Hello Dolphin Explorer teachers and students,
This blog was created just for YOU as a way to communicate, talk about the lessons and ask questions. I hope you find it useful. I'll be posting blog challenges, updates and "breaking news" photos or videos during the Program.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Blog Challenge #1: Welcome to the Dolphin Project!

Hello Dolphin Explorers!

I hope you are enjoying week one of the program, especially seeing our newborns swimming and playing around!! My name is Kristen (I'm the one holding the camera) and I will be posting blog challenges for you to do either in school if your teachers allow computer access or at home with your parents to show them what you will be learning as well! This first one will help us get to know you and what you think about the marine environment, there are no wrong answers!

Have a fun time posting your response using the "comment" button below...

Blog Challenge #1:

What state do you live in?

What grade are you in?

Have you ever seen a wild dolphin before this Program?

What would you like to learn about dolphins or other marine animals?

Do you care about the environment including our oceans and keeping them clean and safe?

Friday, April 26, 2013

Blog Challenge #4

Taking what you have learned from the dolphin project and what you already knew about the environment and conservation...

What are some things you can do to protect the planets forests, oceans or specific endangered animals?

Will you continue to care for the environment after the dolphin project program has ended?

Why is this important?

Female Crab and Mangroves

Breaking News:
We pulled up a crab trap recently and it had a female stone crab with eggs. The females can actually hold 500,000 to one MILLION eggs! Although only a small percentage actually survives to adulthood. We also found tiny snails on the red mangrove roots!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Sighting of dolphins feeding!

Breaking News!

We witnessed our older male pair bond, Bangle and Finch, both catch large fish (jack) along the Isle of Capri seawall! They used the barrier feeding technique by creating waves along the wall trapping fish against it!

There I am taking video and photos at the scene along with intern Rachelle and Captain Michael who was positioning the boat!

Here is a mother osprey feeding her chick in their nest.

Mom named Batman with her calf Robin along side of her swimming along.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Blog Challenge #3

Comment on THIS POST below with the following:

1)First Name and Grade
2)State you live in
3)What you think of the Dolphin Project Program so far and your favorite part of the lessons!
4)Do you like science more now than you did before the Program started??

Thank you Dolphin Explorers!
Keep up the great work!

Breaking News: Bald Eagle!

We saw a bald eagle on the beach recently and got to get up close for excellent pictures of this amazing bird! Take a look!

We also saw an osprey digging into his lunch... a FISH!

We also saw dolphins playing and leaping near the boat... here are some photos:

Monday, March 11, 2013

Blog Challenge #2

Great job to everyone who responded to the first "blog challenge", I loved reading all of your different comments!

Now here is your next challenge...

1) Name at least one dolphin James showed you LIVE during the first weeks calls and if they were doing anything specific.

2) Go to the link at the top of the blog for our website, click on the catalogue link, pick any dolphins name you want, then tell me who you picked and something you learned from reading the database!

Make sure to comment on this post by clicking "comment" right below.
(Don't answer future challenges on the students tab that way we can keep better track of responses, thanks!)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Hello Dolphin Explorer Students!

Week 1: Blog Challenge

Comment on this post with the following....

1)What state you live in
2)Your favorite marine animal
3)Something you already know about dolphins

I'll type mine below as an example!

2)Bottlenose Dolphins
3)Dolphins are mammals!

-Kristen (Survey Team Member)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Overview of the Program

The 10,000 Islands Dolphin Project’s survey team is fortunate enough to work in the rich and diverse environment of Southwest Florida. We encounter and observe an amazing variety of wildlife and marine habitat each and every day while surveying the local bottlenose dolphin population.
While the core of our work is with coastal bottlenose dolphins, we observe manatee, sea turtles, shore and wading birds, bobcat, deer, raccoons, stone and blue crabs, osprey and eagles, shell life and coastal habitats effected by high and low tides. Florida Panther will occasionally make an appearance!
Utilizing today’s technologies, we have captured all of this in a remarkable Environmental Studies Program that enables an entire classroom to come with us into this extraordinary ecosystem.
The Program is composed of up to 20 Lesson Plans targeted at Grades 2 to 6. We offer the Program three times throughout the school year. Each of the Lesson Plans are structured to be 45 minutes in length of which 15 minutes is live from one of our survey vessels.
Environmental literacy is essential in younger generations. Showing the class the real world in real time brings an added excitement to learning. The surprise’s Mother Nature provides us with captivates the students curiosity about what they’ll see next. Experiences like this help children grow and helps them develop a sense of responsibility for our water, land and wildlife. With this increased knowledge of conservation it will arm them with the tools to go out into the world and make a difference.
Video about the Program!