On average, over 2 million acres of land is treated with prescribed fire every year in Florida. The Florida Forest Service issues an average of 120,000 authorizations for prescribed burns each year to individuals and agencies. In fact, our state has one of the most active prescribed burn programs in the country. To learn more about prescribed fires in Florida, check out the Florida Forest Service's website.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
|Illustration by Jean Bitting, 2012|
Do you feel like your inner nature nut and techie geeks are at odds with each other? Are you looking for a fresh new way to explore nature? Are you a technophobe looking for a way to start plugging in? Perhaps you wish you had a way to inspire today’s technologically bound youth to re-connect with the natural world surrounding them? Whatever your current relationship with the ever-changing world of technology might be, the Nature Nut’s Tech Corner is the perfect resource to help you get your geek on with nature! Visit us on the last Friday of each month, right here, as we spotlight a new field tested application.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The blood of horseshoe crabs is used to ensure that pharmaceutical and medical devices like intravenous drugs and vaccines are free of bacterial contamination. Luckily, scientist can remove some of the horseshoe crab's blood and then return the animal back to the water. The crab's blood levels rebound in about a week. To learn more, check out the Ecological Research and Development Group's website.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Super Reef Build Event
Have you ever wanted to be a part of something big? Join us on Saturday February 23rd as we add onto our beautiful reef with 444 new reef bags. Every 'Shell'ebrity needs an entourage, so bring your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors! Novices welcome and seasoned volunteers are all encouraged to join this great community effort! It may be red carpet season, but our event will take place in the mud, so be sure to wear shoes and clothing you don’t mind getting dirty.
Details at a Glance:
When: Saturday February 23rd promptly @ Noon
Where: Meet at the GTM Research Reserve Education Center
Wear: Clothes that can be soiled, rain boots if you have some
RSVP: Contact Lauren Flynn with the GTM Research Reserve
Additional Community Oyster Shell & Living Reef Restoration Project Updates
Pictures of Progress!
|Copyright Walter E. Lara 2012|
Walter E. Lara, Registered Biological Photographer, has been specializing in Quality Scientific Photography Since 1990. We are thrilled to have him chronicling our project’s progress through his skilled lens. View all of the amazing photographs in his Oyster Shell Recycling and Living Reef Restoration Album.
That’s a lot to ‘Shell’ebrate!
GTM Research Reserve Oyster Volunteers collected a whopping ~50,000 pounds of oyster shell from local participating restaurants and oyster roast events as of November 2012. Volunteers and staff also are proud to have met the half-way point of the project, building 12 reef sections with 2,160 bags of recycled oyster shell. The following graph illustrates the oyster shell reclamation numbers from the Oyster Shell Recycling Project from its inception in March 2012 through November 2012:
A Huge Thank You to Our Restaurant Partners
Without the contribution and effort from our restaurant partners, this project and restoration would not be possible. Thank you Matanzas Innlet Restaurant, Hurricane Patty’s (St. Augustine), Aunt Kate’s, Cap’s on the Water, and our newest partner South Beach Grill! We encourage you to visit them and help support our project while enjoying a tasty plate of oysters.
Links for Even More Information and Oyster project Blog Articles
Posted by GTM NERR Volunteer at 7:19 PM