Summer Sea Turtle work

Rosalyn may have chosen the most fun and rewarding project to do her service learning with the Share the Beach program!

"Share the Beach is a charter program from the Friends of Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge and partnered with a myriad of state, federal and local agencies...As a volunteer, my main job is in the assistance in nest relocations and then after nest replacement, barricading the nest is the next most important step.  Once the eggs hatch we must guide the baby sea turtles into the water....I take it upon myself to also clean the beach by collecting trash while I do my scouting runs as well. Plastics are a huge killer of sea turtles."

Emily spent time in Pensacola Bay volunteering with the UWF Underwater Archaeology folks!

Perhaps one of the greatest finds in Maritime History this century has happened right here in Pensacola Bay! Emily spent some time underwater for her Service Learning!

A blurb from her: By working on the wreck I have recently realized that we actually have a form of symbiosis with at least one of the bay inhabitants. We have a mutualistic relationship with a large sheepshead fish, it eats the barnacles off of our unit grids when we clean them, so it gets fed and we get clean grids that we won’t cut ourselves on. The archaeology performed at the site has also created new little ecosystems in the bay for various types of marine life. The grids and barge provide areas for barnacles to grow which in turn attract fish, and lots of different types of fish have made their homes within the many units that we are excavating and around our growing piles of ballast stones. There is so much marine life around the site that it is pretty common to suck up fish, shrimp, or crabs in the dredge, although we try as much as we can to avoid them. The pollution in the bay alongside the weather also affects our diving though. We have had to call dives early or cancel them entirely due to high levels of bacteria in the bay or low visibility due to high levels of sediments or particulates in the water. I subconsciously knew about all of these connections when I started diving, but I connected them more when I read about them in the chapters for this class.

Trever helped to create a pollinator garden!

My 10 Hour day at Gulf Islands National Seashore!

As my alarm went of a 6oclock AM on September 26, 2015, I was all but excited to spend 10 hours on Gulf Islands National Seashore. However, as I look back on the day, it feels great to know that I personally was able to make an environmental impact on the place that I love and have grown up in.  Gulf Islands National Seashores mission is to preserve the pristine beaches, wildlife, and the culture so that many people after us are able to learn and enjoy the same things that we did. The organizations mission was a huge reason why I chose to volunteer with them. It is inspiring to me that people have so much passion to preserve something for not themselves to enjoy, but the future generations to come. They are participating in something bigger then themselves, and for myself to have the opportunity to do the same, felt awesome.

Bat Houses for Jackson Guard

Check out the bat houses Tony made for his service learning project:

Oyster wall!

This will be in the water before you know it! Protecting a shoreline, creating habitat and improving water quality! Way to go Fall 2015 class!