Be a citizen scientist and report sightings
The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation announced a new way for the public to report algae sightings. Macroalgae and microalgae are a natural part of healthy marine and aquatic ecosystems, but some blooms can be harmful to the environment, economy and even public health. The SCCF wants to know when and where all types of algae sightings occur to monitor conditions around the islands and to investigate algae bloom occurrence with patterns in seasonal weather changes and Lake Okeechobee water management practices. To participate, download the “ArcGIS Survey123” app from the Apple App Store, GooglePlay or Amazon Appstore. It will need permission to access your phone’s location in order to receive GPS coordinates of your sightings and camera/media to capture and attach pictures. To use the app, click “Continue Without Signing In.” Once logged in, download the SCCF algae survey by scanning this QR code. To submit a sighting, fill out the required fields and click the checkmark.