|August 5, 2015
We are offering our second Lagoon Lifesavers Training Program August 28 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Environmental Learning Center in Vero Beach. We will be educating volunteers on what each individual can do to help protect and restore the Lagoon so that you, the volunteer, are comfortable talking to friends, neighbors, civic groups and clubs, schools and Homeowner Associations. We will provide power point presentations for you to use. Space is limited so be sure to reserve your space today by contacting Volunteer@mrcirl.org
Ready to showcase your high-tech solutions to restore the Indian River Lagoon? Want to learn about cutting-edge technical solutions? Participate in the IRLRI TechCon symposium taking place on FIT campus this National Estuaries Day (September 24 & 25, 2015).
More information at http://research.fit.edu/irlri/techcon/
Business owners! Join MRC's new Green Business Program! Complete the green business practices on the business checklist
to get certified, save money, and help restore the Lagoon. Sign up today!
Habitat Restoration & Water Quality
Attention: Mangrove potting Saturday, August 8 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm has been canceled.
We are looking for gardening tool donations for our upcoming planting project with the Resident Assistants (RAs) of Florida Tech this Saturday, August 8, 2015 where 60 Florida Tech students/RAs will help plant mangroves at Sebastian Inlet State Park.
Opportunities for Scouts:
Does your troop want to help create educational trails and remove invasive species in Hobe Sound, Florida? For more info or to get your troop involved contact Nick
If you need Brazilian pepper trees removed or would like to have native mangroves planted on your property contact Nick Sanzone
. For 50% off your first site visit mention this posting in our E~Newsletter.
Attention All Water Quality Monitors!
Please contact Nick Sanzone
ASAP for important updates!
Right Whale Conservation Program
New England Aquarium researchers relayed the sad news that 2 right whales were found dead in the Gulf of St. Lawrence the second week of July. One was discovered by a plane on July 9th, and it will likely never be identified. The other was found by a sailboat on July 13th and had been identified as #3923, a 6-year old female last seen alive on Dec. 27, 2014. No necropsies were possible because their distance offshore. The carcasses were only 54 nautical miles apart from each other. Unfortunately, just a few weeks earlier, a 3rd right whale, Piper, was also found dead in the same area. Prior to Piper's death, only one other right whale was found dead in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in the previous 35 years. This a stark reminder that due diligence while on the water is critical when sharing our ocean environment with its inhabitants.
On July 18th a team of researchers discovered an entangled right whale off Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Although they were searching for a tagged, entangled humpback, they chose to stop and help the right whale, later identified as White Cloud (#3160). After several attempts by the team to cut the weighted gear and buoys from the tail, it was freed and quickly swam away. Much thanks for the co0peration of the DFO (Department of Fisheries and Oceans-Canada), Tangly Whales (whale release and stranding group), and MARS (Marine Animal Response Society) for a job well done! It's not often a right whale is discovered entangled and freed all in the same day!
Did you know?
Have you seen the movie Finding Nemo
? Remember the scene when Marlin and Dory are shot out of the humpback whale's blowhole? That is physically impossible for a whale to do. A whale's mouth is not connected to its blowhole!
Find more information about MRC's Right Whale Conservation Program here
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Take the Be Floridian Pledge today!
Learn to Floridify your yard and help save our lagoon one yard at a time.Visit www.BeFloridianNow.org
for more information.