To protect, conserve and assist in identifying solutions for inshore, near-shore and offshore coastal ecosystems through use of scientific research, monitoring and public education.
Our organization was founded in 2014 on a desire to change the world for the better. A common misconception is that one must travel the globe to make positive impacts, yet it is our backyard that needs the most attention. Our backyard includes the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, The Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Indian River Lagoon, for just a few big names. Each of these amazing wonders may fall short of a well-known title, but each is very valuable to the world. Combining scientific efforts with community education and habitat protection, we wish to give valuable information to make this world just a little bit more beautiful than it already is. we believe can achieve this goal by empowering and teaching future scientists, citizen scientists and all people about the wonders of our environment and identifying ways for becoming better environmental stewards.
Our sustainable development goals include providing local communities with environmental education to make informed decisions about ecosystem protection and management. Sea Turtle research dives into the lighting environment in the ACNWR giving insight into the effects of lighting that is thwarting sea turtle hatchlings during the most critical journey from emergence to the sea. We are determining the “light scape” by measuring light intensity at night on nesting beaches that can help regulators determine compliance to Brevard County lighting ordinances and decrease dangers to sea turtles.
Gathering information is important, and more so what is done with it. Our data interpretation can show how the environment is changing, and what direction is necessary for better management. We are working with environmentally focused groups and authorities to create a more cohesive strategy for serving our local ecosystems. Our programs also promote connecting youth with their natural environment; which is paramount when concerning mental health and overall well being of little developing people. Our Stella's Eco & Science Explorers, nest digs, and night walk programs are the route we believe encourages greater environmental connection.
Stella Maris Environmental research inc
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