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!

Weird Animal Wednesday

It's that time of the week! Weird Animal Wednesday presents a green heron chick! One of our summer camp counselors found a baby green heron along with two other chicks! This picture was taken Monday during the first day of our Ocean Week Summer Camp. When these chicks are fully grown, they'll have a long [...]

June 15th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Weird Animal Wednesday

Summer Camp Fun!

There’s a lot of fun happening here at the GTM Research Reserve! Yesterday marked the first day of GTM’s Ocean Week Summer Camp for our 4-6 and 7-9 year-old campers. We’ve already learned about the power of Hydrogen! These little scientists are testing the pH levels of vegetables and commonly used liquids such as lemon juice [...]

June 14th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Summer Camp Fun!

Celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week

Fishing and Boating week is wrapping up! This weekend, take the boat out and maybe catch some fish! This week is part of June's Great Outdoors Month and is a nationwide celebration of fishing and boating. We have two boat ramps here at Guana Dam. One goes to Guana River and the other goes to [...]

June 10th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week

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!

Happy National Trails Day!

Bring your camera and your hiking boots because it's National Trails Day tomorrow at the GTM Research Reserve! As a part of Great Outdoors Month, National Trails Day is the largest celebration of our nation's local trails. We will be holding our monthly guided hike, where you can learn about the history and biodiversity of [...]

June 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Happy National Trails Day!

From Nursery to Planting: 4-H Hydroponic Growing Experiment

The St. Johns Marine Ecology 4-H Club, in collaboration with the GTM Research Reserve, recently got the full salt marsh experience! The 4-H Club received a Service Learning in Aquatic and Marine Education and Conservation grant to test out the use of different substrates to use in order to grow smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) plugs. The plugs [...]

June 2nd, 2016|Education, Events, News|Comments Off on From Nursery to Planting: 4-H Hydroponic Growing Experiment

SWMP Tech Job Opportunity at the GTM Research Reserve

An exciting job opportunity is available at the GTM Research Reserve! The SWMP Technician will assist with the long-term water quality and meteorological monitoring at the Reserve. This includes maintaining and deploying instrumentation, conducting monthly nutrient sampling, assisting biological monitoring in the field, and assisting with a variety of visiting scientist research. The SWMP (System-Wide [...]

May 13th, 2016|Information, News, Research|Comments Off on SWMP Tech Job Opportunity at the GTM Research Reserve

Marineland Lecture – Available LIVE via Google Hangout on Air

Don't worry if you didn't get tickets to our upcoming Marineland Lecture. On Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. EST tune-in to watch our Marineland Lecture LIVE (click here to access). Chris Coco, Director of Zoological Operations, Fishes and Invertebrates at the Georgia Aquarium will discuss his work with the very cool sand tiger [...]

May 10th, 2016|Education, Events, Lectures, News, Wildlife|Comments Off on Marineland Lecture – Available LIVE via Google Hangout on Air

GTM Celebrates Arbor Day

Though Florida doesn't celebrate Arbor Day the same time as everyone else, it doesn't mean we don't appreciate our trees! Fun Facts: Florida designated the Sabal palmetto palm Sabal palmetto as the official state tree in 1953. Sabal palm trees grow up to 20 m in height. Sabal is a fan-palm native to the southeastern United [...]

April 29th, 2016|News|Comments Off on GTM Celebrates Arbor Day