Navigation Links
Restoring seagrass beds: Is it for the birds?

Although most people consider bird droppings a nuisance, scientists at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab see them as a rich source of phosphorus, a natural fertilizer for grassbeds which have been destroyed by boat propellers. Over the next couple of months, Sea Lab scientists Dr. Ken Heck and Dr. John Dindo will be setting out bird stakes in an effort to revive scarred grassbeds around the popular recreational spot of Robinson Island in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Robinson Island is a favored spot in the summer, with constant boat traffic in its shallow waters. Its underwater shoal grassbeds, however, have been much impacted by propeller damage; and much of the terrestrial vegetation on the island itself was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. Drs. Heck and Dindo received a grant from the Gulf of Mexico Program to restore both the dune habitation and the prop-scarred grassbeds of this popular location.

Dune restoration will begin on Tuesday, April 11, from 10am to 1pm as Dr. Dindo and volunteers from AmeriCorps plant 1,000 sea oats on the beaches of Robinson Island.

Over the next two months, Drs. Heck and Dindo will also plant birdstakes in the damaged grassbeds, hoping to attract seabirds to use the stakes as a resting area where they can "do their business" and fertilize the shoal grass beneath them.

"Birdstakes have proven successful in the Florida Keys," comments Dr. Heck. "We're placing signs in marinas and along the grassbed borders warning boaters against using their motors in the seagrasses. We'll also monitor the effects the bird droppings are having in the propeller scars in the shoalgrass beds.

'We hope a combination of educational signage, replanting sea oats, and a seemingly endless supply of fertilizer will bring the habitats around Robinson Island back to their peak condition," he concluded.


'"/>

Source:Dauphin Island Sea Lab


Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Restoring silenced suppressor gene kills lung-cancer cells
2. Restoring tamoxifen sensitivity in resistant breast cancer cells
3. Can biological traits predict diversification rates in birds?
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Restoring seagrass beds for the birds

(Date:7/25/2014)... people lived on the land now called California, and ... availability of plants they used for food, fuel, tools, ... maintain desired habitat and natural resources. , Frank Lake, ... Station, will lead a field trip to ... Society of America,s 99th Annual Meeting, in Sacramento, Cal. ...
(Date:7/25/2014)... scientists from 25 countries and 35 states will ... the Genetics Society of America (GSA) next week ... conference will feature close to 500 presentations (including ... including gene expression and regulation, functional genomics, chemical ... and a variety of diseases. , Of ...
(Date:7/25/2014)... central nervous system disease that is caused by ... the embryonic phase. Many patients have varying degrees ... retardation. Such problems decrease the patients, functional independence ... Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Education and Research Hospital, ... SB, using the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Fire ecology manipulation by California native cultures 2Fire ecology manipulation by California native cultures 3Yeast meeting to showcase latest breakthroughs in genetics and molecular biology 2
... For thousands of years, people have believed that eating ... stronger muscles. Take Milo of Croton, the winner of five ... ancient writers are to be believed, he built his crushing ... day. No modern athlete would go to such extremes, ...
... Early in development infants of many species experience important ... of their mother to start exploring the wider world. ... brain during that turning point. Based on animal ... of attachments in many speciesincluding the conundrum of why ...
... different anti-apoptotic proteins support cancer cell survival via an ... drugs, report Brunelle et al. The study will be ... 2, 2009 print issue of the Journal of ... dependent on one or more anti-apoptotic proteins to avoid ...
Cached Biology News:Moderate amounts of protein per meal found best for building muscle 2Changes in brain chemicals mark shifts in infant learning 2Changes in brain chemicals mark shifts in infant learning 3Chemosensitivity of cancer cells depends on their protein dependency 2
(Date:7/24/2014)... RIDGE, Tenn., July 24, 2014 -- A novel combination ... the Department of Energy,s Oak Ridge National Laboratory an ... for its unusual physical and electrochemical properties. , ... how oxygen affects the surface of a perovskite manganite, ... behavior. The new avenue to understand surface behavior could ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... July 24, 2014  ECC West Africa, LLC (ECC) ... with University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan Board of ... to finance, design, construct, and operate and maintain a ... . Under the first of the 4-phase project, ... and funding applications. UCH Ibadan intends to finance and ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... Yan, Distinguished Professor of Engineering at the University ... to solve problems in energy engineering, environmental sustainability ... on zeolites, porous rock with a well-defined, crystalline ... is so precisely decided that zeolites can separate ... of an angstrom (one-tenth of a nanometer), making ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... July 24, 2014 Your cell ... in modeling lithium-ion battery storage capacity. , New ... a theoretical model created at Lawrence Livermore ... that predicts how carbon components will perform as ... emphasizes the urgent need for higher-performance batteries. Several ...
Breaking Biology Technology:ORNL study reveals new characteristics of complex oxide surfaces 2ECC Signs a Contract for the Finance, Design, and Construction of a Premier Cancer Institute in Ibadan, Nigeria 2University of Delaware researcher describes new approach for creating organic zeolites 2Getting More Life out of Lithium-ion Batteries 2
... Nov. 25 CAS REGISTRY, the world,s most,authoritative collection ... and inorganic substances. CAS Registry Number(R),1073662-18-6 recently was assigned ... (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081125/CLTU095 ) , ... ) , The ...
... MNKD ), focused on discovering, developing and commercializing,treatments for ... Piper Jaffray 20th Annual Health Care Conference on Tuesday, December ... Hotel in New York City. , ... live web cast of the,presentation in the Investor Relations section ...
... SGMO ) announced today that Edward Lanphier, ... progress of Sangamo,s ZFP Therapeutic,development programs and an overview ... Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at the Piper Jaffray 20th ... will also update the,financial community on its latest developments ...
Cached Biology Technology:CAS Registers 40 Millionth Substance in CAS REGISTRY(SM) 2Sangamo BioSciences to Webcast Annual Investor and Analyst Briefing and Presentation at Piper Jaffray Health Care Conference 2
... Cellular uptake of long double stranded RNA ... interference in a diverse group of organisms ... RNA interference leads to the inhibition of ... of the target messenger RNA (mRNA). Attempts ...
... Bruker Daltonics and Bruker BioSpins ... for metabolism studies, and analysis of ... ESI-TOF system, an optional Avance NMR ... acquisition, evaluation and statistical analysis for ...
... Tracker w/ OutputCumulates a score of movement counts, ... that it.can track up to 6 subjects at ... be triggered. Can outpt a sync pulse ... Can use animal location and timing information ...
... GEA Diessel fermentation systems for cultivation ... have provided manufacturers of bio-pharmaceutical products maximum ... years. For microbial and cell fermentation 10 ... of dead-leg areas ,*Fully automated control ...
Biology Products: