Press – Coastal Dune Lakes

I was interviewed on the importance of coastal dune lakes by WJHG! See full story below. My name’s not quite right, but that’s okay πŸ™‚ Click here for WJHG story.

Coastal Angler – Grasses in Classes

The first time I met Brittany Tate, Education Coordinator at the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), she was knee-deep in the Choctawhatchee Bay, surrounded by a group of students from the Silver Sands School and AmeriCorps members. We stood at the edge of Ross Marler Park on Okaloosa Island, in the middle of a Grasses in…

Press – NWF State Baseball Team Helps Build Reef

The Northwest Florida State College baseball team took time off the field last Friday to help build oyster reefs in Alaqua Bayou in Walton County. β€œThey were some of the fastest reef builders so far,” said Erika Zambello, communications coordinator for the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance. Read the article on the Northwest Florida Daily News here!

Coastal Angler – Volunteers Build Oyster Reefs in Choctawhatchee Bay

Photo used with permission from the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance. Thigh-deep in the warm, brackish water of the Choctawhatchee Bay, volunteers stood in straight lines. Their arm-lengths connected a barge loaded down with bagged oyster shells to a partially completed oyster reef in Marina Cove, Niceville. Moving as one, volunteers from the barge handed off mesh…

Press – Northwest Florida Daily News

In a recent article about a potential Choctawhatchee Bay Estuary program, Tom McLaughlin discusses work done to prepare for the grant application: “In the months leading up to the release of the RFP, Erika Zambello, Okaloosa’s marine economic and tourist development resource coordinator, enlisted support for the Choctawhatchee Bay estuary program from a wide array…

Press – Winner in National Federation of Press Women’s At-Large Contest

For my article on banding Snowy Plovers, I placed 2nd in the 2017 NFPW At-Large Professional Communications Contest for feature stories in an online publication. Yay! The judge wrote: I appreciate the great detail this writer has given on these birds, their habit[at] and efforts to keep the birds in existence. Despite the clear expertise…