Mangrove Watch rescheduled at new location

Tampa Bay Sierra Club is teaming up with Tampa Bay Mangrove Watch, a new program that will monitor the health of the mangrove forests throughout the Tampa Bay area. The research will include GPS video recording and gathering scientific data of specific shorelines which will be analyzed by scientists and students at Saint Leo University and then uploaded to a global Mangrove Watch database. We are looking for individuals willing to get in the mangroves with us at Upper Tampa Bay Park. This is scientific work in direct sun and not appropriate for young children. This is not an outing. 

Participants should be experienced paddlers and interested in scientific research. KAYAKS WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THIS TRAINING.

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  • Kathleen A. L.

    What a great day and great pics! I will use what I learned with my students.

    July 28

  • Gail P.

    You won't believe Bill's drone pictures! Awesome!!
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/125707127@N04/

    I've also posted my pictures in an album here on this site. And here's my flickr link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/88523393@N00/sets/72157645417439188/


    Thanks everyone! You did a great job and hope you learned a few things about mangroves.

    July 28

  • Gail P.

    Thanks to Bill and Chris for educating us about mangroves and demonstrating that Very Cool Mangrove Drone!

    July 20

  • David S.

    Great program

    July 19

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I must cancel, just returned from a long trip in Idaho. Will participate in this activity at a later date.

    July 18

  • treehouseyoga

    Unfortunately, I will end up having to work. Hope it goes well.

    July 18

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have my own single SOT I was planning on bringing. Shall I to allow more on water??

    July 16

  • William E.

    Gail, We have 6 tandem kayaks (seating for 12).

    July 15

  • Gail P.

    FYI Bill Ellis (below comments) and Chris from St. Leo are the organizers for this project. When he says they have 12 kayaks and you see 13 signed up don't worry. I am counted as one of the 13 and I will defer to the other 12.

    July 15

  • William E.

    I ask everyone to please pack drinks and kayak- appropriate food for yourself. Also, protect yourself from the sun. We hope to get everyone some experience collecting data both under the mangroves (out of the boats) and on the water. Please wear closed-toe shoes to protect yourself from oysters etc.

    July 14

  • Kathleen A. L.

    PS I will need a kayak, paddle, and life jacket. Please let me know if I need to do anything else. :) See you there.

    July 14

  • Marcia

    Bill, what is your limit for participants on this trip?

    July 13

    • William E.

      Marcia,

      July 13

    • William E.

      We have kayaks enough for 12 people. Beyond that number, things could be difficult.

      July 13

  • William E.

    Hello Sierra Club members! Chris and I are looking forward to getting on the water with you. If you have any questions about Saturday, please don't hesitate to ask me.

    July 13

  • Holly O.

    This would be something new for me, but I am very interested. I am pretty good on a kayak and would love to help!

    July 6

  • Deborah T.

    Unfortunately, I'm out of town that weekend. I wish you good luck and I look forward to the next mangrove watch meetup!

    June 29, 2014

  • Gail P.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28059960#

    50 years of recording nature in UK!

    June 28, 2014

  • Gail P.

    Read what National Geographic has to say about Citizen Science projects:

    http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/encyclopedia/citizen-science/?ar_a=1

    June 13, 2014

  • Gail P.

    As I had it explained to me by the researchers you will be measuring mangroves. So I assume you will be getting out of the kayak and into the water. Now maybe "down and dirty" is an overstatement, but it was a quick way to say don't expect that you will be staying in your kayak. Keep in mind I personally have not participated in this activity. I am only passing along information that has been given to me.

    June 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have kayak, visited the park in 1980's with my young son on a boy scout field trip. Interested to observe the environmental changes of upper Tampa Bay since then.

    June 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds fun and necessary.. can you define "down and dirty"?

    May 29, 2014

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