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Blowing Rocks Preserve Winter Lecture Series

Florida

Ocean waves crash against the Anastasia limestone creating the blowing rocks effect.
Blowing Rocks Preserve Ocean waves crash against Anastasia limestone to create the blowing rocks effect. © Mike Olliver

Overview

Welcome to our first hybrid Winter Lecture Series! We are excited to offer an in-person option at Blowing Rocks Preserve and online streaming options over Zoom and Facebook Live.  

All lectures are free of charge and advance registration is required. Space is limited for in-person attendees. Click the buttons below to register for the lectures you would like to attend.

We invite you to share this event with your friends, family, and neighbors. We look forward to seeing you at the preserve, or have you join us virtually!

Dolphin Spotter Program - 1/25/23

Samantha McGuire, outreach and marine education specialist from Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute speaks about this new community science program. Learn about the team's current research and how community scientists take photos of dolphins from land. Discover where dolphins are being spotted along the coast and how you can become a Dolphin Spotter!

Climate Change Adaptation at TNC Preserves – 2/8/23

TNC Florida's Center for Conservation Initiatives science and stewardship fellow Jennifer Rote speaks about our climate resilience project allowing our land managers to continue to plan for biodiversity in a changing climate. Learn about the vulnerabilities our preserves face from climate change and how we're working as a community to ensure our lands are resilient for future generations.

Palm Beach Resilient Island Project – 2/22/23

Conservation International nature-based solutions engineer Joseph Schmidt speaks about this innovative concept for intertidal habitat and restoration of a remnant natural island in Lake Worth Lagoon. Learn how we're partnering with Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management with private funding from the Batchelor Foundation and the Carrier Corporation to implement nature-based solutions.

Sustainable Communities – 3/8/23

TNC Florida sustainable communities manager Christianah Oyenuga speaks about the Orlando Metro Cities Program and our work to improve urban life through conservation. Learn about our work to help manage natural resources to protect diversity and enhance the well-being of residents while prioritizing the needs of under-resourced communities, to ensure that sustainability is at the forefront of urban planning.

The Power of Flowers on Floating Treatment Wetlands – 3/22/23

Florida International University Ph.D. candidate of natural resource management Jazmin Locke-Rodriguez speaks about her dissertation study on floating treatment wetlands. Learn about these floating rafts of plants that grow without soil and collect and store harmful nutrients, providing similar benefits as natural wetlands. Her work examines how this discovery could help Florida's economy and water quality.

The Mysterious Manta Rays of Florida – 4/5/23

Jessica Pate, founder and lead scientist of the Marine Megafauna Foundation's Florida Manta Project speaks about the discovery of a potential rare nursery habitat for manta rays in Florida. Learn about manta ray biology, global conservation and the discoveries that have been made about Florida's population of manta rays. Also, how you can become a community scientist and contribute toward manta ray research.

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