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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!

It’s Weird Animal Wednesday!

You'll never guess what the GTM Research Reserve found! Botrylliodes Nigrum, a native colonial tunicate, was discovered on a pH probe from one of our data collectors out at the Fort Matanzas site on Wednesday, June 1. These tunicates are a type of biofoul, which are unwanted biological organisms that attach themselves to man-made structures [...]

June 8th, 2016|News|Comments Off on It’s Weird Animal Wednesday!

GTM Building ADA Compliant “Sandy” Trail

Last week GTM staff and volunteers, high school students, and Citibank staff began work on a new, paved nature trail. The permeable pavers are made-up of 95 percent recycled tires and 5 percent recycled plastic. This project is part of the $613,000 “green” construction grant awarded by the [...]

March 31st, 2016|Reserve Life, Uncategorized|Comments Off on GTM Building ADA Compliant “Sandy” Trail