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Mark your calendar and plan to join CCA Florida and the UCF Biology Department this summer for several habitat restoration project opportunities in Mosquito Lagoon!
Join us in assisting Dr. Linda Walters with the department’s ongoing habitat restoration program in the Lagoon.  Projects like these are leading to progressive improvements in water quality and are helping to protect and restore our state’s marine habitats for the future.  Be a part of great work!  Dates include:
June 1, 2, 4, 5, 12, 13, 15 + 16
July 6, 7, 8 + 9
Opportunities include oyster restoration and reef leveling, transporting supplies, mat deployments or transporting volunteers to and from the site.
Interested in joining us?  Contact Frank Gidus (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for additional information, directions and to RSVP.  Bring your hat, sunscreen and gloves, wear closed toe shoes and bring plenty of water.  We look forward to seeing you!            
Dr. Walters’ vision of academic and research excellence has developed a legacy program at UCF - one of the longest, most productive oyster reef restoration projects in the USA (12+ years, 77 reefs restored, habitat created for 12 million+ oysters).  Research and restoration in the lab additionally includes “living shoreline” stabilization of numerous, priceless cultural sites in Florida (shell middens, historic buildings) for over 2000 meters of shoreline, including numerous sites within Canaveral National Seashore (Eldora House, Turtle Mound, Oyster Bay, etc.), Fort Mose State Historic Site (St. Augustine, FL) and De Soto National Memorial (near Bradenton, FL). Knowing that citizen education and engagement are essential to restoration success, this team has engaged over 57,000 volunteers to date (including over fifty preK-12 schools in 6 central Florida counties).
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