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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

Good Luck Interns!

This week, we're saying goodbye to our communication and education interns. Each has been a tremendous help this summer and we are going to miss them! We asked what their internship at the GTM Research Reserve meant to them: Communication intern, Rachel Keeley says, "Working as an intern at the GTM Research Reserve this summer was great! I gained [...]

July 27th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Good Luck Interns!

OceanWise: An Evening for the Estuaries

Mark your calendars! The Friends of the GTM Reserve will be hosting the seventh annual Oceanwise: An Evening for the Estuaries on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 6-9 p.m. This fundraising event highlights the importance of protecting and preserving our ocean and estuary resources. There will be live music, local seafood prepared by chefs, and an [...]

July 22nd, 2016|News|Comments Off on OceanWise: An Evening for the Estuaries

Pokémon Go Beach Walk!

Attention all Pokémon Go players! The GTM Research Reserve is hosting a Pokémon Go Beach Walk this Friday, July 22 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Join us for a walk on the beach, make new friends, and catch wild Pokémon! We will be meeting at the South Beach Access Parking Lot. All levels are welcome to attend! Here's a [...]

July 19th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Pokémon Go Beach Walk!

Attention Pokémon Go Players!

Do you play Pokémon Go? Want to find more Pokémon at cool and exciting PokéStops? The GTM Research Reserve has multiple PokéStops around the entrance and along the trails as well. It's at these places where you can collect special items! Take a walk down our trails in search for wild and rare Pokémon! We also have [...]

July 15th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Attention Pokémon Go Players!

Weird Animal Wednesday Update!

For this Wednesday, we have an update on one of our weird animals! Remember the baby green heron nest from three weeks ago? The Northeast Florida Aquatic Preserves visited the trails on Monday and found that the baby herons aren't babies anymore! There is a total of four chicks and all of them have emerged from their [...]

July 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Weird Animal Wednesday Update!

Drones and Discovery in the Estuary!

Yesterday was the first day of Estuary Week for the GTM's 4-6 and 7-9 year-old campers and it was a blast! The minnow group went out to the shore and participated in a mini seining using small nets! They put their nets into the water and brought up all sorts of local sea life. The group also [...]

July 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Drones and Discovery in the Estuary!

Estuary Week is Back!

Estuary Week is back for our 4-6 and 7-9 year-old summer campers! Starting Monday, campers will participate in hands-on activities that focus on their coastal environment and the biodiversity of the estuary. Some of last year's activities included kayaking, ocean seining, ocean art projects, research projects, and games! This year's Estuary Week will focus on the estuary habitat. [...]

July 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Estuary Week is Back!

Weird Animal Wednesday!

This week's Weird Animal Wednesday really packs a punch! Last Wednesday, the 10-12 year-old Ocean Week campers found a mantis shrimp over by Shell Bluff Road during an ocean seining! The mantis shrimp is one of the fiercest stomatopods in the ocean because of their mighty punch, massive size and incredible eyesight. This isn't the [...]

June 29th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Weird Animal Wednesday!

Digging in the Dunes!

The GTM Research Reserve wants to thank all of the Citibank volunteers who helped remove the Kalanchoe plants from the dunes in Vilano Beach on Saturday! It took 21 volunteers and over 2 hours to dig up these invasive plants that are causing environmental harm to the beaches. The Kalanchoe plant (Kalanchoe x houghtonii) otherwise [...]

June 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Digging in the Dunes!