Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Mad Beach Manatee Coral Connection

( or What can I do? I don't live with Nemo?)

Madeira Beach Middle School has its own "coral connection." They are the mangroves. Our own mangrove preserve is growing right behind the school along Boca Ciega Bay. Mangroves have a direct and special relationship to coral ecology and the neritic zone that is often overlooked, and more often, simply ignored.

Even if you don't live with Nemo, you can help protect the future of coral reef by protecting what you find in your own backyard ... for the MadBeach Manatees that means mangrove preservation.

Manatee Challenge #4

Identify the three primary species of mangrove (we have all three on campus here at Madeira Beach Middle School) Determine one special characteristic that helps you identify each species.
Then, share an idea of how you can help preserve the health of our mangrove ecosystems.

20 Comments:

At February 11, 2009 at 5:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The three primary species are red mangroves, white mangroves, and black mangroves. Each is unique and we have one of each on our school campus.
Cassidy :-]
Green!

 
At February 11, 2009 at 5:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The three primary species of mangroves,that are also located on our campus are the Red mangrove, the Black mangrove, and the White mangroves. The way to identify the Red mangrove is that the tree is taller then all the others,has prop roots,and has seeds that hang. The Black mangrove can be i identified by its aerial roots or aerial roots nick named "dead mans fingers." The way to identify white mangroves is that they have salt on there leaves from which they get rid of through two pores on each leaf. White mangroves also have yellow green leaves and are the smallest of the mangroves on our campus.

My idea to help preserve the mangroves is to kill all the Brazilian peppers that are taking over the mangrove areas. The Brazilian pepper is an invasive species. This means it takes over killing all the other native plants.

♫alexis
blue<3

 
At February 11, 2009 at 6:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The three primary species of mangroves are the red mangrove, the black mangrove, and the white mangrove.
The red mangrove has prop roots, which supplies air to underlying roots. Prop roots also provide support in soft mud.
The black mangrove has small pencil-like vertical root shorts called pneumatephores.
The white mangrove has thick, rounded leaves that are the same color on both sides.
All three of them are home to mammals, amphibians, reptiles, unique plants, juvinile fish, and many different invertebrates.
Sometimes mangroves are cut for timber and that hurts the tree. We can help preserve the health of the mangrove ecosystem by stop cutting mangroves for timber. As students though we can spread awareness about the destruction of coral reefs and mangroves. That might help them.

Sammi, Blue

 
At February 11, 2009 at 6:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The three primary species of mangrove are: Red Mangrove, Black Mangrove, and White Mangroves.

Red Mangroves are known by their numerous above ground roots. Black Mangroves can be identified by their small, shrub like look. And with White Mangroves, they have a narrow rounded crown.

Some ways to help preserve the mangroves health would be to slow down the development on the shoreline. Mangroves are being replaced with things like marinas, airports, and other residential and commercial construction.


-Emily! :)
Green.

 
At February 11, 2009 at 9:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

not to litter in the water then it will get stuck in the roots of the mangrove
katie
blue♥

 
At February 11, 2009 at 10:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The primary mangroves are the white mangroves, red mangroves, and black mangroves. They have many characteristics and ways to find what kind of mangroves they are. The white mangroves have thick leaves that are round and are the same color on both sides. The red mangroves have aeril roots concealed prop roots which provide support for soft mud. They also create dwarf forests where the rock cap is at. The black mangroves have pencil like roots also known as, pneumatephores. Also their leaves are whitish. To help them out I can pick up as much trash as I can. On trash day I also will try harder and my best to get trash so they dont get dirty and die. That's what I would do to protect the mangroves. All of these mangroves are at our school.

Aaron Quitugua

Green

 
At February 11, 2009 at 11:49 PM , Blogger MR V and the Mad Beach Manatees said...

These are some great mangrove responses.

Aaron, great response !!! (please note ow others are "signing" their responses.

KEEP 'EM COMING

 
At February 12, 2009 at 2:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are three different types of mangroves. The three are: the Red Mangrove, Black Mangrove, and White Mangrove. Each of these mangroves are located on the MBMS campus in the mangrove forest. The mangroves each have ways of identifying them. The Red Mangrove has large prop roots. Also, the leaves on the Red Mangrove are often large, and are darker on the bottom than on the top. The black mangroves have upright roots called pneumatophores, oftenly calles 'Dead Man's Fingers.' The White Mangrove are wide and have glands on the petiole. White Mangrove's also have fruit that are about two centimeters long.

Kathleen(:
Green!

 
At February 12, 2009 at 5:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The three primary species of mangroves,that are also located on our campus are the Red mangrove, the Black mangrove, and the White mangroves. The way to identify the Red mangrove is that the tree is taller then all the others,prop roots,and the seeds hang from the leaves. The Black mangrove can be identified by its aerial roots nick named "dead mans fingers." The way to identify white mangroves is that they have salt on there leaves. White mangroves also have yellow green leaves and are the smallest of the mangroves on our campus.

My idea to save all the mangroves on our campus is to take out all brazilian peppers and when they grow back take them out again! The brazilian pepers is the problem thats keeping our mangroves unprotected!

Alyssa-Bluee

 
At February 12, 2009 at 6:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The three main types of mangroves are the white, black, and red mangroves. The easiest way to identify a black mangrove is by it's finger like projections. The easiest way to identify a white mangrove is by it's yellow green elliptical leaves which means the leaves have a sharp point.The easieat way to identify a red mangrove is by it's arching roots.
We can preserve and protect these mangroves by not polluting and damaging them.
~Ryan
Blue

 
At February 12, 2009 at 7:29 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The three primary species are red mangroves, white mangroves,and black mangroves.The red mangroves-the tree is taller than the rest of them.The way to identify the black mangroves is,to identify it by its aerial roots called dead man fingers.The way to identify white mangroves is,they have salt on their leaves.

Javon Fritts

Violet

 
At February 17, 2009 at 11:15 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

there are a total of three primary mangrove species. they are. The three primary species are red mangroves, white mangroves, and black mangroves. you can idintify the red mangrovge by the roots that come out above the water. the roots come out of the middle botomish part of the tree.



CRYSTIAN
RED

 
At February 17, 2009 at 2:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The three common mangroves are the red, black, and white mangrove. At madeira middle we have the buttonwood to go along with the other three. The red mangrove has very large leaves with no vains and also has prop roots that stick out of the ground. The black mangrove has leaves that are 5 to 8 cm long and 2 to 5 cm wide. they have pneumatophores or what i call dead man fingers. The white mangrove has small rounded leaves with glands of petiole on the stem.They have a fruit that is on the ends of its branches. Those are the major types of mangroves that surround the oceans ecosystem.

Chase-Green

 
At February 17, 2009 at 2:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think we can perserve mangroves by not polluting as in no littering or dumping. that would not only help mangroves but our whole enviroment!

alex
green

 
At February 17, 2009 at 3:13 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The three kinds of mangroves are red( the one with the largest roots and root system that sticks into the ground on an angle), black( the one with roots sticking straight up), and white( the one farthest inland and the ones with no visible roots).

Darren Blue

 
At February 17, 2009 at 5:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The three species of mangroves are red mangroves, white mangroves, and black mangrove. We could save the mangroves by not cutting or trimming and mangroves. If you do cut or trim the mangroves, than the seed will not have a chance to drop on the ground and grow more mangroves. Also we should stop littering and polluting the earth.

 
At February 17, 2009 at 6:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mangroves are important to the soicity. Mangroves are endangered by human activity. We need to stop polluiting or there will be a great effect/damage to the mangroves. The three primary speices are the black, red, and white mangroves. You can classify mangroves and identify them by their leaves, and stems/roots. Perserve, Protect and not Polluting are great ways to keep the population numerous and not few.

Ayla Gosselin
orange

 
At February 17, 2009 at 8:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The three primary types of mangrove are the wight, black, and red mangrove.

The wight mangrove is easy to identify because they have rounded leafes unlike the black mangrove. The black mangrove has leafes that forms a point at the end. The red mangrove is also easy to identify because the leafes are bigger than the black and wight mangrove.

I can help the mangroves by not littering in the oceon so that what I through in the water does not fowt ashore and into the mangroves.

 
At February 20, 2009 at 2:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having fun Mr.V

 
At April 27, 2010 at 10:14 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

omg hi there this is one of ur favorite students fom last year lmao

 

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