Mangroves are a vital source of energy, provide nursery habitats for juvenile fish, nesting habitat for wading birds, stabilize shorelines by reducing erosion, and are a buffer against storm damage. Many people are familiar with these iconic trees, but few understand how tightly linked they are to the marine ecosystem in Southwest Florida.
Coastal Watch is embarking on a new initiative "Back to Our Roots" to teach the value of mangroves on our islands through community involvement. The goal of this initiative is to spread awareness in the community about the importance of mangroves – trees that are so important, yet vulnerable to coastal development.
Through this educational initiative, Coastal Watch is inviting the community to participate by “adopting” their very own mangrove to grow and care for to be planted at various mangrove restoration sites around Sanibel and Captiva.
This workshop is will allow participants to gain a deeper understanding of mangrove biology and their role in the marine ecosystem, and learn about the need for restoration in Southwest Florida. Participants will also learn how to care for the mangrove they will receive. The mangroves will be collected and planted at restoration sites around Sanibel in the fall of 2021.Register