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New Citizen Science Project - Nurdle Patrol

November 29, 2018
The Mission-Aransas Reserve just started a new citizen science project called Nurdle Patrol, where we are monitoring and collecting plastic pellets at beaches all across the Gulf of Mexico. Nurdles are small plastic pellets and are the basis of everything plastic. They look like food to animals, and they absorb toxins in the environment so can be deadly to some animals depending on the toxin concentrations. We are looking to quanify how many nurdles are at beaches along the Gulf Coast, and see how long they persist. Plus, we want to remove them from the environment. Want to learn more about Read more about New Citizen Science Project - Nurdle Patrol
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Cleaning for Whoopers - September 29, 2018

September 19, 2018
Thanks to Hurricane Harvey, this annual event is more important than ever. We’re looking for volunteers to come aboard the Skimmer to help clean the shoreline of the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge before the Whooping Cranes begin their arrival.

RSVP is required and lunch will be provided. Volunteers should be willing to walk moderate distances in rough terrain. Please bring water, insect repellent, sun protection, close-toed shoes, and wear long pants.

WHERE: Fulton Harbor; Skimmer departs at 8 a.m.

RSVP: Nicole Pringle (361)749-3153
npringle@austin.utexas.eduThanks Read more about Cleaning for Whoopers - September 29, 2018
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Texas Plastic Pollution Symposium - October 30, 2018

June 19, 2018
Save the Date for a FREE symposium on plastic pollution in Texas. We will host a symposium along with Surfrider Foundation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and Texas Sea Grant on October 30th at the Del Mar Center for Economic Development about plastic pollution in Texas. Call for abstracts and registration will be out in late August 2018. Look for more information soon!
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Hurricane Harvey Research Symposium - August 23, 2018

June 19, 2018
We will be hosting a one day scientific meeting on August 23, 2018 at the Civic Center in Port Aransas, TX to discuss scientific research and data that has been collected since Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast. A call for abstracts and registration will come out on July 2nd so stay tuned!
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Turtle Release - May 12, 2018!

May 16, 2018
Check out the crowd from the May 12, 2018 turtle release at Marker 35 on Mustang Island's Tony Amos Beach. We released 19 turtles back to the Gulf of Mexico. Stay tuned for future releases!
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Gulf Tree Workshop - Join us November 29, 2017!

November 29, 2017
Hurricane Harvey has Texas communities thinking hard about rebuilding for long-term resiliency. We need tools to inform decision-making about heat, drought, floods, and storm surge. Over 100 tools specialize in resilience on the Gulf Coast, and they’re designed for many different groups—utilities, government, researchers, etc. How do you sort through all the tools to find the right one for your community’s needs? Gulf TREE is a first-of-its-kind website, developed to help communities find the right resilience tool for them.
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NEW venue and date for our upcoming workshop! Linking Science Communication to Municipal Planning for Resilience

October 31, 2017

Join us as we improve resilience through bridging science communication to our local planning audience.  This workshop will bring engaged scientists together with planners, floodplain managers, and other local decision makers to explore resiliency issues and planning needs and identify how best to apply scientific research to improve local planning efforts by uniting and improving communication among the academic and planning communities.

To register and for more information click here: https://missionaransas.org/linking-science-communication-municipal-

Read more about NEW venue and date for our upcoming workshop! Linking Science Communication to Municipal Planning for Resilience
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NEW venue and date for our upcoming workshop! Linking Science Communication to Municipal Planning for Resilience

October 31, 2017

Join us as we improve resilience through bridging science communication to our local planning audience.  This workshop will bring engaged scientists together with planners, floodplain managers, and other local decision makers to explore resiliency issues and planning needs and identify how best to apply scientific research to improve local planning efforts by uniting and improving communication among the academic and planning communities.

To register and for more information click here: https://missionaransas.org/linking-science-communication-municipal-

Read more about NEW venue and date for our upcoming workshop! Linking Science Communication to Municipal Planning for Resilience
Workshop: Linking Science Communication to Municipal Planning for Resilience, September 27, 2017

Workshop: Linking Science Communication to Municipal Planning for Resilience, September 27, 2017

September 27, 2017

Join us as we improve resilience through bridging science communication to our local planning audience.  This workshop will bring engaged scientists together with planners, floodplain managers, and other local decision makers to explore resiliency issues and planning needs and identify how best to apply scientific research to improve local planning efforts by uniting and improving communication among the academic and planning communities.

Click here for more information and to register: https://missionaransas.org/linking-science-communication-municipal-

Read more about Workshop: Linking Science Communication to Municipal Planning for Resilience, September 27, 2017