After a recent facelift, our Middle Beach Access Boardwalk is now open! As you can see in the photos, the old wooden structure has been replaced with more durable and sustainable materials making it much safer. Our beach lots are open 8 a.m. until sunset, 7 days a week. Parking is $3 per vehicle up to [...]
GTM researchers found this rare burrowing mussel on an oyster reef. It's commonly known as mahogany date mussel, Lithophaga bisulcata. The fossil record dating back to the Paleozoic indicates that mussels in the genus Lithophaga have long been associated with reef building corals (Scott 1988b). The mahogany date mussel attaches to the substrate and its congeners with bissal [...]
Attention all sea turtle fans! You don't want to miss tomorrow's Afternoon Insight lecture - "A Florida Mystery: The Emergence of a Debilitating Cancer in Juvenile Sea Turtles." The Guest lecturer is David Duffy, a cancer molecular biologist at the Sea Turtle Hospital, University of Florida’s Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience. He and other researchers are currently working to better [...]
If you've dreamed of owning a sailboat, then Friends of the GTM Reserve's fundraiser, OceanWise is the place to be on Sept. 24! This Hobie Cat Mirage Tandem sailboat (trailer included) is one of the Silent Auction items. Register now for OceanWise and maybe you'll be pulling this sailboat behind your car when you leave the event!
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 [...]
Yesterday while participating in activities at the GTM Research Reserve, Landrum Middle School staff caught a juvenile Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda)! This group retreat provided an opportunity for everyone to participate in our seining and plankton activities, and also to kayak with the assistance of North Guana Outpost. Now staff is re-energized and ready to start the new school year!
Thank you to all First Coast Invasive Working Group; Jacksonville chapter of CISV-International Peoples Project; Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens horticulturists, animal keepers, plant keepers, and zoo teens; and GTM Research Reserve volunteers and rangers who spent two hot, sweaty days tackling two pockets of beach vitex, Vitex rotundifolia in Ponte Vedra Beach! Twenty CISV volunteers participated from the [...]
Attention all UNF students who enjoy the outdoors! We have the perfect opportunity for you! The Friends of the GTM Reserve is offering for a limited time an all-inclusive EcoPASS to current UNF students for just $15. (This offer is a $38 discount on regular annual pass!) It includes a Friends of the GTM Reserve membership, which entitles you [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]