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Summary: Our Roots and Shoots Chapter attended a "Adopt-A-Mangrove" workshop put on by the Brevard Zoo. We learned about all the ways Mangroves benefit the Indian River Lagoon. We each took home small mangrove seedlings to nurture and will bring our mangroves back for a shoreline planting once they are mature enough to do well in wild. We will also share our knowledge with our schools and community. This is what we learned: Why Mangroves are Important … • Mangroves provide habitat (food, shelter, air and water) and a nursery for many important wildlife. Approximately 90% of our commercial seafood and 70% of local game fish spend some part of their lives in a mangrove wetland. The roots of the mangroves provide protection for numerous species, such as snook, snapper, tarpon, jack, sheepshead, red drum, oysters, shrimp, crabs and mollusks. Above the water, mangroves serve as a safe place for water birds, such as brown pelicans, roseate spoonbills, and several egret and heron species. They provide a resting place for birds of prey, song birds and migratory birds as they travel the Atlantic flyway. • Mangroves produce food. As mangrove leaves fall, bacteria and fungi begin to turn the leaves into a rich source of food known as detritus within hours. Worms, shrimp, crabs, mullet and many other animals feed off the detritus. • Mangroves enhance the quality of our local waters by trapping and cycling pollutants, filtering sediments and absorbing excessive nutrients resulting from storm water runoff. • Mangroves help stabilize our local shores from erosion during storms. The roots of the mangroves help trap sediment and keep the shoreline intact. They act as a buffer, reducing storm surge and high wind. • Mangroves provide approx. 50% of Florida’s oxygen. Most importantly, we learned that mangrove survival is in our hands! Mangroves have been removed extensively for development, and pollution and freezes have taken their toll. 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"To protect and restore the Florida coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems through education, research and community stewardship." Mangroves “The Salt-Loving Plant’’ Red Mangrove PropugulesBlue Heron in Black MangrovesBlack Mangrove Why Mangroves are Important … • Mangroves provide habitat (food, shelter, air and water) and a nursery for many important estuarine creatures. Approximately 90% of our commercial seafood and 70% of local game fish spend some part of their lives in a mangrove wetland. The roots of the mangroves provide protection for numerous species, such as snook, snapper, tarpon, jack, sheepshead, red drum, oysters, shrimp, crabs and mollusks. Above the water, mangroves serve as rookeries for water birds, such as brown pelicans, roseate spoonbills, and several egret and heron species. They provide a resting place for birds of prey, song birds and migratory birds as they travel the Atlantic flyway. • Mangroves produce food. As mangrove leaves fall, bacteria and fungi begin to turn the leaves into a rich source of food known as detritus within hours. Worms, shrimp, crabs, mullet and many other animals feed off the detritus. This results in a concentration of prey items for predators who are looking for these invertebrates and herbivorous fish. • Mangroves enhance the quality of our local waters by trapping and cycling pollutants, filtering sediments and absorbing excessive nutrients resulting from storm water runoff. • Mangroves help stabilize our local shores from erosion during storms. The roots of the mangroves help trap sediment and keep the shoreline intact. They act as a buffer, reducing storm surge and high wind. • Mangroves provide approx. 50% of Florida’s oxygen. Mangrove survival is in our hands. Mangroves are a vital part of our local salt marsh ecosystem. They have been removed extensively for development, and pollution and freezes have taken their toll. It is estimated that 85% have been lost since the 1940’s.They are federally protected today, and cannot be trimmed or removed without a permit. Here are a few ways you can help: Increase the green – Increase the natural areas on your property by removing impervious surfaces (concrete and asphalt) and replacing them with surfaces that will allow rainwater to filter into the aquifer. This will decrease the amount of pollutants that enter into our local waters. Support projects that maintain natural shorelines as opposed to sea walls and other forms of hard armoring. A natural shoreline will contain both mangrove and oyster communities. These communities will serve as a natural defense against erosion and help increase biological diversity in our local waters. Get involved in local Mangrove planting and Invasive Species removal projects held throughout the year. Help spread the word. 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We will attract community residents with the 6 bands and multicultural dance troupes performing, the varied vendors - including companies and resources presenting Peace initiatives, environmental initiatives, handmade items, and refreshments. We have a silent auction of items donated by folks in the community, and an art show where local artists create peace dove themed art. We will also invite all to plant a plant in honor of a loved on in the Chakra Garden at the Jackson Ranch, where the event is held. We are currently seeking T-shirt and Goody Bag sponsors.
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We mapped our quad and identified where there currently are pollinators. We want to go to the Theodore Payne foundation on a field trip to learn more about native plants and purchase some pollinator-friendly plants. Taking that information we will remap the quad to identify if we have native plants in the quad. Then we will plant our pollinator-friendly plants in one of the flower beds on our quad.
Canada
Our school will create a medicine wheel outdoor space in two phases. 1. Hard scaping working with the school forest, wetland and traditional grassy areas and playground to create a nature space. 2. Classroom projects; planning and planting 4 areas, earth, wind, fire and water, to correspond with the medicine wheel. 3. Education, understanding and leading our community of learners through the next years to sustain our water, soil, plants and animals respecting nature and our role and interrelationships within the web to all living and non living elements.
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We will be initiating a project that will grow food for human consumption without needing soil. We have studied this system, its requirements, and procedures, as well as its benefits. This goal will be accomplished by creating a small scale aquaculture farm. It will grow food for use by students in the classroom to create healthy meals.
Hong Kong S.A.R., China
Throughout the month of March, we implemented different activities such as Meatless Mondays, vegan food contests and water challenges. We planned these in our three Roots & Shoots groups and promoted the events throughout Green Month.
Costa Rica
The Path of the Tapir Biological Corridor project was begun in the year 1990. The primary promoter of the project was and still is the Asociación de Amigos de la Naturaleza del Pacifico Central y Sur. We have carried out environmental education in the schools, have encouraged land owners to allow forest to regenerate naturally in the areas of their properties where they don't have any development (especially along rivers and streams), and have pressured the government to enforce the laws that regulate construction and development. The project has seen a great deal of success. Many species of wildlife have returned to areas where they haven't been seen for years. These include three species of monkeys, pumas, scarlet macaws, and there have been sporadic reports of tapirs and jaguars.
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We plan to educate our community about why dog waste can be so harmful, and provide them with resources to make the process easier. We think that by reaching out to a local official and convincing them to spend time and resources on this issue, we can make the maximum impact. We have been researching the negative effects of dog waste, the occurrence of uncleaned up dog waste in our community, and how people can do this more effectively.
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Mountaintop removal is a radical form of coal mining in which entire mountains are literally blown up -- and it is happening here in America on a scale that is almost unimaginable. But mountaintop removal can be stopped -- with the help of people like you. Sign the pledge here: http://ilovemountains.org/act/ The Clean Water Protection Act is a bill in the US House of Representatives which will sharply reduce mountaintop removal coal mining by protecting our headwater streams, where our rivers, like the Mississippi and the Ohio, are born. Over 2,000 miles of streams have already been buried and polluted. But we can stop this. Contact your Representative today and ask them to become a cosponsor of the Clean Water Protection Act. To learn more about the Clean Water Protection Act visit www.ilovemountains.org/clean-water-protection-act
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The project will not only beautify our school landscape but it will teach our students all the steps involved in designing, preparing, and planting native plants. The project will bring our community, parents, and students together in creating a drought tolerant garden.

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