Students cultivate marsh grass for Choctawhatchee Bay

Published: Monday, May 20, 2013 at 10:29 AM.

The students carefully monitor their cordgrass’ progress. Laurel Hill fifth-graders Charley Beck, Spencer Whitten, Logan Lowery and Noah Heath inspected the flats on a recent morning.

"Once a month or so we add salt," Logan said. "We check the salinity regularly."

Recently, Charley discovered mosquito fish swimming around the grass had laid eggs. He and Spencer pulled out their cell phones to take photos of the fish and eggs to show their teacher.

At the end of the month, students will transplant their cordgrass at a Choctawhatchee Bay restoration site. They also will tend to oyster reefs, which, along with the grass, help combat shoreline erosion.

"It's all part of a living shoreline project," Tate said. "We really enjoy providing hands-on lessons with the students."

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.

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