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MRC's Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series October 7th - "Energy Efficiency and Solar Energy: Priorities, Considerations, and Resources."
Ms. Sherri Shields is the communications director at Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), and she has worked at the energy research center since 1996. Her team helps promote the research, education, testing, and certification conducted at the center on topics including: solar thermal, photovoltaics, energy efficient buildings, alternative fuels and electric vehicles. Learn more about UCF's FSEC at www.fsec.ucf.edu.

The Marine Resources Council’s Brown Bag Lunch speaker series is held at noon on the 1st Tuesday of every month at the Ted Moorhead Lagoon House, 3275 Dixie Highway NE, Palm Bay.  This year’s Brown Bag presentations will focus on things we can do every day to help save the Indian River Lagoon.  

MRC has been organizing Brown Bag Lunch presentations in the community since 1991 thanks to community members like you.  Visit www.MRCirl.org for more information on MRC's programs and events. 


Sale to Benefit MRC November 15th- Save your stuff to repurpose for a good cause!


Do you have furniture, tools, knickknacks, chotskies, books, clothes you no longer need? Save it and donate it to MRC.  We will put it in our repurposing sale and find a new recycled home for it, and help the lagoon in the process. If you have items you would like to donate please contact Beth at 321-725-7775

MRC Membership meeting on October 18th

Attend MRC’s Annual Membership Meeting on October 18, 2014 from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Ted Moorhead Lagoon House, 3275 Dixie Hwy N.E., Palm Bay to congratulate the award winners, enjoy light refreshments, listen to a special guest speaker, receive a summary of MRC accomplishments by Executive Director Dr. Leesa Souto, and meet MRC’s 2014 Board of Directors. 

Volunteers needed for Native Planting on 528 



The Marine Resources Council is recruiting volunteers for Habitat Restoration on the 528 Causeway in Canaveral. We will be planting; mangroves, shoreline grasses and other native vegetation to stabilize shoreline and increase water quality in the lagoon, every plant helps create habitat and filter water. The planting Days are scheduled for September 26th 27th 28th and 29th. The planting days will begin at 9:00am and continue until 5:00pm. We will meet at the Cape Canaveral observation tower at 9:00am and be transported over to the work site on the 528 Causeway. Volunteers with high occupancy vehicles are needed to assist in transporting volunteers to the site. We will provide water, gloves and tools. Please wear clothes that can get dirty and bring a lunch, sunscreen, a hat and your own tools if you prefer. If you or anyone you know is interested in being part of this event and for any questions about the event please contact, Nicholas F Sanzone at the Marine Resources Council Habitat Restoration Department, (321) 725-7775 or send an email to nsanzone@mrcirl.org



Be a Winner in 2014!  Collect Mangrove Propagules!

Mangroves help protect the shoreline from erosion and create habitat for fish, crabs, and other small animals. You could win an all expense paid pizza party just by collecting mangrove propagules!  Propagules are more than just a seed. They are already a living plant.  The ones that look like green pencils are red mangrove propagules.  The black mangroves look like green lima beans and the whites like little shield-shaped seeds. You can pick them up along the beach or lagoon shoreline but do not pick up propagules that already have roots in the lagoon since they may establish on their own. Don’t pick them off trees! If they are still on the tree, they are not ready to be on their own yet.  Keep them in water until you can drop them off at the Lagoon House.  Help grow the future of the Lagoon!   

Volunteers Pot and Plant 2,000 Mangroves
Riverwalk Park Marine Biology Camp came out to the Lagoon House to help with our mangrove planting. Students transferred mangroves that were growing too big for their 1-gallon pots to 3-gallon pots. They transferred 250 plants. They then potted 1,750 mangrove propagules. Later, another group of students from the same camp came to help us plant mangroves on the shoreline by the Lagoon House. By helping us to pot and plant the mangroves, these students are helping us to restore our shoreline and create new habitat for fish and other animals.    Every little bit of volunteering adds up to a happier, healthier lagoon! Thank you to the students from the Marine Biology Camp! If your group wants to volunteer, please call us at 321-725-7775 or email Nicholas Sanzone

MRC's Right Whale Conservation Program Receives Whale Plate Money
MRC's Right Whale Conservation Program has been awarded a grant from Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University for the 2014-2015 winter season!  This funding, made available by citizens' purchases of Protect Florida Whales specialty license plates, will not only help MRC continue running the volunteer spotter network to protect right whales from collisions with ships, but will also help bring the plight of right whales to elementary school students.  MRC will be working with Florida Atlantic University's College of Education to help develop lesson plans that fit into teachers' current curricula.  Plans are being made to develop two educational videos, as well as complete the right whale activity book that MRC has in the works!  Show your whale pride by purchasing a Protect Florida Whales specialty license plate and support the conservation of, and education about, Florida's whales!

Ecoscape Day September 27, 2014 9am - 11am
at theTed Moorhead Lagoon House, 
3275 Dixie Highway NE, Palm Bay, Florida 32905



 Attend this Ecoscape Day and you will learn how to live more sustainably by changing the way you interact with your yard and your community’s environment.  You will learn about native plants, green landscaping and how to live more in harmony with nature while enjoying the outdoors.
This is also a great way for young people to get those volunteer hours needed for Bright Future Scholarships. Bring with you a sharp mind, and a good attitude. See you there! For more information please contact Rodney at  irlcoast@gmail.com
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