December 2019
Happy Holidays from the MRC!
Wishing you all the joy of the season!

As the end of the year approaches, we are struck by the outpouring of support we have received all year. Our donors, members, volunteers, and supporters have made 2019 one of our most successful years yet!

We look forward to what 2020 has in store for our Indian River Lagoon, and the critical work we can do together to protect it.
Let's Be Clear... Are you Lagoon Loyal?
The MRC has partnered with Brevard County to raise awareness about reducing our impact on the Indian River Lagoon through the Lagoon Loyal Campaign! This program is designed to encourage positive behavior change by offering incentives through the Lagoon Loyal website for participating in simple activities that have a big impact on the Lagoon.

This program will be expanding in the coming months, but you can check out your current impact on the Lagoon by participating in the Lagoon Footprint Quiz and receive a reward!
The 2020 Indian River Lagoon Calendars are here!
The Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program (IRLNEP) and Ron Jon Surf Shop are pleased to present the 2020 Indian River Lagoon Photo Calendar, that includes the top winners of the Lagoon Photo Contest. Eighty-five photographers from the 5-county Lagoon region submitted nearly 250 photos to the contest, which showcases the natural beauty and wildlife of the lagoon. Thirty winning photos and runners up are featured each year in the Indian River Lagoon Calendar, which is distributed for free through the public library system and Lagoon partners.

Stop by the Lagoon House to pick up your free copy, today!
Looking to make an end of year gift in support of the Lagoon?
As the season of giving winds to a close, it's not too late to support your favorite Lagoon organization, with a year end tax-deductible gift. With every gift that you make, you allow critical work to continue to restore living shorelines, protect critical seagrass habitat, and monitor water quality throughout our Indian River Lagoon. Please consider making a holiday gift to our community treasure, the Indian River Lagoon.

Or...

Thinking about switching banks? Join TD Bank, and for every new checking account MRC will receive a $50 donation! Contact Terry Locke at 321-728-5471 to open an account or to see if your existing TD account qualifies!
January Brown Bag!
Leave No Trace - Taking Care of the Natural Lands & Waters We Love!
presented by Emily Dark

Ted Moorhead Lagoon House
3275 Dixie Hwy NE, Palm Bay,

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 (12 p.m. to 1 p.m. )
Join us for our January Brown Bag Lunch to learn about the The Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves (IRLAP) office! This office has been a proud partner with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics since 2016 to encourage sustainable recreation. IRLAP manages seven aquatic preserves and many spoil islands within the Indian River Lagoon. The application of Leave No Trace practices is vital to helping preserve this incredible ecosystem. Come learn about this program and how you can apply Leave No Trace practices to your every day life!

 Admission is free, but please register below. Don't forget to bring your lunch!
3rd Transforming Landscapes for a Sustainable Future Conference
Pelican Island Audubon’s third annual conference on “Transforming Landscapes for a Sustainable Future,” takes place Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the Emerson Center, 1590 27th Ave, in Vero Beach. This conference is an opportunity to learn how to landscape in a way that is sustainable, cost-effective and helps enhance our quality of life. This will be a jam-packed day with speakers and networking opportunities! Tickets are required and include a boxed lunch. Register today!
The Cocoa-Rockledge Garden Club will host Dr. Craig Huegel, noted authority on Florida wildlife and native plants on  Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 10:00 a.m at their Clubhouse, 1493 South Fiske Boulevard, Rockledge. Dr. Huegel will talk about how to bring native birds, butterflies and other species to your own backyard. Dr. Huegel operates a native plant nursery (Hawthorn Hill), writes a wildflower blog, is on the Board of The Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve and has published four books on native plants and wildlife. 

Come, listen, enjoy and have your questions ready! Snacks and drinks will be served. 
The meeting will be open to the public but seating is limited and  reservations are required .  Cost will be $7.00 for non-members. 

Please contact Sherry Garey at (252) 626 0083 or  cdrgarey@aol.com   to make a reservation no later than Monday, January 6.

Upcoming Events
January 1: New Year's Day (Lagoon House Closed)
January 4: Mangrove Workshop at Lagoon House, 9:30-11am
January 7: Brown Bag - Leave No Trace at Lagoon House, 12:00-1:00pm
January 11: Lagoon Litter Patrol at Lagoon House, 9:30-11:00am
January 22-27: Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, in Titusville
February 1: Mangrove Workshop at Lagoon House, 9:30-11:00am
February 4: Brown Bag - Florida Wildlife Hospital at Lagoon House, 12:00-1:00pm
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