FOSI and IRLAP would like to thank the Vero Beach Yacht Club Chapter (VBYC) of the International Order of the Blue Gavel(IOBG) for their generous donation of a new picnic table on IR-25. A few weeks ago, Frank Bilotta, president of VBYC chapter of IOBG and Kristin Rohr, Commodore, Vero Beach Yacht … [Read more...] about IR-25 gets a new picnic area!
Attention Clyde Butcher fans and photography lovers! An exhibition by the multi-award-winning national photographer is coming to St. Lucie County. FOSI has partnered with the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance, the MIDFLORIDA Event Center, Florida Humanities, and the Smithsonian to bring you Clyde … [Read more...] about Clyde Butcher Living Waters Exhibit
Can you spot the American oystercatcher nest? These ground nesting birds do a great job at camouflaging their nests, which makes them very vulnerable to being stepped on. This nest was found on one of our Conservation Islands in Indian River County. These important nesting areas … [Read more...] about American oystercatchers
Last month IRLAP and FWC conducted monitoring work on BC-49, an island designated as a Critical Wildlife Area. Part of the work included the deployment of an acoustic receiver to record bat calls. While the data is still being processed, we did get confirmation of over 400 calls recorded during the … [Read more...] about Bats!
IRLAP staff has begun the installation of educational signs on the recreational islands. The signs provide information on camping and wildlife as well as maps showing where the recreational islands are in each county. This project has been a labor of love for Emily, and we hope everyone enjoys and … [Read more...] about Installation of Educational Signs
A push to restore spoil islands in the Indian River Lagoon This short video highlights some of the spoil island restoration efforts underway by our counterparts in Saint Lucie County. The video is hosted by the YouTube channel for WPTV News - FL Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast … [Read more...] about Restoring Spoil Islands
Explore the Indian River Lagoon from your own private island as Chad Crawford and the "How to do Florida" channel goes camping on the Spoil Islands with his family. This video is shared by the State of Florida Spoil Island Project, and the Friends of Spoil Islands. … [Read more...] about Spoil Island Camping
Even though the spoil islands are man-made, they attract and host some of the area's most beautiful animal and plant life. Here are just a few pictures to give you an idea of what you might see when you visit the islands. If you have pictures to share from your visit to one of the islands we invite … [Read more...] about Spoil Island Gallery #1