Posted by: sarahegner | March 10, 2014

Citizen Science at its Best

For the past few months, 3rd and 4th grade students from Ocean Studies Charter School have been growing red mangroves in their classroom in preparation for planting at MarineLab’s restoration site.  The students monitored the mangrove propagules while in their classroom, conducting their own study on the salinity preference the propagules grew best in.  Today, the students came to MarineLab to put their baby mangroves back into the wild where they belong.

Some students stayed on land to record necessary data.

Some students stayed on land to record necessary data.

Four local high school students from Coral Shores came to assist the younger students with the planting and to record video for their own school assignment.

Four local high school students from Coral Shores came to assist the younger students with the planting and to record video for their own school assignment.

The students filled the PVC with peat (aka "muddy fugde") and decaying seagrass

The students filled the PVC with peat (aka “muddy fugde”) and decaying seagrass

The peat and seagrass was packed in tight by the “shover”

The peat and seagrass was packed in tight by the “shover”

And, finally, the students had to say goodbye to their "babies" as the propagules were put into place within the PVC

And, finally, the students had to say goodbye to their “babies” as the propagules were put into place within the PVC

As we had more propagules than PVC, we decided to give the remaining mangroves a fighting chance with a closing ceremony sendoff that included everyone yelling “Rhizophora!” and tossing them in to Largo Sound.

As we had more propagules than PVC, we decided to give the remaining mangroves a fighting chance with a closing ceremony sendoff that included everyone yelling “Rhizophora!” and tossing them in to Largo Sound.

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