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Meet the 2018-2019 Mobile Baykeeper AmeriCorps Program Members

Meet the Mobile Baykeeper AmeriCorps Members for the 2018-2019 Program Year. They serve in positions covering three programs: 1) Baykeeper Patrol (Patrol & Monitoring), 2) Strategic Watershed Awareness and Monitoring Program (SWAMP), and 3) Volunteer Engagement (Baykeeper AVE). These programs directly support our work for clean water, clean air, and healthy communities and are funded through the Governors Office of Volunteer Services.

Recap of Our First Apple Snail Roundup of the Year 

First Apple Snail Roundup of the Year

By: Sarah Hogan, AmeriCorps Volunteer Engagement Member

We were greeted with a beautiful day on Saturday March 24 to launch our first Apple Snail Roundup of 2018. There were many familiar faces and lots of new ones who came out to help us remove apple snails from Langan Park.

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Because the temperatures are cooler this time of year compared to the summer months, not as many snails were out and active. They avoid the cold by staying in deeper water and reducing their activity levels. However, this did not prevent our group from collecting 462 snails and 660 egg clusters! What a great effort by our incredible volunteers!

This roundup had the added plus of the Goodwill Easter Seals' recycling trailer being on site at Langan Park. As a result, we were able to sort out a significant amount of recyclable materials from our overall collection of litter. There were approximately 450 pieces of trash collected from the park, which could have easily ended up in our waterways if it wasn’t for all of the volunteers who helped do their part.

 

About Apple Snails

Because an invasive species, apple snails have no natural predator in this area. Our goal is to prevent them from spreading further beyond Three Mile Creek into the Mobile River and Mobile-Tensaw Delta. The snails will continue to grow in masses and eat their way through the local vegetation, causing an imbalance to our local ecosystem. One of the most alarming features of the snails is their capability to reproduce several times during our warmer months. The apple snails’ eggs are sticky, smelly, bubble-gum pink and found deposited along the water’s edge.

Each individual egg cluster can contain hundreds to several thousands of eggs. 

Each individual egg cluster can contain hundreds to several thousands of eggs. 

Extra Incentives

One of our community partners, Red Beard's Outfitters, graciously donated some goodies for a give away! Our volunteers who filled out the event survey were entered into a drawing to receive either a hat, t-shirt, and other gifts from our local outdoor store. Special thanks to our friends at Red Beard's for putting a fun spin on the roundup!  We intend to apply more fun competitive incentives at other events in the future.


At our next cleanup effort, we plan to ‘Plog The Earth’ on April 22 (Earth Day) with our partners Fleet Feet and Serda's Brewing Company. What is plogging? It’s the newest craze which combines jogging and picking up litter! Click the link above to learn more about this exciting event and sign up online. We hope to see you there!

6 Ways to Reuse or Recycle your Mardi Gras Beads

6 Ways to Reuse or Recycle your Mardi Gras Beads

So Mardi Gras is over.....now what to do with all of those leftover beads? Whether you want to give back, help a friend, or get creative, there are plenty of ways to reuse or recycle your beads. Whatever you do - just don't throw them away!

300 Community Members Come Together for MLK Day of Service

300 Community Members Come Together for MLK Day of Service

Chilly temperatures in the low 30s didn't stop more than 300 community members from coming together to give back to the community and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Local Students #getSWAMPed: 4 Schools, 4 Watersheds, and 500+ Students Later!

Local Students #getSWAMPed: 4 Schools, 4 Watersheds, and 500+ Students Later!

AmeriCorps Members Angelica Howard and Leslie Revel, also known as the "SWAMP Ladies", recap their first few months at the helm of our rapidly expanding watershed awareness and monitoring program. 

Success During Our First Marine Debris Removal on One Mile Creek

Success During Our First Marine Debris Removal on One Mile Creek

We promised volunteers our Marine Debris Removal on One Mile Creek would not be “your average cleanup,” and it certainly lived up to its name!  This event served as the official kickoff for a two-year grant we received from NOAA to help Mobile “Move Toward a Litter-Free Mardi Gras”. 

Reflecting on a Record-Setting Apple Snail Roundup

Reflecting on a Record-Setting Apple Snail Roundup

With 266 volunteers in attendance and 4,432 snails collected, this apple snail roundup was certainly one for the Baykeeper record books.