CARRYING FORWARD A CONSERVATION LEGACY - The University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc. Community Conservation for Wading Birds and Oyster Reefs - We have been engaged in community-based oyster restoration for over thirteen years, and our efforts have added over ten million oysters to the Indian River Lagoon on the east coast of Central Florida. We are especially excited about our current funding from Disney that includes three focal areas: 1) continuing our restoration efforts with eco-friendly materials; 2) use of the best science to understand the impact of restoration on threatened/endangered wading birds, with a focus on the birds foraging capacity on restored, natural, and dead oyster reefs; and 3) partnering with young citizen-scientists at Nemours Childrens Hospital to process the thousands of bird photos that we have obtained from our restoration area to understand abundance, diversity, and habitat utilization. Linda Walters, Ph.D.Project Lead, University of Central Floridaopposite:A University of Central Florida undergraduate collaborates with a young citizen-scientist at Nemours Childrens Hospital in Orlando, Florida. Their collective goal is to process large numbers of photographs of threatened/endangered wading birds using restored ecosystems.