Local communities are getting involved with shark research! We have a group of citizen scientist who are documenting bycatch and recording the information. Transmission of this information allows for greater spread of data collection in the Indian River Lagoon. Our citizen scientist also help local fisherman and woman collect information about shark bycatch. This data is used to supplement the juvenile elasmobranch research performed locally.
Juvenile Shark research in the southern portion of the Indian River Lagoon
Wesley's Island is situated perfectly in the Ft. Pierce Inlet, supporting a multitude of marine life. We are using this island to study the elasmobranch species within it's surroundings. We are striving to provide more information about the health of the environments in which juvenile elasmobranchs inhabit and use for parturition. Such data can reflect changes in one of the most important estuaries in the world, our Indian River Lagoon!
Shorebird Transport B.I.R.D
Birding Immediate Response Deployment: Help us reach our goal of transporting shorebirds for rehabilitation and safe handling. Donations support education for proper handling techniques and deployment of transporters to assist injured or stranded birds. Injured and distressed birds are treated and released by Florida Wildlife Hospital.
Chicks on the Roof!
Least Terns and black skimmers nest along sandy beaches here on our coastline! Unfortunately, the nests are ontop of buildings spanning the beaches. Notably, the Motel 6 in Cocoa Beach commonly has immature chicks that fall off the roof. These chicks are not intended to fledge the nest just yet. We need help to get them back up on the rooftop and into the nest during the summers.
We are currently seeking to expand our volunteer group!