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Rookery Bay Reserve

Rookery Bay Reserve staff and volunteers join other dedicated volunteers and professionals to count shorebirds at more than 1,000 locations across six continents as part of the inaugural World Shorebirds Day. Beverly Anderson, Rookery Bay Reserve Research Associate, and Deborah Woods, Rookery Bay Reserve and Collier County Shorebird Steward volunteer, counted all birds seen along a three-mile route at Tigertail/Sand Dollar beach and lagoon at the north end of Marco Island. The location was chosen because the sandy beach, dunes and mudflats in the Big Marco Pass Critical Wildlife Area serve as important year-round feeding and resting areas for breeding, ... Read More »

Together Again

In one final marathon road trip to Ohio, we brought the boys and their toys back home to Goodland. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com I have to admit that I wasn’t ready; it seemed like only a few weeks had passed since the original plan was laid. The last six months have flown by, though, and now my family is finally back together again. My two younger brothers, Chris and Tyler, and yet another dog, have joined our already busting-at-the-seams household here in Goodland until further notice. I love my brothers dearly, but this isn’t the first time we’ve lived together and heavily relied on one another. I would be lying if I claimed that it’s ever been easy. ... Read More »

Conservancy of Southwest Florida and Naples Zoo partner to advance panther research

Long-time neighbors and conservation advocates Conservancy of Southwest Florida and Naples Zoo are partnering to help advance panther research in Florida. Under a new agreement, Naples Zoo, a non-profit organization and nationally accredited zoo, is committing $150,000 over the next three years to help fund the Conservancy’s collaborative research efforts related to Florida panther conservation and management. These research projects include providing technical expertise to the Florida Panther Capture Team and establishing non-invasive survey protocols for the inventory and monitoring of Florida panther and their primary prey species, the white-tailed deer. “Naples Zoo understands the critically important impact we can ... Read More »

Estuaries Day at Rookery Bay

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Looking for a free, family-friendly activity on Saturday, Sept. 27? Then head to Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve for a day of free staff-narrated boat tours, introductory 30-minute kayaking trips, paddle boarding on Henderson Creek and marine critter touch tanks and other live animal presentations. The event runs 10 AM-3 PM. Following a short hiatus in operation which began Sept. 15, this event — Rookery Bay’s Grand Reopening Estuaries Day — is part of an annual celebration of the 28 national estuarine research reserves. The day’s activities aim to recognize the importance of the ... Read More »

Facebook.com/KidsGetAPlan. Black bear curriculum teaches kids about wildlife, meets Florida education standards

Giving schoolchildren a chance to learn all about Florida black bears is a great way to teach them about wildlife, while sharpening their skills in reading, math, science and problem solving. For that reason, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has updated its Florida Black Bear Curriculum, and put it online for the first time atBlackBearInfo.com. The revised Florida Black Bear Curriculum is free, easy for teachers to use, and meets the new Florida Standards for educational curricula. The curriculum offers 10 lessons on topics such as “The Black Bear Necessities” and “Oh Where, Oh Where is the Florida Black Bear?” ... Read More »

Sweet Victory

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GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com In my experience, especially as a writer, learning about any new place always begins with getting to know its people. I love listening to the local stories, and I’m always eager to shine a well-deserved spotlight on the people that make their town great. I’ve written once before about Goodland’s own, Nick Lemke, and his Shima Dojo at the Greater Marco Family YMCA. To this day, it ranks as one of my most favorite stories. So of course, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to do an update on all of the exciting things ... Read More »

WHY SUMMER CAMP AT GOLISANO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF NAPLES?

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No more pencils, no more books… is the anthem of the summer.  While pencils, books, tests, grades and classrooms may pause for the summer, should the learning take a break as well?  Urmila Wadnerkar, program manager at the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) says the adamant answer is, “No way! We at C’mon believe that learning is a lifelong process that should be encouraged and nurtured all year long.” Over the course of a lifetime, the average person spends only 5% of their time in school.  This means that we spend the majority of life outside of school… 95%.  ... Read More »

Manatee Middle School Hurricanes ‘ROAR’

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By Nancy Richie At Manatee Middle School, the teachers and sixth-grade students didn’t slow down just because school was winding down for the summer. For eight weeks, they worked hard, researching their own Southwest Florida backyards. This hands-on, end-of-the-school-year research assignment is part of the Collier County Public School (CCPS) Pre-Laureate writing program. CCPS’s most capable students have the opportunity to pursue an AP Laureate diploma, the most demanding CCPS diploma available. This Laureate Program continues to grow with 80 Laureate graduates from five high schools this past year, compared with just three at one school when the program began ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Celebrates $10,000 Donation

The newly restored mullet skiff was made possible by the $10,000 donation from the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROOKERY BAY

The Friends of Rookery Bay today celebrated a $10,000 donation from the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation for the restoration of a mullet skiff used in high school education programs provided by Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Reps from the Foundation, together with marine science students and faculty from Lely High School, Reserve staff and other partners, “unveiled” the restored boat. It was just outfitted with a new motor and a Guy Harvey-designed hull wrap before taking it out on the water for an education program. In 2013, Harvey served as the Honorary Chair for the Friends of Rookery Bay’s ... Read More »

Rookery Receives Donation

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The Friends of Rookery Bay celebrated a $10,000 donation from the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation for the restoration of a mullet skiff used in high school education programs provided by Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Reps from the Foundation, together with marine science students and faculty from Lely High School, Reserve staff, and other partners, “unveiled” the restored boat, which was just outfitted with a new motor and Guy Harvey designed hull wrap, before taking it out on the water for an education program. The students participating today have been working on film projects all year in partnership with ... Read More »

Dr. Ellen Prager Wows the Crowds at Rookery Bay

In celebration of Everglades Day, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve offered films, naturalist presentations, a guided walk, and a lecture by Dr. Ellen Prager called “Dive into the Story: Ocean Science and Storytelling, Fun for All.” During two session this morning Dr. Prager spoke to 280 students from Manatee Middle School, sharing stories and images from her adventures as a scientist, and reading clips from her about-to-be released new book, Shark Whisperer. Geared toward kids aged 9 to 12, Shark Whisperer has been called “…an underwater Harry Potter.” Each student received a copy of the new book. Later in ... Read More »

MICMS Student Nominee for Tech Trek

MICMS 7th-grader Laura Poelstrap (left) is pictured with her science teacher, Mary Jo O’Regan, who nominated her for the Tech Trek camp. PHOTO BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com “If we’re going to out-innovate and out-educate the rest of the world, we’ve got to open doors for everyone. We need all hands on deck, and that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering and math.” - First Lady Michelle Obama, Sept. 26, 2011   At a time when more than 80 percent of girls are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers but only 13 percent choose a STEM field for their career, Laura Poelstrap is leading the way at Marco Island Charter Middle ... Read More »

Dr. Ellen Prager to Speak at Rookery Bay

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Submitted On April 4, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is celebrating Everglades Day with films, naturalist presentations, a guided walk and featured lecture by Dr. Ellen Prager called “Dive into the Story: Ocean Science and Storytelling, Fun for All” at 1:30 PM. From her books and adventures, the author and marine scientist will share stories and images that blend ocean science with entertainment, making it fun for people of all ages. Learn while you laugh and be amazed by the ocean’s strange creatures. See how even scientists can be surprised and get a sneak peek at Prager’s about-to-be released ... Read More »

Elementary Engineering

Former TBE student and chemical engineer Jeff Compton watches as a group of students engineer their oil clean-up solution. PHOTOS BY DR. JORY WESTBERRY

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It has been said that play is the purest form of research, and the fourth-grade students in Gail Dunphy’s class at Tommie Barfield Elementary School have put this statement to the test. Since November, TBE’s entire fourth-grade team has been engaged in a classroom science project that combines engineering and technology to challenge students to devise a solution to clean up an oil spill. The project is part of the STEM — Science Technology Engineering and Math — program at TBE, and was developed by the Museum of Science-Boston through its National Center for Technological ... Read More »

My Life in Paradise Begins…

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GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com The first time I visited Goodland was just a few short months ago. My mother moved here a year earlier, and insisted I visit soon. So I planned to fly down with my two children, stay with my mom for a month and then return to snow-covered Ohio. My plans went out the window from the moment I woke up on my first morning in Goodland. I knew I would move proverbial mountains to make this paradise my home. Over the last few years, my mother would visit Goodland, post beautiful pictures online, and swear ... Read More »

ACS Grantee Awarded Nobel Prize

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Submitted We have exciting news to share about the American Cancer Society’s research program. One of our former ACS-funded scientists has won the 2013 Nobel Prize. This makes 47 former grantees that have won the most prestigious award in medical science. Below is the nationwide news release that describes the researchers’ work and the potential against cancer. The American Cancer Society has an unmatched record in the nonprofit arena for the number of funded researchers who have gone on to win the Nobel Prize. This fact speaks to the Society’s ability to both identify and support gifted investigators early in ... Read More »

TBE, Marriott team up for STEM project

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The beloved banana trees at Tommie Barfield Elementary School have a problem. They have been infested with the dreaded Rugose Spiraling Whitefly. Currently, the leaves of the trees are coated with the white eggs and honeydew left behind by the whitefly, as well as the sooty mold that grows from the clear, sugary honeydew. Anyone living on Marco Island knows these signs can mean death for trees and plants. TBE Principal Dr. Jory Westberry turned the problem into a schoolwide science project. Dubbed the STEM project, all TBE students observed the plant problem and provided ... Read More »

Six Years

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com by Harlan Coben Dutton 2013 Harlan Coben’s most recent novel soared to the number one spot on the NYT Bestseller List immediately after it was published several weeks ago in March. I have to admit I was attracted to it because I read that Hugh Jackman had signed on to play the lead in the movie adaptation of Six Years, assuming that if this intelligent actor was eager to be involved in the project (as the Hollywood types call movies in the works), it must be an engrossing story. I was not disappointed. I am ... Read More »

Building Block Donation

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Students at Tommie Barfield Elementary got to test out the very latest in playground equipment before school ended. “The Imagination Playground Building Block equipment, is part of the STEM initiative,” said Principal Jory Westberry. “The students were instantly drawn into showing off their creativity. We had a car, a horse, mini-golf course and fittingly, the students built a version of the Marriott, complete with water fountain.” The Blocks were made possible by a donation of $5000 from the Marco Island Marriott. Rick Medwedeff, General Manager, was on hand to present the school with a check. ... Read More »

Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind

BOOK REMARKS Diane Bostick dianebostick@comcast.net Author: Alex Stone Publisher: Harper, June 2012 Kind of an intimidating title, I will admit, but don’t let it keep you from discovering the delights of this book. It is quite fascinating. I know that I told you that the new kid on the block, Maggie Gust, would be doing the non-fiction stuff in the future but I was not totally truthful. If I find a book I really enjoy I am not going to hold back from telling you about it just because it is not fiction. And in some ways this is fiction ... Read More »