Island wildlife organizations

The photos in this gallery were taken July 2014-September 2014. The subjects and activities in these photos are associated with two nonprofit wildlife organizations on Anna Maria Island – Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center Inc. and Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring.

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Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. dredge barge tour off Anna Maria Island

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. was contracted by Manatee County to replenish county beaches in the cities of Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach. The $18.7 million project took nearly three months, running Dec. 20 to March 3, 2014.

The project required eight miles of pipe, five barges and pumped 1.3 million cubic yards of sand from a borrow site one-mile off the shores of Anna Maria Island.

The beach replenishment project replaced sand naturally diminished by erosion. These photos and a feature article were published in The Islander March 26, 2014.

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Historic Cortez Village

This gallery is a collection of photos taken in Cortez Village, a fishing community in west-Bradenton. The photos were taken between October 2013 and October 2014.

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Island holiday events 2013-14

The photos in this gallery were taken at various holiday themed events on Anna Maria Island December 2013 and January 2014.

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Science shots at Anna Maria Elementary

Anna Maria Elementary School takes its science seriously. They offer students extensive, hands-on science lessons that often incorporates members of the community. There is no shortage of community organizations and volunteers on Anna Maria Island to show young students the size of a loggerhead sea turtle shell or how to look for shorebirds through binoculars.

These photos were taken during the 2013-14 school year at Anna Maria Elementary.

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Tricks and treats at Anna Maria Elementary’s Fall Fest

Fall Fest is Anna Maria Elementary School’s largest fundraiser and community event of the year. The fest brings a costume contest and parade, games, a bake sale and raises money to supplement the school’s budget. Fall Fest is put on by the Parent Teacher Organization. These photos were originally published in the The Islander Oct. 30, 2013.

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