|Red mangrove propagules are the easiest to find|
and the easiest to grow! We look mainly for these.
It’s time for our annual propagule collecting contest. It is that time of year when mangrove propagules start washing up on our shores. Mangroves filter pollutants from runoff, provide habitat for animals both in the water and out, and provide food to those animals. At the Marine Resources Council, we depend upon volunteers to help us gather as many propagules as we can so that we can grow them into small trees and plant them on the Lagoon’s shoreline. During the fall you can collect mangrove propagules that are floating around the Lagoon or washed up on the beaches. Red mangrove propagules resemble green pencils and need to be kept in water until they are planted in soil. If a propagule is already growing roots and is in the Lagoon, be sure to leave it where it is! They are likely to take root where they’ve washed up and for this reason rooted propagules are legally protected in the Lagoon. Winners of the propagule collecting contest will get a pizza party from the MRC, so get a group together and start hunting!
|If you would like to collect some white|
mangroves also, please feel free!
3275 Dixie Hwy NE
Palm Bay, FL, 32905
Call us at 321-725-7775 to find out more, or you can email me, Casey Hederman, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any additional questions.
|Keep in mind that the same rules apply for all types|
of propagules: if it has roots, don't remove it!