IDEAS For Us | January 16, 2014

Planting Pelican Island (IDEAS for Miami)

IDEAS for Miami Plants Pelican Island

1.) How was the event organized/advertised?

IDEAS MIAMI organized the Pelican Harbor events with Eduardo Salcedo, a biologist that works for Miami-Dade County Natural Areas Management (NAM). Together we organized events beginning in May 2013 and scheduled an event for every other month until October 2013. Eduardo would obtain the plants for the event while I focused on recruiting volunteers. To advertise for the event I did a number of class raps at Florida International University. I worked with a specific instructor who would allow me to come speak to his environmental studies classes. I also advertised through social networking websites like Facebook and Instagram.


2.) Plant/species name/quantity

Sea grape (60)

Gumbo Limbo (40)

Necklace pod (20)

Sea oxeye daisy (20)

Beach napuka (20)

Ficus aurea (20)

Mastic (20)

Butterfly bush (20)


The day of the event volunteers would show up to Pelican Harbor Marina around 9am. We would load the Pelican Harbor Skipper with the 100+ plants and volunteers and shuttle them to Pelican Island.

3.) How many people showed up?

We had a total of four events at Pelican Island. The first event was an invasive species removal workday where volunteers and contractors would remove invasive plants like coconut palm, Spanish bayonet, oyster plants, and Brazilian pepper. We had 35 people show up to the first event. The second event was a planting event with 20 volunteers. The third event was a Marina trash clean-up. We had 15 people show up to this event. The fourth and last event was a tree planting. We had 23 people show upthe last planting event.

4.) Were there any organizational partners?

A few FIU clubs show up to support including the FIU Organic Farmer’s Market consortium, FIU Ecology Club, FIU GLADES.

5.) Who is checking on the plants?

During our last event we had a chance to observe the plants we planted during our first planting event. They were growing beautifully! NAM will be observing the plants growing progress in the long term.

6.) Will there be any more plantings in that area?

There is work in progress to replicate this program in other natural protected areas in Miami.