SARASOTA COUNTY – Sarasota County and local partners invite the public to volunteer for a seagrass survey on Saturday, April 30, at Ken Thompson Park in Sarasota.
This fun, family-friendly, hands-on event provides the public with an opportunity to learn about seagrass habitat up-close. Volunteers will take to the waters in and around Sarasota Bay to count and identify seagrass species, in an effort to collect data for the county’s Seagrass Monitoring Program. The seagrass survey is open to the public. Motorized boaters and snorkelers who have their own snorkel gear are greatly needed. Space is limited for kayakers and paddleboarders, so sign up to volunteer today!
The Seagrass Survey celebrates Sarasota County’s commitment to protecting its water resources and focuses on increasing awareness of the economic and environmental value of seagrass habitat.
Seagrasses are vital to maintaining healthy aquatic ecosystems. Seagrasses stabilize shorelines and provide food and shelter to a variety of wildlife. Seventy percent of Florida’s fisheries species, including scallops, crabs, shrimp, mackerel, and snapper, spend part or all of their life in seagrass beds.
Register to volunteer by April 25: http://2016SeagrassSurvey.Eventbrite.com
- Volunteer sign-in: 7:30 – 8 a.m.
- On-site volunteer training: 8 – 9 a.m.
- Data collection: 9 a.m. to noon
- Volunteer lunch: noon to 1 p.m.
Ken Thompson Park is located at 1700 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, 34236.
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