Coastal Chat Blog

IRG goes to Florida Bay

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

Florida Bay, located at the southern tip of Florida, is an important habitat for sea turtles. State and federal biologists have worked for years to capture loggerheads and gather data in Florida Bay to establish long-term trends that are essential to monitor and investigate overall health and any changes in the habitat. Each year, 75-100 live loggerheads are captured and examined from Rabbit Key Basin, Twin Key Basin and Arsnicker Basin during 10 days of sampling. Each year, IRG has supported this project by donating the use of our 24 ft...

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Screech owls!

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Coastal Conservation, Coastal Species | 0 comments

Our pair of screech owls in Jensen Beach and the pair in Melbourne Beach, Florida continue to visit the nest boxes and prepare the nest boxes by scratching at the bottom of the box. This activity may go on for some time before the females settle into nest. They’ll be in there for a month or more once the eggs are laid and the males will hunt for the females until all the chicks have hatched. So, they probably don’t want to spend any extra time in the nest box until they absolutely have to! Below are a few videos from the past few...

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2013 Screech Owl nesting season is here!

Posted by on Jan 25, 2013 in Bird Conservation | 0 comments

After successfully documenting the nesting behavior of screech owls at our office in Jensen Beach, Florida in 2012 we decided to add another nesting box video camera with infrared lights in Melbourne Beach, Florida. During January both nesting boxes have been visited by screech owls and in Melbourne Beach, the owls have started preparing their nest (lots of scratching of the floor and moving nesting material around). While watching the videos make sure you have your sound turned up so you can hear their calls. They’re very vocal little...

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Crocodile Research

Posted by on Jan 25, 2013 in Coastal Species | 0 comments

Inwater Research Group biologists were invited down to FPL’s Turkey Point power plant to assist with their American Crocodile monitoring and research program.  We saw over 40 sub-adult and adult crocodiles during the day and then went out in the evening and captured two juvenile crocodiles!  Needless to say, it was an amazing experience, and hopefully we can work with them...

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Shark Attack Victim

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013 in Marine Conservation | 0 comments

On January 20th, a juvenile green turtle stranded on Walton Rocks on Hutchinson Island. Upon inspection of the turtle,  it had severe wounds most likely resulting from a shark attack. Inwater Research Group biologists retrieved the injured turtle and took it to the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno for rehabilitation.  Rehabilitation staff were able to stabilize the animal and it is currently undergoing treatment. You can check on the status of this turtle, named Eliza,...

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