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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Tampa and Clearwater Beaches, Tampa, Florida, USA

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Tampa and Clearwater Beaches, Tampa, Florida, USA

michelle007



Registered: February 2007
Posts: 1
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My Experience with the Wildlife Preservation Project


When you think of Florida beaches, you think of the soft white sand or the warm waves rolling up to the shoreline. You canít imagine the littering that is taking over our gorgeous Florida beaches. The pristine ideologies that I had plastered in my mind of our Florida beaches were definitely knocked out of me when I began this project. I found so much trash while walking throughout some of the more common beaches of Clearwater and Tampa. It was disheartening!


On my first day, I went to some of the Causeway beaches, ones that are parallel to the highway. There I found the most amount of trash. Everything from beer bottles to soda cans were thrown about. Some were buried deep into the sand and the large coast rocks. I also came upon very dangerous items as well. There were a couple of times when I discovered toxic waste containers and hypodermic needles; I was forced to take extra precaution when collecting these items. Things like rope and fishing lines (some still with the hooks), were entangled in the rocks, like it was no big deal. Even though the hazardous material could potentially be very dangerous to us humans, the fishing line and rope is just as harmful to the creatures that live by or in the waters.


I donít understand why people donít take more care of our environment. I know that I am making a big difference with the time that I put in to cleaning up, on the other hand, it kills me to think that somewhere else in the world there wonít be someone to pick up something dangerous, like a fishing line that could kill a bird or other animal. This project opened my eyes and confirmed to me how important it is for everyone to become involved in cleaning up our world and teaching/educating the importance of keeping our environment clean. Now that I took the initiative to do something about it, I can really understand the importance of not littering. We can never forget about the others whom we share this world with, whether it is plants, animals, or even other people; we must respect and protect all while we live here on earth.
Date: February 9, 2007 ∑ Views: 11080 ∑ File size: 20.8kb ∑ : 320 x 240 ∑
Hours Volunteered: 15
Volunteers: 1
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 17
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 3
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): 30
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thebigboss84

Registered: April 2008
City/Town/Province: lattakia
Posts: 1
April 17, 2008 4:51pm

We need, in my city, many volunteers like you.
I study Environmental Engineeering and I know how important it is to clean the sea.
mmg0102

Registered: December 2010
City/Town/Province: Denton
Posts: 2
December 27, 2010 3:59pm

This one actually inspired me to post my project. I wasn't going to post it until I saw that small projects like this were appreciated!