Visit the ELC to participate in a citizen science project to monitor the fluctuations in the mangrove forests of the Indian River Lagoon.
Watching the Mangroves
In October 2020 the ELC partnered with Chronolog.io to take our citizen science Mangrove Watch station to the next level! Chronolog crowdsources time-lapse photos from around the country to tell stories about unique environments. This technology is easy to use and all you need is your cell phone. By partnering with Chronolog the ELC can now share with the world the story of the Indian River Lagoon Mangroves. Although they might be green all year round, there are changes happening that we can't recognize from our daily interactions with this vital ecosystem.
How do mangroves change after a storm? Do rising sea levels affect the trees? Can we see the birds nesting in the canopy? Help us answer these questions and more!
Participate in 3 easy steps
Visit the ELC and stroll through the lush mangrove forest trails to find George's Perch, high above the treetops.
Find the Chronolog bracket and take a picture with your phone
Upload your picture by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ELC-101 and attach the picture.
We hope to get hundreds of pictures throughout the year to finally understand the changes taking place right in front of us. Watch the time-lapse of the mangroves.
Why Mangroves Matter
Mangrove forests are essential not only to the health of the Indian River Lagoon, an estuary of national significance but also to the planet. By trapping sediments and filtering carbon dioxide from the water, they not only help water quality but also cool the atmosphere! From bottom to top they are like a condominium for a diverse range of species. The soft squishy soils are home to crabs and other marine critters, while the leaves and branches provide food and habitat for crabs, birds and even some mammals.
Mangroves are supertrees that have adapted to life in saltwater! They have ways of excreting the salt through their leaves and roots or excluding it all together by only allowing freshwater to penetrate its membrane. They can withstand the winds and waves of hurricanes and help protect the shoreline from erosion.
Mangrove habitat around the planet is threatened by human development along coastlines and we hope this project will help scientists who are working to monitor changes to mangrove habitats across the globe.
Citizen Science Walk
The Mangrove Watch is just one-stop on the ELC Citizen Science Walk. Visit our campus to participate in a variety of national and international citizen science projects including:
Secchi Dip-in - use a Secchi disk to monitor the water quality of the Indian River Lagoon from our canoe dock.
Migratory Dragonfly Partnership Pond Watch - relax by our pond and watch for dragonflies as we help monitor migratory species that utilize this freshwater habitat.
For questions on how to participate contact email@example.com