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SBEP receives $288,000 for tidal creek study

SBEP receives $288,000 for tidal creek study The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program was recently awarded a second Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 Wetland Program Development Grant to continue their work on southwest Florida tidal creeks. Dr. Jay Leverone, SBEP staff scientist, will be leading this collaborative effort, which includes both Tampa Bay and Charlotte…

SBEP Policy Board Meeting | September 16, 2016

The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program’s Policy Board will meet at 1:00 pm on September 16, 2016. The meeting will be held in the 9th floor conference room of the Manatee County Administration Center, 1112 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205. The meeting agenda may be downloaded here. This meeting is open to the public.

Native Planting at Siesta Key Beach 6/13

The Bay Guardians hosted a volunteer event at Siesta Key Beach on Saturday, June 13. A group of 40 volunteers planted 1,200 native dune plants and removed thousands of cigarette butts from the beach. SBEP teamed up with Sarasota County Parks and Natural Resources and Around the Bend Nature Tours for the volunteer outing. The plants were donated by the Serenoa…

Bay Guardians at Robinson Preserve

The Bay Guardians visited Robinson Preserve in Manatee County on Saturday, February 21. The event featured 53 volunteers who filled bags with material to create new habitat for oysters and fish. Oyster beds represent a unique and valuable component of the Sarasota Bay ecosystem. They provide structural habitat for many species of fish and invertebrates….

New Interview on Sarasota Bay Today

Read the newest interviews on the Sarasota Bay Today website with Christine Johnson and Karen Willey. Christine is president of Community Foundation of the Gulf Coast. She worked previously at Ringling College of Art and Design as Director of Development. Karen has been working in the field of ecotourism and environmental education for more than 30…

Bay Guardians at G.T. Bray Park December 13

SBEP hosted a Bay Guardian volunteer event at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton Saturday, December 13. There were 38 volunteers plus ten staff members who removed invasive species and trash. The volunteers removed 1,500 Carrotwood trees from a bank near an athletic field. Other invasive species removed included Brazilian pepper, wandering jew, cherry laurel tree…

Coastal Community Planning Course

SBEP, TBEP and CHNEP hosted a two-day training course December 3-4. The course supports NEP partners in the effort to protect the natural environment of Florida and fulfill their respective management plans. NOAA Coastal Services Center staff provided the training located at the Venice Community Center at 326 Nokomis Ave. South.   The Coastal Community Planning…

Bay Roamers Guide

SBEP recently released the Bay Roamers Guide. The guide provides information for all ages on key subjects related to Sarasota Bay and the region’s watershed. The colorful spiral bound guide includes multiple fold-outs and contains quality photos of native habitat, birds and aquatic life. Each section identifies species of wildlife that can be found in…

Bay Partner Grants 2014

SBEP has awarded grants to nine local organizations as part of the 2014 Bay Partners Grant Program. The fully-funded projects include Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron, Bayshore High School, Friends of Florida Maritime Museum, Sarasota Bay Watch, and the Science and Environment Council of Southwest Florida. The partially-funded projects include Natures Academy, Save…

Arbor Day 2014 at Twin Lakes Park

Sarasota County, UF/IFAS Extension, SBEP and FPL celebrated Arbor Day 2014 with two free educational events at the Sarasota County Extension office, at TwinLakesPark, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota. A commemorative tree planting at the Sarasota County Extension Gardens at Twin Lakes Park was held following the April 26 class. “TreeSchool” w be held 8 am – 12…

Bay Guardians at Perico Preserve 4/12

The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program’s Bay Guardians teamed up with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources and Around the Bend Nature Tours for a volunteer planting on Saturday, April 12. The native planting took place at Perico Preserve with plants donated by FWC Redfish Hatchery at Port Manatee. The group planted…

Gulf Coast Heritage Art Exhibit

SBEP and Sarasota Bay Watch are hosting the Gulf Coast Heritage Art Exhibit through March at the Federal Building located at 111 South Orange Avenue in Sarasota. The Federal Building is open during normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. SBEP is headquartered in the building located downtown. The free exhibit showcases art…

Bay Guardians at Bowlees Creek 3/1

The SBEP Bay Guardians volunteers visited Bowlees Creek Island Bird Sanctuary on Saturday, March 1 to remove debris and exotic plants. There were 40 volunteers including students from King Middle School and Sarasota High School. We’d like to thank Rick Greenspun with Sarasota Audubon for sponsoring lunch. If you have a group interested in participating…

SBEP Seeks Intern

SBEP is seeking an intern to support the program mission and public outreach activities. The intern will assist with marketing, communications and education outreach at public events. Please send a resume, cover letter and references to Sara Kane at sara@sarasotabay.org.

Bay Guardians at Jiggs Landing 2/8

The SBEP Bay Guardians visited Jiggs Landing for a volunteer outing on Saturday, February 8. The 61 volunteers and seven staff members collectively planted nearly 6,000 Florida native plants. Jiggs Landing is located on the Ever’s Reservoir in Manatee County. The property was originally purchased in 1944; the popular fishing camp has undergone extensive renovations…

Bay Guardians at Arlington Park 1/25

The first Bay Guardian volunteer event of the year took place on January 25 at Arlington Park in Sarasota. A total of 53 volunteers removed 1,227 pounds of air potato vines and seeds. Prizes were given to volunteers collecting the biggest, smallest, most collected, and weirdest-looking air potato seed. Other upcoming volunteer projects in 2014 include…

Bay Partner Grants 2014

SBEP is accepting applications for the 2014 Bay Partner Grants Program with a deadline of March 3. The purpose of the annual program is to promote environmental education, community involvement and stewardship to improve the overall quality of Sarasota Bay and its tributaries. Organizations can receive up to $3,000 for projects that benefit Sarasota Bay….

Sustainable Communities Workshop

The eighth annual Sustainable Communities Workshop is set for Wednesday, December 18 at the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Event and Conference Center. The center is located at 4740 Cattleman Road in Sarasota. This year’s theme is Investing in our Future. Panel discussions will address green businesses, the local food economy, sustainable transportation, and eco-tourism….

Bay Guardians Win Sea Preservation Award

The SBEP Bay Guardians were honored in 2013 with the annual Sea Preservation Award from Keep Sarasota County Beautiful. The award was presented at a dinner held at the Venice Community Center. The Bay Guardians are the area’s largest and most active volunteer program focused on Sarasota Bay. The program is managed by SBEP in partnership…

Congratulations Sarasota Bay Water Festival

We had a lot of fun at the Sarasota Bay Water Festival Saturday, November 2 at Ken Thompson Park. Thank you to everyone that joined the celebration of the importance of Sarasota Bay to the region’s environment, economy and quality of life. We also want to thank everyone that was part of the four panel…