Mangrove Detectives

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Scientists are looking to students across the Caribbean for their help studying the health of mangrove forests. This week, Dr. Ryann Rossi, a post-doctoral scholar at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON), launched the Mangrove Detectives Project with help from the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation and Friends of the Environment. Mangrove Detectives is a new citizen-science project that teaches students valuable laboratory and field skills while they document mangrove disease and insect communities in their local mangrove forest. The project provides teachers, non-profit organizations, and environmental educators with free lesson plans, field kits, and laboratory materials to help their students study threats to their local mangrove forest and become part of an international community of Mangrove Detectives.

Students Tackle World Water Crisis

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Water quality monitoring is extremely important in keeping mangroves healthy. That is why we teamed up with EarthEcho International to have students in our B.A.M. and J.A.M.I.N. programs participate in the EarthEcho Water Challenge. The water quality data (such as salinity, water temperature, and dissolved oxygen content) that they collect, will be shared with other students from around the world.

B.A.M. Student Voices

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Throughout the B.A.M. and J.A.M.I.N. programs, we evaluate each program by surveying students in each of the three phases. We use this information to gage how much information the students initially know regarding mangroves and their attitudes towards them before we begin the programs. …

B.A.M. Spring 2018

With our partners at FRIENDS of the Environment, we would like to congratulate the students in our 2017-2018 Bahamas Awareness of Mangroves (B.A.M.) program for completing yet another successful year of the program. Our year 1 students from Forest Heights Academy had …

Mangrove Disease – A Citizen Science Investigation

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Mangrove Education and Restoration Blog North Carolina State University (NCSU) student Ryann Rossi is studying mangrove disease throughout the Bahamas. Through a partnership with NCSU, our students in the B.A.M. and J.A.M.I.N. programs are participating in her hands-on citizen science …

Mangrove Curio-sea-ty

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Mangrove Education and Restoration Blog “A sea cucumber is a part of the phylum Echinodermata. Can anyone recall what characteristics animals in the phylum Echinodermata have?” asks Amy Heemsoth, Director of Education for the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation. …

Return to B.A.M. and J.A.M.I.N.

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Mangrove Education and Restoration Blog With the school holidays behind us, we returned to The Bahamas and Jamaica in mid-January for the second phase of the Mangrove Education and Restoration Programs. During these trips, I was accompanied by two special …