January 2020
Roll into the New Year with a Positive Impact!
The MRC is calling for your toilet paper rolls!

Why you ask? Well, these wonderful little cylinders are the perfect mini pots to plant mangroves at MRC tabling events! We have an event for elementary students at the end of January and are in desperate need of your rolls!

Please bring by your toilet paper rolls (free of toilet paper) and do your part to save the lagoon!
"This Lagoon" - A Rendition of "Country Roads" by John Denver
This past fall semester, a fantastic teacher in the Brevard School District invited the MRC and many others to present to his marine science classes.

For their final exam, the students were tasked with creating a marine conservation video. Though all were excellent, the one posted above truly sings to the MRC's mission!
23rd Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival
Come visit the MRC's booth at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival at Eastern Florida State College in Titusville! We will be at the Exhibit Center on Wednesday, January 22 through Friday, January 24 from 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm and Saturday, January 25 from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.

MRC's Education Coordinator, Nicole Broquet, will be presenting in classroom 4-119 from 1:00-2:00pm on Saturday, January 25. She will be discussing the status of the Indian River Lagoon, some of the programs the MRC has implemented, and what you can do to help restore this critical ecosystem!

This event will have speakers, workshops, fields, and lot of activities, so check out the website for more information!
Join Us for the First Rain Barrel Workshop of 2020!
When: Sunday, February 2, 2020 • 1:00pm - 2:00 pm
Where: Rockledge Gardens, 2153 US Highway 1, Rockledge, FL 32955

Did you know that within the first inch of rainfall, a 100-square-foot roof will produce 60 gallons of water! 

Come to the MRC's first rain barrel workshop of 2020 to learn the benefits of collecting rainwater, the positive impact it has on the Lagoon, and how to construct your own rain barrel! The presentation is free and open to the public; however, attendees must RSVP. If you would like to build and take home your very own rain barrel, there is a $55.00 registration fee.

If you are a Melbourne resident and satisfy the eligibility requirements, there is a $50.00 rebate program for installing your rain barrel! Click HERE for more information.
Let's Be Clear... Are you Lagoon Loyal?
On behalf of Brevard County and the University of Florida, MTN Advertising is conducting a survey to learn more about how residents maintain and fertilize grass on their lawns. The information collected in this survey will be used to enhance educational and outreach activities throughout Brevard County to decrease our impact on the Indian River Lagoon!

At the end of the survey, Brevard County residents who are at least 18 years of age and who answer all questions in the survey may be eligible to receive one of five $100 Visa gift cards!

Please share this survey with your friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors!

The 2020 Indian River Lagoon Calendars are STILL here, but are going FAST !
The Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program (IRLNEP) and Ron Jon Surf Shop are pleased to present the 2020 Indian River Lagoon Photo Calendar, which 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, showcasing 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 !
February Brown Bag
Florida Wildlife Hospital - We're Here to Help!
presented by Tracy Frampton

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

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 (12 pm to 1 pm)
Join us for our February Brown Bag presentation with Ms. Tracy Frampton, the Executive Director of the Florida Wildlife Hospital (FWH)! FWH has been rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing thousands of sick, injured, and orphaned animals in Brevard County, since 1973. It is the mission of the FWH to help animals in need and to educate the public on how they can reduce their impact on local wildlife. Bring your lunch and come learn about this amazing organization!

 Admission is free, but please register below. Don't forget to bring your lunch!
2020 Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Seminar
What does it mean to have Florida-Friendly Landscaping™? Join us at the 2020 Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Seminar to learn how you can have a beautiful landscape that could save you time, energy and money while protecting our future. This FREE event will have 4 excellent presentations and booth vendors.

Where: Eau Gallie High School - Auditorium, 1400 Commodore Blvd., Melbourne

When: Saturday, February 8, 2020, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM 

The following talks are scheduled:

9:00-9:45am - All About Birds - Kate Wells - Space Coast Audubon Society

9:45-10:30am - Indian River Lagoon Update - Kathy Hill - Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program

10:30-10:45am Break

10:45-11:30am - Turf Alternatives with Native Plants - Brendan 'Skip' Healy - Change of Greenery

11:30-12:30pm - Garden Nature's Way (with the Soil Food Web!) - Sally Scalera - UF/IFAS Extension Brevard County

12:30-1pm - Door prizes and plant sale

Hope to see you there!
Upcoming Events
January 22-27: Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, in Titusville
January 25: Lagoon House Closed
February 1: Mangrove Workshop at Lagoon House, 9:30-11:00am
February 2: Rain Barrel Workshop at Rockledge Gardens, 1:00-2:00pm
February 4: Brown Bag - Florida Wildlife Hospital at Lagoon House, 12:00-1:00pm
February 8: Florida Friendly Landscape Seminar at Eau Gallie High School, 8:30am-1:00pm
February 22: Conservation Achievement Awards Banquet 2020 at the Hilton
Melbourne Beach Oceanfront Hotel 5:00-8:00pm
February 29: Lagoon Litter Patrol at Lagoon House, 9:30-11:00am
Visit us at www.SaveTheIRL.org