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Explore Our Coasts
Dr. David Kimbro and Dr. Randall Hughes work to unlock the secrets of the intertidal ecosystems that make up our coasts. In a series of short videos, they explore the inner workings of salt marshes, oyster reefs, and seagrass beds as well as the ways in which we enjoy what they offer us. Join us as we kayak, snorkel, and wade the wet and wild of the Forgotten Coast.
In the Grass, On the Reef is funded by the National Science Foundation.
Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance oyster volunteers needed
Friday, June 21
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM/CT
South Walton Center of Northwest Florida State College
Santa Rosa, FL
The CBA is building bagged shell reefs along Choctawhatchee Bay to fight erosion and promote the growth of an ecosystem that, as we see over and over on this blog, provides many benefits to us. Contact Rachel Gwin at email@example.com for more information.
We just recently did a video on the CBA's oyster recycling program. Watch here to see how local restaurants and volunteers help build healthy coasts along Choctawhatchee Bay.
Allie the Loggerhead Sea Turtle Release Party
Saturday, June 22
1:00 - 3:00 PM/ET
Bald Point State Park
In May of 2012 Allie was rescued from Alligator Harbor by clam farmers who found her floating sick and weak. The Gulf Specimen Marine Lab has been rehabilitating Allie and will be releasing her back into the Gulf. The lab is inviting the public to join them at Bald Point State Park to see Allie off.
Learn more here.
- FSU Coastal & Marine Lab
- WFSU SciGirls Blog
- Saturday at the Sea
- Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve
- St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve
- St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
- Matanzas Estuarine Research Reserve
- Choctowhatchee Basin Alliance
- The Randall Hughes Lab
- The David Kimbro Lab
- Northeastern Marine Science Center
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On this week’s video, we go for a snorkel in St. Joe Bay and peer into seagrass beds. While looking at the many interesting creatures that call turtlegrass home, Dr. Randall Hughes and visiting researcher Dr. Peter Macreadie clue us into the many services provided by the habitat. Continue reading
Every acre of salt marsh provides thousands of dollars of services to humankind. On this week’s video, Dr. Randall Hughes explores the surprising value of the marsh, a dynamic habitat that despite its external appearance, teems with fascinating creatures. Continue reading
Have you ever found oyster shells in the dirt of your backyard? If you have and you live in Tallahassee’s Myers Park neighborhood, then you might be looking at the remains of a powerful native village that rose to prominence over 500 years ago. Continue reading
Smokey the Bear told us not to, but sometimes Mother Nature has to disagree. Prescribed burns are being used as part of strategy to restore the longleaf pine/ wiregrass ecosystem. Continue reading
In this video of our latest EcoAdventure down the Wacissa, someone made a comment that, a month after we taped it, has biologists, DEP officials, and Green Guides aiding us on a quest to understand where all the limpkins at Wakulla Springs went. Continue reading
Randall and David have traveled to Australia on visiting research appointments to study habitats like oyster reefs and seagrass beds that are at once familiar, yet quite a bit different and even a little dangerous. Continue reading
Do oysters have more value sitting on their reefs than on the half shell? When we lose salt marsh habitat, are we indirectly losing money? Dr. Randall Hughes presents her analysis on a few papers that seek to put a dollar sign on our coastal habitats. Continue reading
Rob Diaz de Villegas WFSU-TV It kind of looks like one of those vintage ’80′s jackets adorned with mirrors and sequins- mollusk style. This horse conch’s got a little bit of everything on it, the result of an interesting reversal … Continue reading
Every post from here on out will adhere to our “master plan.” Well, it was always part of the master plan, but now we’re showing you how. The many functions of and interactions within coastal habitats- as well as our human usage and appreciation- are all tied together as illustrated in this post. Continue reading