Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 19th from 9:00 AM to Noon. That’s the date for the first annual Bird Rookery Day hosted by the Venice Area Audubon Society. March marks the peak nesting season for birds at the renowned Venice Bird Rookery and you will have a special opportunity to learn about the birds [...]

Members of the Indian Beach/Sapphire Shores neighborhood community wanted to improve the natural aesthetics and protection of their shoreline along the Bay and reached out to a number of environmental partners to bring together the expertise and funding needed to undertake an impressive restoration project. As shown in the above picture, members of the various [...]

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill had a negative effect on the coastal habitats of the Gulf of Mexico. Beaches, marshes, oyster reefs, and other habitats were exposed to oil, affecting the plants and wildlife living in those areas. NOAA announced in December of 2016, the availability of up to $7 million for grant funding provided [...]

Kudos to Sarasota Bay Watch’s student board members, Ellie Martin (Cardinal Mooney High School), Eliza Anderson (Riverview High School) and Finn Johnson (Pine View School).  Our student leaders bring valuable insights to Sarasota Bay Watch, are brimming over with energy, and share with volunteers their infectious enthusiasm.  Ellie, Eliza and Finn are organizing a kayak [...]

Sarasota Bay Watch’s 2018 is shaping up to be a full and fulfilling year! For the first time ever we will combine various student on-the-water cleanup events into one large high school waterway island restoration day. Volunteers from Riverview, Sarasota and Cardinal Mooney high schools will work together to remove trash and invasive species and [...]

In 1991, a grass roots organization was formed called the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage or F.I.S.H.. They were interested in the preservation of the heritage of Florida’s traditional Gulf Coast maritime communities. Part of their mission was to promote public awareness and support for protection of the marine resources and fisheries industry of Florida, [...]

New research published December 30 in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest that mangroves are rapidly pushing north along the Florida coastlines where it had once been too cold to grow. The study is pointing at global warming for this development. The research was led by Kyle Cavanaugh, an ecologist at [...]