Sea Turtle Nesting Season is Here!

Sea Turtle Nesting Season is Here!

Our mission at Marine Discovery Center is to protect and restore Florida’s coastal ecosystems, which are home to an incredible diversity of wildlife – including sea turtles! While turtles are often seen popping their heads up for a breath offshore or even...
MDC’s Shuck & Share Celebrates Million-Pound Milestone

MDC’s Shuck & Share Celebrates Million-Pound Milestone

By Lisa D. Mickey It’s hard to wrap your brain around one million pounds of oyster shells. But for Marine Discovery Center’s Shuck & Share Oyster Recycling program, it’s even harder to think of those shells going into the county landfill rather than into the...
SEVAS Hopes Purple Martins Return to Nest on MDC Campus

SEVAS Hopes Purple Martins Return to Nest on MDC Campus

By Lisa D. Mickey The gourds are up! And now, the Southeast Volusia Audubon Society (SEVAS) chapter is ready for the purple martins to move in. As part of its Purple Martin Project, SEVAS held the third annual “Gourd Raising” ceremony adjacent to the bird garden on ...
Flamingos May Be Seen in a Waterbody Near You

Flamingos May Be Seen in a Waterbody Near You

By Lisa D. Mickey It was long thought that American flamingos were a species you could only see in a zoo, the Yucatan Peninsula or in The Everglades if you were really lucky. As it turns out, when Hurricane Idalia hit the west coast of Florida in late August, a...
MDC’s Composting Bins Continue to Serve Community

MDC’s Composting Bins Continue to Serve Community

Marine Discovery Center has proudly participated in a community composting program for a number of years and hopes more local residents will become aware of our program during International Composting Awareness Week! The goal of the national and international...
Ospreys Finally Appear to Be Using Nesting Platform

Ospreys Finally Appear to Be Using Nesting Platform

By Lisa D. Mickey It’s only taken about eight years, but a pair of ospreys appear to be settling in on the osprey nesting platform that was installed at MDC during spring 2015.  Our Conservation Science Coordinator, Tess Sailor-Tynes, snapped this photo last...