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National Geographic Films Sea Turtle Emergence at GTM!

A National Geographic WILD film crew visited our beaches last week to capture a green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) nest emergence on camera. After five days of braving thunderstorms and pulling all-nighters, the crew was finally successful on their last night. Early Sunday morning, they recorded a partial nest emergence of 12-16 hatchlings. "Just goes to show that persistence [...]

September 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on National Geographic Films Sea Turtle Emergence at GTM!

National Estuaries Day & OceanWise Celebrated Tomorrow!

National Estuaries Day and OceanWise will be celebrated tomorrow, Sept. 24, at the GTM Research Reserve! The Reserve invites families to celebrate by participating in the family seining clinics beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Guana Dam, and then, at noon join the fun at the family fishing clinic in the Environmental Education Center's classroom 2. [...]

September 23rd, 2016|News|Comments Off on National Estuaries Day & OceanWise Celebrated Tomorrow!

ADOPT-A-NEST AT OCEANWISE!

Adopt-a-Nest at this Saturday's OceanWise gala event! If you're a turtle lover, and who isn't, you might want to think about becoming a proud turtle parent! Supporting the Reserve's Adopt-a-Nest program helps sponsor the research on marine turtles, while learning about their behavior and nest success. Your generous donation will help fund: Ongoing research on nesting [...]

September 20th, 2016|News|Comments Off on ADOPT-A-NEST AT OCEANWISE!

Sea Turtles: OceanWise Keynote!

Sea turtles will be the focus at OceanWise. Catherine (Cat) Eastman, sea turtle program coordinator at The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience Sea Turtle Hospital will be this year's keynote speaker. She has been working with sea turtles in Florida since 1998. Growing up on the Atlantic Coast, Cat has always had a love for the [...]

September 9th, 2016|Events|Comments Off on Sea Turtles: OceanWise Keynote!

OceanWise and Stewardship!

OceanWise helps support stewardship of the GTM Research Reserve's landscape. Shoreline erosion along the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway has been identified as an ongoing issue within the Reserve. Storm surges and increased waves due to boat wakes threaten the stability of the shorelines and the edges of the marsh. In response to these threats, [...]

September 7th, 2016|Events|Comments Off on OceanWise and Stewardship!

September is Microplastic Awareness Month!

Overall Microplastic (GTM Research Reserve) Create bar charts The GTM Research Reserve joined the Florida Microplastics Awareness Project in 2015! Since joining, our researchers and volunteers have collected monthly water samples from 14 locations, filtered the samples, and collected data on the different types and amounts of microplastics within our waters. Our researchers and volunteers [...]

September 1st, 2016|Education, Research|Comments Off on September is Microplastic Awareness Month!

A Terrapin Tale: GTM Volunteer to the Rescue!

During a routine beach patrol, one of our volunteers discovered a mature female diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) stranded on one of the GTM beaches. This is an unusual scenario given that the diamondback terrapin spends its entire lifecycle exclusively in estuarine waters. This displaced animal is of special concern, because while it is not yet listed as [...]

August 30th, 2016|News|Comments Off on A Terrapin Tale: GTM Volunteer to the Rescue!

OceanWise and Sustainable Seafood

OceanWise and sustainable seafood dishes make a winning combination for an enjoyable evening at GTM Research Reserve's Environmental Education Center in Ponte Vedra Beach on Saturday, Sept. 24. This event takes place on the shores of the Guana River where guests will enjoy food, beverages, music, a silent auction and a breathtaking sunset! Friends of the GTM Reserve [...]

August 26th, 2016|Events|Comments Off on OceanWise and Sustainable Seafood

Weird Animal Wednesday

Our researchers found these guys in Guana River. Here are two microscopic zooplankton species - A Favella species has eaten a Ceratium species. Favella is a tintinnid ciliate. Tintinnids are a vital link in aquatic food chains as they are the 'herbivores' of the plankton. They feed on phytoplankton (algae and cyanobacteria) and in turn act as food for larger [...]

August 10th, 2016|Education, News, Research|Comments Off on Weird Animal Wednesday

Goodbye, Butterflies!

Yesterday we released 100 painted lady butterflies into the Guana Maritime Forest! Master beekeeper, Joan Kramer, spoke at our Afternoon Insight lecture series on pollinators. After the lecture, the audience got to interact and take pictures with the butterflies before their release. Painted lady butterflies (Vanessa cardui) are the world's most widespread [...]

June 16th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Goodbye, Butterflies!