September Volunteer Spotlight: Fielding Cooley

September Volunteer Spotlight: Fielding Cooley

Fielding Cooley has worn many hats over the years along the way of his extremely diverse career path – including helping develop early protocols for organic farming in California, operating an Oregon sheep ranch, writing grants for childcare centers, setting up...
August Volunteer Spotlight: Verania Sosa

August Volunteer Spotlight: Verania Sosa

Verania Sosa is a senior at Stetson University. She began her internship for academic credit at the Marine Discovery Center in May as an assistant aquarist/educator. She helps maintain and enhance aquaria and exhibits, while also assisting in MDC’s marine science...
Crab Trap BRDs Help Prevent Diamondback Terrapin Deaths

Crab Trap BRDs Help Prevent Diamondback Terrapin Deaths

By Lisa D. Mickey Whether you have crab traps for personal, recreational or commercial use, the state of Florida wants you to add a small device to your traps to help protect diamondback terrapins. The devices are called Bycatch Reduction Devices (BRDs) and can be...
July Volunteer Spotlight: Katy Dolan

July Volunteer Spotlight: Katy Dolan

Katy Dolan has volunteered at the Marine Discovery Center’s Welcome Center desk since 2013. A native of Hungary, Katy enjoys meeting guests at the center from around the world and from throughout the United States. She can speak or understand five languages and as an...
New Smyrna MEC Records Salt-Marsh Milestone

New Smyrna MEC Records Salt-Marsh Milestone

by Lisa D. Mickey Earlier this year, the restored salt marsh at the Marine Discovery Center (MDC) in New Smyrna Beach recorded an important milestone. The on-site Mosquito Lagoon Marine Enhancement Center (MEC), a partnership between the Florida Fish and Wildlife...
June Volunteer Spotlight: Susan Engelman

June Volunteer Spotlight: Susan Engelman

Native New Englander Susan Engelman first rolled up her sleeves to volunteer at the Marine Discovery Center in 2017 after retiring and relocating to Florida. She went from treating cancer patients as a radiation therapist in the Boston area to building oyster bags,...