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Hermes Heads West!

Posted by on May 16, 2014 in Marine Conservation | 0 comments

Hermes Heads West -Yonat Swimmer, NOAA PIFSC In 2008, a collaborative, multiyear project was started in the southwest Mediterranean Sea to investigate methods to reduce incidental capture of sea turtles with longline fishing gear and to better understand the impact of these interactions on the physiology and movements of turtles incidentally captured. Part of the study was to compare blood biochemistries and movements of turtles that had been caught and released from fishing gear, while a control group would be from turtles that were...

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National Save the Sea Turtle Grant Award!

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in Coastal Conservation, Coastal Species, Marine Conservation | 0 comments

In April, Inwater Research Group (IRG) was awarded a $31,350 grant from the National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation.  The grant has staffed a part-time educator to create interactive and exciting curricula for local schools at no cost.  The grant will also allow an IRG presence at school functions such as Science Nights, Career Days and Science Fairs.  In addition, IRG will be offering other services such as science project ideas and data as well as after school programs to students at no cost. Teachers and students can access this...

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Summer/Fall 2013 Wrap-up!!

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Coastal Conservation, Coastal Species, Featured Sea Turtle Research, Marine Conservation | 0 comments

IRG knew this year was going to be busy but we didn’t realize it was going to be crazy! A lot has happened in the past few months and the IRG team apologizes for not passing it along in the blog or on Facebook as much as we would have liked. The good news is that we’ve been up to our necks in turtles and have some good things to report!   First, sea turtle nesting on South Hutchinson Island has enjoyed another great year. Our 19 km of nesting beach had only 66 leatherback nests this year. While this was a relatively low number,...

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Thanks to The Warnell School at the University of Georgia!

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in Marine Conservation | 0 comments

For the past decade, IRG has collected DNA samples from turtles during many of our research trips to determine the genetic origin of individual turtles that are captured.  This year a great deal of financial support was provided by the Warnell School at the University of Georgia to sequence haplotypes for these DNA samples. We would just like to take a minute and express our deepest gratitude to the Warnell School, the University of Georgia, and our ongoing research...

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Hungry Screech Owl Chicks!

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Coastal Conservation, Coastal Species | 0 comments

Well, after some natural and technical difficulties the screech owl cam in Jensen Beach is finally back up and running. After the first chick hatched, honey bees forced the female out of the box for a whole day and the chick died of exposure.  To get rid of the bees we sprayed the box with soapy water and the female returned to incubate the three remaining eggs.  Shortly after that the SD card in the camera crashed so we had no way of saving video clips of the owls. We had to go into the box and replace the SD card. While we were doing this...

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The First Screech Owl Chick Has Hatched

Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in Bird Conservation, Coastal Conservation | 0 comments

This year the screech owl pair we’ve been watching in Jensen Beach ended up having a total of 4 eggs. The first egg was laid on March 10, 2013, the second on March 13, third on March 15 and the fourth on March 17. The pair of owls we observed last year also had 4 eggs and three hatched so it will be interesting to see how many chicks are produced from this clutch. Here’s a look at the total clutch for 2013 On April 14, 2013, the first chick was hatched at the Jensen Beach owl box, a full 35 days since the first egg was laid on...

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Seining the Indian River Lagoon

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in Coastal Conservation, Marine Conservation | 2 comments

This Saturday, Inwater Research Group members Blair and Dawn Witherington accompanied 20 energetic students and watchful parents to pull seine nets through the Indian River Lagoon near Sebastian Inlet. The students had a chance to see and learn about a variety of lagoon inhabitants such as pipefish, mojarras, tonguefish, gobies, bay whiffs, mullet, jacks, croakers, spider crabs, blue crabs, mud crabs, sea squirts, tunicates, and shrimp. The kids took part in the netting, handled curious critters caught, and asked numerous probing questions...

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Second Egg Arrives!

Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 in Coastal Conservation, Coastal Species | 0 comments

The female laid her second egg of the 2013 season around 1 am on March 13th. The female had some interesting behavior minutes before we got our first look at the second egg (see videos below). This could be her actually laying the egg, but it’s hard to tell. The male has picked up the food delivery to the female (2 geckos and a moth) as she spends more time in the box incubating the eggs. During the day the male has perched himself closer to the nest box (picture below), a behavior we saw last year once egg laying had begun. This is the...

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First Screech Owl Egg This Season

Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 in Coastal Species | 0 comments

On March 10, 2013 the female screech owl in Jensen Beach, Florida finally laid her first egg (See video clips below).  Now, she should lay an egg every 2-3 days for a total clutch of between 3 to 8 eggs. We’ll have to wait and see how many eggs this female lays.  Incubation takes about 26-30 days, so it will be awhile before we see the first chicks appear.  The screech owls in the Melbourne Beach nest box haven’t laid their first egg yet, but it shouldn’t be long.  Check back often to follow the progression of the screech...

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Screech Owl Activity Increasing!

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in Bird Conservation | 0 comments

Screech owl activity at the nesting box in Jensen Beach has ramped up. The female has been staying in the nest box during the daytime and preparing the nest at dusk before she goes out to hunt at night. This has been going on for the last several days and we expect to see the first egg arrive soon. The male has recently started to bring food to the female as she prepares the nest; another sure sign that the first egg will be laid soon. After the first egg is laid another egg will be laid every 2 to 3 days for a total of between 3 to 8 eggs....

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