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Coastal Marshland in My Texas Backyard

May 27, 2020

Nikki Fitzgerald, NOAA’s Texas Sea Grant in Anahuac, TX

Let’s explore Nikki’s backyard coastal marsh together in the ‘Alligator Capital of Texas’! She will take us on a journey while kayaking or riding on the back of a marsh buggy. Have you ever heard a baby alligator chirp before? No worries, Nikki will let you hear one chirp! Watch as she shows us how to catch a blue crab or go seining in the bay. You will get to learn the many purposes of a Marsh with live demonstrations and hands-on activities. Learn about the importance of our coastal marshes and discover the many different animals that call it home. (Grades 2-6 but all ages will enjoy)

Resources to access at home:

» Texas Parks and Wildlife page on Coastal Wetlands. You can see pictures of some of the animals that live in Texas’ coastal wetlands.
» Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
» Texas Parks and Wildlife video: Gulf Coast Prairies Eco-Region (6 minutes long)
» Texas Parks and Wildlife video: Crabbing the Coast at Sea Rim State Park (3 minutes long)
» Beaumont Texas Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands and Boardwalk 2017 video (3 minutes long)
» Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge Travel Video (4 minutes long)
» Pond Management with Jefferson/Chambers County Agent Nikii Fitzgerald (7 minutes)
» What are watersheds? video with Nikki (5 minutes long)
» Types of weathering video with Nikki (3 minutes)