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Volunteers needed to help plant red mangroves

By Staff | Feb 8, 2011

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation is looking for volunteers at least 16 years old to plant red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) propagules/seedlings at the SCCF Marine Lab and in Clam Bayou.

A community-based restoration effort in the bayou has been on-going in earnest since 2009, with funding from NOAA, NACo, TNC and the City of Sanibel.

The prop roots of red mangroves provide nursery habitat for a variety of fish and invertebrates in Florida. They also create attachment sites for filter feeders (like oysters) which remove excess nutrients and improve water clarity.

Mangroves will be planted on the following days:

• Thursday, Feb. 10 at 10 a.m.

• Saturday, Feb. 19 at 9 a.m.

• Saturday, Feb. 26 at 9 a.m.

Interested volunteers must register prior to each event with Sabrina Lartz at the SCCF Marine Lab at 395-4617 or e-mail her at slartz@sccf.org. Participants should carpool and meet at the SCCF Marine Lab, located at 900A Tarpon Bay Road on Sanibel, for each event. If volunteers have kayaks/canoes and are able to bring them, please do so. Additional information will be given upon registration.

We also encourage you to check out SCCF at www.flickr.com to view photos of past events and at our webstie, located at www.sccf.org. Don’t miss your chance to help improve local habitat for wildlife and for us!