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MRC Membership Meeting
October 22
6:00-8:30 pm 
Ted Moorhead Lagoon House 

MRC Brown Bag Lunch
November 3
Chris Kane, Climate Change

November 14
Front Street Park
2210 Front Street
Melbourne, Florida 32901




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October 7, 2015 

Education Program

SAVE the DATE for 
MRC's Annual Membership Meeting

Thursday, October 22nd
6:30 pm-8:30 pm (doors open at 6:00)

Coastal Conversation and Coffee
Dr. Duane De Freese is the Keynote Speaker 
Ted Moorhead Lagoon House
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Indian River Lagoon Day: November 14
The 20th Anniversary of Indian River Lagoon Day will be celebrated at Front Street Park in Melbourne!  Spend the day focused on protecting, restoring, and enjoying our Indian River Lagoon! There will be a rain barrel workshop, face painting, bounce houses, artists, and vendors, free kayaking, and a Hook Kids on Fishing event!  Paddle a portion of the IRL during this year's IRL Paddle Adventure! 

Click HERE for more details!

3rd Annual Beneath The Waves: Youth Making Ripples
Film Contest: Accepting Submissions NOW!
The Youth Making Ripples Film Competition is an opportunity for k-12 students to serve as a voice for our oceans by creating short films that engage the public about the importance of marine conservation.

Elementary, middle and high school students can submit short films ( <5 mins) on any marine science topic of their choice! No submission fees!

Submissions are due by December 5th, 2015!
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#StudentsGettingInvolved  and tag @YouthMakingRipples on Twitter.
Find them on Facebook by searching Youth Making Ripples
IRL Green Business Program              
Congratulations to our FIRST IRLGB Champion!
Backwater Restaurant is the first business to become certified and received the HIGHEST LEVEL OF CERTIFICATION: Lagoon Leader PLUS! They practice green operations, community involvement and sustainable food! Support the new IRLGB champion and enjoy some breakfast as you make your own pancakes!

1904 Municipal Lane
Melbourne, FL 32905

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!
Lagoon Lifesavers: Speakers Bureau 
Join the program and become a certified public speaker and help share and disseminate information about the Lagoon with your community. To get involved click here to fill out a volunteer application. If you are already a volunteer email

Habitat Restoration & Water Quality


Updates and Opportunities
1. Rodney Smith and the Anglers for Conservation teamed up with MRC for Eco-scape Day at the Lagoon House.  Together with volunteers we planted native plants donated by Maple Street Natives, Rockledge Gardens, MRC members, and volunteers.

2. MRC held 6 planting days and planted over 350 mangroves and 2,000 grasses on 1,000 feet of shoreline at Port Canaveral. At these events we had MRC volunteers new and old as well as the team of 60 volunteers from FIT (Residence Life Group) who were amazing. Special  thank you to all of our volunteers! We could not do it without your help!

3. October marks the beginning of mangrove seed collection. Mangrove seeds wash up on shorelines of the IRL. You can collect the seeds that are not rooted and bring them to us at the Lagoon House where we will grow them and use them in the Habitat Restoration projects.
4. We are recruiting a Pepper Buster Team! This team of special volunteers will be trained to identify, treat and remove Brazilian pepper trees and other invasive plants. If you would like to join this team or would like to have invasive species removed from your property, please contact Nicholas F Sanzone for more information!

5.We are also recruiting LagoonWatch water quality monitoring volunteers. If you are concerned with the health of the lagoon and would like to help collect data, please look for MRC's booth at Indian River Lagoon Day on November 14. or contact Nicholas F Sanzone today for more information!

Site visits: Invasive Species Removal
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 

Right Whale Season:
The hint of cooler air is a teaser that right whale calving season is swiftly approaching! Predictions are that it will be a cold and rainy winter, which means we could have more whales off the coast of Florida, and they may be farther south than usual. Keep an eye out on our website for a class schedule so you can brush up on your right whale ID skills and learn why reporting sightings to MRC's hotline can help protect one of the most endangered whales in the world.

While waiting for the cooler weather, join us at the Right Whale Festival on November 21 st from 10am to 4pm at the Sea Walk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach!

7th Annual Right Whale Festival:
November 21
10 am-4 pm
Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach
More Info:

Did you know?

Did you know that whales are conscious breathers? They actually have to be conscious and alert to take a breath, vs. humans, who can still breath while unconscious. Whales sleep with only half their brain at a time, so the default for their blowholes is to stay closed for sleeping and being underwater! They purposely take a breath when they're safe at the surface.

Find more information about MRC's Right Whale Conservation Program here.


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Your hours are important to us!   MRC relies on community supporters to accomplish its mission and we need to document this value in terms of dollars and cents.   Check out our new volunteer registration, task assignment, and hours tracking program!  

If you have not filled out a volunteer application, and would like to be a registered volunteer, click HERE and fill out your application today!
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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 for more information.  
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