalists Offer Helping Hands To Lagoon Species

When MDC Naturalists Offer Helping Hands To Lagoon Species by Lisa D. Mickey As naturalists at the Marine Discovery Center, it’s common to encounter wildlife on our eco-tours. Guests love it and we do, too! But sometimes we encounter wildlife in need during our tours...
NSB High School Excavation Materials Become New Reefs

NSB High School Excavation Materials Become New Reefs

by Lisa D. Mickey When the Marine Discovery Center cleared the site previously occupied by New Smyrna Beach High School in the summer of 2014, a unique kind of “harvest” took place as the five-acre salt marsh was restored. All of the concrete and structural debris...
Osprey Nesting Platform At MDC

Osprey Nesting Platform At MDC

osprey nesting platform by Lisa D. Mickey Tom Draus and Susan Fetter experienced the usual dilemma of students enrolled in Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) classes: What would be their required project? Both were enrolled in the FMNP Coastal Naturalist class...