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Keeping Green Iguanas Out of the Garden

How Do We Keep Green Iguanas Out of Our Garden? Subject: Invasive Green Iguanas – A nuisance species Grade/Age: Pre-K and Kindergarten / 4-5 Objective(s): To find ways to keep invasive Green Iguanas out of the vegetable garden at the Presbyterian School on Key Biscayne. Key Vocabulary: Dewlap: Dermal Spines Tympanic Membrane Exothermic Thermoregulation Incubate…

Bird Watching Around Key Biscayne

Living up to their name, these birds truly are a magnificent sight. Using their long wings and forked tails they are extremely agile flyers that can glide for hours on thermal currents or deftly snatch food off the surface of the ocean.

Changing by Degrees | Lecture by Andrew Baker

The Fate of Coral Reef Ecosystems in an Era of Climate Change a Lecture Presented by: Andrew Baker Associate Professor RSMAS | UM Dr. Andrew Baker will talk about the declining health of coral reefs around the world, and how research at the Rosenstiel School can help understand, prevent, and reverse these declines. He will…

World Water Monitoring Challenge

Citizen Scientist Project & the World Water Monitoring Challenge Title of Activity: World Water Monitoring Challenge Date of Activity: September 28, 2013 Participants: Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Citizen Scientist Project Description: The World Water Monitoring Challenge (WWMC) describes the project on it’s web site as “an international…

Sharks Under Attack

“Sharks have roamed the ocean for 400 million years – since before the dinosaurs. But now these amazing animals are facing a real threat to their survival. “Every day, 250,000 sharks are pulled out of the ocean and killed for their fins, meat, liver oil or as bycatch when they are accidentally caught in fishing…

The Wrack Line Is Full of Treasures!

The Wrack Line Although you may not be familiar with this term, I’m sure you’ve searched through and near it looking for whatever “beach treasures” enticed you. Wrack lines are linear piles of marine debris (both natural and manmade) that get washed up on the beach from incoming waves and tides. Typical debris includes uprooted…

Nature Trails of Key Biscayne & Virginia Key

Nature Trails of Key Biscayne & Virginia Key Although man-made, the nature trails on the Key Biscayne and Virginia Key provide residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy their hidden treasures and natural resources in an eco-friendly way. These paths are not immune to natural and man-made hazards. Plant overgrowth of the paths can endanger…

What is Citizen Science?

If you go to Google and type in citizen science, you will get over two million hits. So what is a this anyway? You may have heard it on the radio or read about it in the paper, but what is it really? Citizen science is a way for you, the general public, to be directly involved in the process of scientific data collection and be engaged in scientific thinking. The purpose is to have volunteers become amateur scientists while working with a group of professional scientists.

Important Facts about Coral Reefs

Important Facts about Coral Reefs South Florida’s coral reefs came into existence 5,000 to 7,000 years ago when sea levels rose following the last Ice Age. Reef growth is extremely slow; an individual colony grows ½ inch to 7 inches (1 cm to 18 cm) per year, depending on the species and environmental conditions. Coral…

Important Facts about Seagrasses

Important Facts about Seagrasses Seagrasses are flowering plants that live submerged in the sea. There are 50 – 60 seagrass species worldwide. Seagrasses are major structuring components of some of the most productive marine ecosystems. In Florida, there are seven species of seagrasses. Some are very common like turtle grass, while another, Johnson’s seagrass, is…

Important Facts about Mangroves

Important Facts about Mangroves Mangroves are tropical plants that are adapted to loose, wet soils, salt water, and being periodically submerged by tides. There are more than 50 species of mangroves found throughout the world. Three species of “true” mangroves are native to Florida: Red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle), Black mangrove (Avicennia germinans) and White mangrove…

Sea Turtles

Sea Turtles Sea turtles are endangered marine turtles, and like terrestrial turtles, they are air-breathing reptiles. They have flat, streamlined bodies with large, powerful flippers used for swimming and steering.  There are seven species of sea turtles found throughout the world, and five species are found in Florida. While they spend their entire lives in…

Coral Reef Conservation Tips

Coral Reef Conservation Tips As an informed Key Biscayne resident or visitor, you can share your knowledge and get others involved in conservation efforts. Remember, your interactions with coral reefs and their inhabitants can have lasting results. Your involvement can make a difference! Join educational programs that focus on coral reef monitoring and conservation (e.g.,…

Scuba Diving Safety

Scuba Diving Safety As the mini season approaches, diving safety is a topic that is brought up. I thought it would be good for all divers to have a small refresher on diving safety. Grant it these are just concepts to review, if you have been out of practice for more than six months I…

Boating Safety

Boating Safety There is nothing better on a beautiful summer day than heading out for a day of fun cruising around Key Biscayne on your boat. Florida has more registered boats than any other state, and also has more boating accidents than any other state. Most deaths from boating accidents occur because the victims are…

Marine Mammal Laws

Marine Mammal Laws Every boat I have ever been on, when someone yells “Dolphin!” all activity stops and everyone runs to see the dolphins playing near the boat. This is a natural reaction to something so beautiful and majestic. Through the years though I have discovered that many people do not know or understand the…

Hurricane Season

Hurricane Season June 1st every year marks the start of Hurricane Season, and no, we do not mean the UM football season. It’s the time of year when we all should be making sure we have our hurricane kit ready so we do not need to scramble at the last minute. This will last through November…