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OceanWise Gala: A Huge Success!

Friends of the GTM Reserve's gala fundraising event, OceanWise: An Evening for the Estuaries was a huge success! Music played on the Turtle Pad; sustainable food was provided by area restaurants; a silent auction (which included a Hobie Mirage Tandem Island kayak); a Turtle Crawl game co-hosted by GTM Research Reserve Director, Dr. Mike Shirley and emcee, Jessica [...]

September 30th, 2016|News|Comments Off on OceanWise Gala: A Huge Success!

National Geographic Films Sea Turtle Emergence at GTM!

A National Geographic WILD film crew visited our beaches last week to capture a green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) nest emergence on camera. After five days of braving thunderstorms and pulling all-nighters, the crew was finally successful on their last night. Early Sunday morning, they recorded a partial nest emergence of 12-16 hatchlings. "Just goes to show that persistence [...]

September 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on National Geographic Films Sea Turtle Emergence at GTM!

Weird Animal Wednesday!

This week's weird animal comes from the bottom of the ocean and can camouflage into its environment. You guessed it! It's a gulf flounder (Paralichthys albigutta). This fish was found during an ocean seining with our 10-12 year-old ocean week campers. You can see one of the campers comparing this flounder to the identification sheet. Unlike most fish, [...]

July 6th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Weird Animal Wednesday!

Welcome, Rudder!

The GTM Research Reserve acquired a rudder from the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. A rudder is the primary control for steering any vessel that travels through water or air. This particular 14-foot mechanism is believed to come from a 500-ton ship from the early 1800s. A portion of the rudder seems to be [...]

June 30th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Welcome, Rudder!

Great Blue Heron Rescue During Butterfly Count!

Yesterday marked the 42nd Annual North American Butterfly Association’s Butterfly Count at the GTM Research Reserve, which ended with a surprising twist! Scientists have discovered that butterflies signify a healthy ecosystem. NABA, consisting of people in Canada, United States and Mexico interested in butterflies, conducts long-term monitoring of butterfly populations. One of the goals of the [...]

June 28th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Great Blue Heron Rescue During Butterfly Count!

Adventures in the Estuary: Seabin Project

This week, the GTM Research Reserve's Adventures in the Estuary (10-12 year old) campers focus on the issue of marine debris! Soda cans, plastic bags, and other sources of debris can cause a major threat to ocean life. To help create a solution to this growing challenge, the campers are building a device that acts as [...]

June 23rd, 2016|News|Comments Off on Adventures in the Estuary: Seabin Project