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Meet Tobi: The diamondback terrapin

Tobi swims up to smile for the camera! Join us in welcoming out newest “staff member” here at the NERR: Tobi, the diamondback terrapin! Tobi came to us from the Institute of Marine Mammals Studies and helps to educate the public on diamondback terrapins in the wild. Diamondback terrapins (Malaclymys terrapin) are the only known species of turtle in North America that spend its life in brackish water (water that is a mixture of salt and fresh water). They are prominent in Gulf Coast marshes, estuaries, […]

Volunteers Needed: Region IV Science Fair Judge March 3, 2015

The Region VI Science Fair is scheduled for Tuesday March 3, 2015 at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum. Again this year we will have approximately 1000 science fair entries that were winners at their schools. Students from grades 1-12 will be competing in 8 different science categories ranging from botany to zoology with chemistry and physics in between. Students compete for regional honors and the opportunity to compete at the state and international level. Special awards from various agencies and professional societies will be awarded […]

December Adventure Quencher: Star Party

The Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve hosted their annual Star Party on December 11, 2014.  The party was part of the Reserve’s monthly “Adventure Quenchers” where the public is invited to join in on activities that help participants become better stewards of the environment and coastal habitats around them. Participants were able to tour the building, dig into a bowl of chili, and enjoy arts and crafts that were all associated with stars and star gazing. One such activity was the cookie decorating station. […]

Seaside With a Scientist

Stewardship Team Tackles Marsh Monitoring

The Stewardship team is in the process of installing and reading emergent marsh plots to support the habitat monitoring portion of the Sentinel Site program. Marsh plots are being installed in transects of three at each Surface Elevation Table site, each transect has at least nine plots. These plots will be measured and photographed annually. Transects span vegetation shifts across each site. The purpose of measuring these marsh plots is to track changes in vegetation over time and relate changes in vegetation to potential changes […]

Purple Martin nest monitoring

Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) collected data on the resident Purple Martin population.

Join our team!

We’re looking to hire our Sentinel Site Coordinator who will be working on the Sentinel Site monitoring program at the Reserve.

Living Shorelines workshop provides new ideas for coastal protection

On May 29, 2014, the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) partnered with MS-AL Sea Grant, NOAA Coastal Services Center and Weeks Bay NERR to host a workshop, “Living Shorelines for Coastal Protection in Alabama and Mississippi” for contractors, homeowners, agency staff, nonprofits, and researchers.

Sightings for the month of May 2014

NERR Sightings for May 2014 May 6th Coral Bean (Erythrina herbacea) Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) Wilson’s Plover (Charadrius wilsonia) Least Tern (Sternula antillarum) Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) May 7th American Eel (Anguilla rostrata) May 8th Speckled Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula holbrooki) Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) May 9th Eastern Glass Lizard (Ophisaurus ventralis) Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) Black-bellied Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis) Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) May 12th Grass Pink Orchids (Calopogon) Lady Tresses Orchids (Spiranthes) Rose Pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides) […]

Training helps protect wetlands

Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR) partnered with various state and federal agencies to offer three one-day workshops, Wetlands and Water Quality: Regulating Construction Impacts in Coastal Areas on April 15-17, 2014.

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