October 15, 2018
The Indian River Lagoon Health Update Story Map is Live!
MRC's Indian River Lagoon Health Update can now we viewed on-line. Check out the story map based in GIS, where you can zoom into areas, view data, and compare changes over two years. Click here to visit the site!

If you have not already received a copy of MRC's 1st comprehensive health update of the lagoon, click the button below to join MRC t oday and we will mail you a copy!
Upcoming Brevard County Lagoon Health Update Seminars!
Titusville City Hall 10/23/18 (5:30 p.m.)
Barrier Island Center 11/10/18 (11 a.m.
The Changing World of Recycling
Brown Bag Lunch
Ted Moorhead Lagoon House
November 6, 2018
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Join us for our November Brown Bag presentation with Amy Boyson, Community Affairs Manager for Waste Management. She will be speaking regarding how recycling has evolved over the years, and how the recycling situation in China is impacting the world. She will also discuss items that can and can't be recycled. The image above shows workers removing plastic bags wrapped in recycling machinery at the Waste Management Recycling Brevard facility in Cocoa. Register for the brown bag below.
Save The Date! Friday, December 7 (5:30 p.m.)
3rd Annual BMW Margaritas For Mangroves Holiday
Party & Benefit For The Lagoon!

Please view the video below for a message from our
Executive Director, Dr. Leesa Souto.

Please visit our friend Sergio at  Tequila Azul  in Viera FL, for awesome authentic Mexican food made from scratch! Ask Sergio, the winner of the last 2 years for the best Margarita on the Lagoon!

Who is going to win Best Margarita on the Lagoon this year?

The winning margarita takes home bragging rights and $1,500 advertising/marketing package from our media partners! Thank you WFIT & iHeart Media for your continued support! Last year's event raised over $5,000 for MRC's efforts to save the Lagoon. This year's goal is to raise over $7,000, we hope you will join us at this great event!

Now available: early bird tickets, margarita contest registration,
and corporate sponsorship!

Go Collect Some Propagules!
All you beach combers and lagoon explorers, keep an eye out for mangrove propagules! Mangroves drop there propagules between August and December, with November and December being the peak.

Collect any propagules you see washed up that are not already secured in the sediment and drop them off at the Lagoon House. We will grow them until they are old enough to be transplanted on the shores of the Lagoon. Each month we will be giving away an MRC t-shirt and metal straw to the volunteer that brings in the most propagules. So get out there and start collecting! If you have any questions, please email Shannon@mrcirl.org .
Repurposing Yoga Mats for Restoration!
On October 6th, Christian Care Ministries aided the MRC in creating floating mats to suspend mangrove proagules. Two mats were built and implemented in the retention pond near the Lagoon House. The mats were engineered by stretching used yoga mats, collected by Downtown Yoga in Melbourne, across a bamboo framework.
We want your opinion!
We need your help! It's time to start scheduling our Brown Bag Lunch presentations for the next year and we want your opinion. What would you like to learn about?

Our Brown Bag Lunches are scheduled on the first Tuesday of every month from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and cover a variety of Lagoon-related topics. Click the button below to take our Brown Bag Lunch Topic Survey and let us know what you want to hear about!
MRC Staff Spotlight: Bill Prendergast, Field Tech
Bill began working with MRC in the Summer of 2018. He was born at Fort Gordon in Georgia. His family moved to Palm Bay when he was three. Bill served in the U.S. Army, which included work in a pathogen detection lab, screening for diseases of interest in various areas of responsibility. Bill enjoys going to the beach, working out and playing golf and softball. He has excellent culinary skills, which the rest of the MRC staff can vouch for, as he has brought in crepes to share on numerous occasions. His favorite meal is four cheese, baby spinach stuffed chicken breast, served over a bed of linguini with roasted garlic and wilted spinach, and a side of bacon wrapped asparagus. Welcome to the team, Bill!
Upcoming Events
October 27: IRL Science Fest

November 3: Mangrove Workshop

November 9-11: Native Rhythm Festival

November 27: Giving Tuesday!

December 4: Brown Bag Lunch: North Atlantic Right Whale Season Update

Visit us at www.SaveTheIRL.org