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World Ocean Day Family Festival

World Ocean Day Family Festival

Sarasota, Florida - June 8 is World Oceans Day and Mote Aquarium is ready to celebrate. 

Landscape assistance at library

Landscape assistance at library

North Port, Florida -- Want to learn more about native plants? Need a plant or insect identified?

Every Tuesday afternoon, the North Port Library hosts the Master Gardeners for a Landscape Assistance program. Get one-on-one assistance with these sessions which are made possible through a partnership with Sarasota County Cooperative Extension Service.

The sessions will be located in the Conference Room of the North Port Library library from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM. The library is located at 13800 Tamiami Trail.

For more information, call (941) 861-1307.

Cleanup collects 3 tons of trash

Cleanup collects 3 tons of trash

Sarasota, Florida - Sarasota County is known for its beautiful beaches, parks and natural areas, but keeping all those destinations looking their best requires a huge effort.

Keep Sarasota County Beautiful (KSCB) has finished gathering data from the Great American Cleanup held on April 27, and the program coordinator is reporting that more than 680 volunteers picked up 6,371 pounds of trash, recyclables and other refuse at locations across the county.

Sarasota County homeowners told forget lawn maintenance and go to the beach

Sarasota County homeowners told forget lawn maintenance and go to the beach

Sarasota, Florida-Sarasota County officials ask residents to skip lawn mainetnance this summer by not using fertilizer products containing nitrogen and phospherous. Stormwater washes excess fertilizer into storm drains and out into the bay. Environmentalists say the excess nitrogent and phosphorous can fuel the growth of algae and stop the growth of vegetation altering some plant communities.

Beginning June 1-September 30 no fertilizer using phosphorous or nitrogen can be used on lawns or plants in Sarasota County.

First sea turtle nest of season spotted on Longboat Key

First sea turtle nest of season spotted on Longboat Key

Sarasota, Florida - Time to keep an eye out and help nesting sea turtles. The first nest of 2013 was discovered Tuesday on the Sarasota end of Longboat Key.

The eggs were laid by a loggerhead. Although a threatened species, loggerheads are the most common species found on local beaches.

Hundreds of volunteers help Mote Marine Laboratory keep track of nesting along 35 miles of local beaches from Longboat Key through Venice. Mote has been monitoring nesting for more than three decades.

Ringling students mix ocean science and art

Ringling students mix ocean science and art

Sarasota, Florida -  Students at the Ringling College of Art and Design were challenged to use their artistic skills to help educate the public about ocean acidification, and they came through in a big way. 

Student projects entered in Mote's "The Art of Marine Science" contest included a board game, comic books, and an experiment kit and video for budding scientists.

Those projects were part of a course taught by a Mote scientist and they earned top honors at a recent awards ceremony.

Champions of Sarasota Bay receive awards

Champions of Sarasota Bay receive awards

Sarasota, Florida - A lot of people think Sarasota Bay is beautiful, but only a few really work to preserve it. And that's why the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) created its Blue Dolphin Awards.

SBEP recently announced the 2013 Blue Dolphin recipients.

Don and Denise Elliott with the Sunbow Bay Condominium Association on Anna Maria Island created a Bay-friendly demonstration garden.

Sean Russell helped raise awareness about debris getting into the Bay by forming the non-profit group Stow It Don't Throw It Project.