National Estuaries Day Celebration

The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is hosting a special 40th Anniversary National Estuaries Day celebration with free admission to the Environmental Learning Center from 9 AM to 2 PM. This annual event includes staff-narrated boat tours (bus transportation provided to the boat 15 minutes away), introductory 30-minute kayaking trips, stand-up paddleboarding demos on Henderson Creek, Estuary Encounter experience, […]

Students Deploy First Freshwater Mini Reef

A project is underway at Seacrest Country Day School that may hold a key to rejuvenating lifeless freshwater ponds and streams. Students from Seacrest’s Upper School (grades 9-12) recently placed an artificial freshwater mini-reef on the bottom of a stagnant retention pond on the school’s campus. The installation is at the heart of a one-year-long independent study project being conducted […]

Mangrove Cuckoo An Uncommon Sight

South Florida is heralded for its large tracts of pristine mangrove forests, and more than 36,000 acres of mangroves are protected within the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Mangroves protect shorelines from damaging storm and hurricane winds, waves, and floods, and help prevent erosion. Mangroves also provide habitat for diverse wildlife. Many species of fish start their lives within […]

Sea Turtle Activity Update

Marco’s Water Quality in Jeopardy

According to a recent consultant’s report, Marco Island’s waterways are in jeopardy and will likely be considered impaired next year by state standards (Florida Department of Environmental Agency). This report is based on the continued non-complaint high nitrogen levels. At the recent meeting of the Waterways Advisory Committee, Tim Hall of Turrell, Hall and Associates, Inc. (marine and environmental consultants) […]

A Solution to Toxic Algae?

Florida-based photographer and conservationist Jim Abernethy is on a mission to save Florida’s water. “I’ve spent the better part of the last two weeks with a small team, investigating all aspects of the red tide,” he said. In recent months, discharges from Lake Okeechobee have caused blooms of toxic, slime-laden algae across the Southwest Florida coast. In addition to the […]

Apocalypse Marco… What If?

Stepping Stones

Okay, I think we’ve endured enough information about the red tide problem along South Florida beaches. We’re fed up with reports of a blue-green algae caused by water releases from Lake Okeechobee. And now a new problem on coastal borders? The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is reporting a new phenomenon that must be dealt with. Trichodesmium, which is […]

Meet Your Area Dolphins

The Research Team on board the Dolphin Explorer is happy to share information about your area dolphins with the Coastal Breeze News readers. Each edition an individual will be profiled so that you, too, might get to know them. Dolphins can be identified by the nicks and marks on their dorsal fins. Meet Rocky This big guy is an adult […]

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