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Lighting the Way with Wind and Solar: Pathways to a Sustainable Energy Future 

MITS, Inc. in collaboration with the Lloyd Center for the Environment and the South Shore Natural Science Center, will be holding a two-day workshop for grades 4-8 educators on March 17th and 18th. It will highlight inquiry-based activities that engage participants in hands-on, minds-on learning. Click here for more information.
Don’t miss their summer professional development series as well.

Gundalow Gatherings

On April 29th, Seven dinners on the same night at friends’ homes. Each dinner includes a presenter whose topic is connected to our mission. This year the theme is Voyaging to Rivers, Bays and Oceans worldwide. Humans and the oceans are inextricably linked.  Click here for more information.

Marine Science and Mosaic Art Program

The Northeastern University Marine Science Center presents the Marine Science and Mosaic Art Program – April 18-21. Students in grades 7-12 are invited to join us to learn about local and far away marine habitats, and build a marine mosaic representing these habitats.  Click here for more information.

Hurricane Island Summer Programs

The Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership provides extraordinary opportunities to discover what it takes to make a difference in the world – as students, scientists, citizens, and leaders! Sitting 12 miles off the coast of Rockland, ME, this beautiful off-the-grid community is an ideal setting for middle and high school programs in science, sustainability, and leadership. Our hands-on 1-2 week summer programs invite students to immerse themselves in the natural world, challenging them to explore and ask questions like trained naturalists in marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Programs are small (with a maximum of 12 students) and are led by trained field scientists and educators, providing a level of instructor expertise and maturity you won’t find in other summer experiences. We have programs in Sustainability (HS), Marine Biology (HS and MS), and Island Ecology (HS and MS). Financial Aid is available! No day is complete without hiking, swimming, sailing, or rock climbing. Come participate in our field science and leadership programs and make memories and friendships that last a lifetime! Visit our website, email programs@hurricaneisland.net, or call 207 867 6050 for more information and to register! 
 
 
 
Are you interested in becoming a bird bander? This year Hurricane Island is happy to offer Beginner Bird Banding and Advanced Bird Banding workshops taught by world-class instructors from The Institute for Bird PopulationsBird banding data are useful in both research and management projects. By banding birds, we can identify individuals and track their dispersal and migration, behavior and social structure, life-span and survival rate, and reproductive success and population growth. Visit our website, email programs@hurricaneisland.net, or call 207 867 6050 for more information and to register!

Massachussetts Marine Educator’s upcoming events

MME Annual Meeting in Woods Hole
Register now for the Annual Meeting and Conference at WHOI
Please mark your calendar for MME’s 41st Annual Meeting and Conference in Woods Hole at WHOI’s Clark Building, Quissett Campus, which will be held on Saturday, April 8th from 8:30am to 4:15pm.
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
  • Kara Dodge, WHOI Guest Investigator
    Insights into Leatherback Behavior using Tags, Cameras and Robots
  • Ken Kostel, WHOI Web Science Writer/Editor
    Hands Across the Water: Introducing Students to Science at Sea
WORKSHOPS
  • Seabird CSI: Using Chemical Tools to Study the Biology of Seabirds
  • How Do We Explore?
  • Turtle TLC: Using Sea Turtles, Cape Cod Sea Turtle Strandings, and Turtle
  • Tour of WHOI’s New High Speed Mass Spectrometry Laboratory
  • Using Atlantic Salmon Telemetry Data and Developing Stream Obstruction Bypass
  • The Educational Whale Watch
  • Discovering Oceanography and Meteorology with Real-Time NERACOOS Buoy Data
RECEPTION
  • All are invited to a networking reception at SEA Education immediately following the conference.
For more information, including descriptions of each session and an event flyer, please visit our website! Please help us to spread the word about this exciting event.
MME Marine Art Contest
The annual MME Marine Art Contest is now underway, and the theme for this year is “Exploring the Marine Biodiversity of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.” There are five contest divisions: K-4, 5-8, 9-12, scientific illustration, and computer graphics.
Winning entries will be posted on the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary website (http://stellwagen.noaa.gov), as well as used by the sanctuary and MME in their outreach programs. Notification and certificates will be sent to the participating teachers or individual students at their schools.
Click here for an event flyer and application form. Please share and/or post with your colleagues! Winning entries from 2016 can be viewed here.
The annual MA Marine Educators’ annual marine art contest is underway with a deadline of April 28. All students in grades K-12 are invited to participate. Entry is free. The theme is “Exploring marine biodiversity at Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.” Winning art is incorporated into an annual calendar and tours the region in a traveling exhibit. Click here for more information.

Ocean Science & Technology Class Field Trip Opportunity in Woods Hole

Zephyr Education Foundation is once again hosting school class field trips in Woods Hole.
The program consists of a hands-on 1 1/2 hour scientific cruise on Vineyard Sound, time spent in WHOI’s specimen tank room, a tour of one of the scientific docks, and time with our Augmented Reality Coastal Processes Modeling System. Visits to WHOI’s Exhibit Center and NOAA’s Science Aquarium can also be arranged. Each year over 2000 students come to Woods Hole and participate in our program. See our website www.zephyrmarine.org and/or email Rob at rreynolds@zephyrmarine.org

New England Science and Sailing Professional Development Series

Join a NESS Educator on a Professional Development Ocean Science Adventure! New this year; choose between weekday evenings or weekend days. Register for five or more days to receive a 10% discount on a 2016-2017 NESS academic program! Can’t do five days? Receive a 5% discount for participating in at least two days!

Adventure Field Science: Weekend Professional Development; Sundays 9:00-12:00 $60.00/ Session

Would you like to learn how to connect your students to the local marine environment in an innovative and adventurous way? Or how to expand the learning experience beyond the boundaries of the classroom and into the natural environment? Then come and venture out into the field and learn how New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) has been teaching engaging STEM-education in an adventurous way and creating ocean stewards for the last 10 years. Each day will focus on how to successfully guide a group of students through hands-on learning, which is connected and relevant to the NGSS and Ocean Literacy Standards. Participants will meet at each location except on boat days where the meeting location is NESS. Boat days are limited to 6 participants.

Break Out of the Classroom: Weekday Professional Development; Mondays 5:00-7:00 $40.00/ Session

Have you always wanted to do a NESS school program but aren’t sure if it meets your class’s academic goals? This is the program for you! Join a NESS Educator to learn how to expand some of our most popular water based programs into your classroom to engage pre-learning content or continue the learning long after your NESS adventure!

NESS Fest

Sat Jun 24th 11:00am – 3:00pm
New England Science & Sailing Foundation, 70 Water St, Stonington, CT 06378

New England Science & Sailing (NESS) Foundation will be holding their fifth annual NESS Fest on Saturday, June 24, from 11am-3pm, at 70 Water Street in Stonington. This festive event features fun activities including sailing, kayaking, and stand up

Date

Location

Topic

5/7/2017

Barn Island, Stonington, CT

Marsh Exploration and Forest Dynamics

6/4/2017

BOAT DAY – Sandy Point

Bird Population Studies and Snorkeling

Date

NESS Program

Take-Away

4/17/2017

Kayak Adventures

Density Dynamics and Boat Building Activities

paddle boarding. NESS Fest participants are welcome to enjoy ocean adventure activities and giveaways, tour the facilities, meet the staff, and learn more about NESS’s summer programs. No prior experience in water sports is necessary and participants will be supervised by trained and experienced NESS staff members.

This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, call 860-535-9362 or visit www.nessf.org.

Boston Harbor & Islands Science Symposium

April 11-12, 2017

Join colleagues from around the region for two days of networking and learning about what we study and how we study the Boston Harbor estuary and islands. The event will feature field trips, a Science Café, keynote presentations, lightning talks, panels, concurrent presentations, and panels. Keynote speakers are Anne Giblin from the Marine Biological Laboratory and Rich Batiuk from the Chesapeake Bay Program. The event is hosted by the National Parks of Boston and the Boston Harbor Habitat Coalition with additional sponsorship from Boston Harbor Now, Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program, Northeastern University, and UMass Boston. For more information, please visit http://tinyurl.com/bh-isymposium.

 

Ocean Literacy and the Red Knot

by Carole McCauley
Northeastern University Marine Science Center, Nahant, MA

The long and tenuous journey of a migrating shorebird, the red knot, is the subject of a new book by Gloucester, MA-based writer and environmentalist, Deborah Cramer. “The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab & an Epic Journey” is a highly informative narrative of Cramer’s treks from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic, where she tracks – over the course of a migration season – the movements of an intrepid sandpiper, the red knot, one of six subspecies of Calidris sandpipers.

Poignant is the parallel between the distance and conditions this improbable sandpiper endures to reach its goal and the learning journeys facilitated by marine educators. This may be particularly true of the journeys of underserved youth, whose environmental education may be challenged by sporadic engagement, competition for limited resources, and the requirement that many ingredients synchronize in the recipe for environmental literacy.  These audiences are less likely to have well-stocked feeding grounds for learning and inspiration.

The red knot, recently designated as a Threatened Species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, faces similar challenges – reduced feeding habitat, long stretches flying between recharges, and increasingly limited resources on the ground to sustain life – particularly tight competition for a decreasing volume of prey. The story of the red knot is as prolific and compelling as more universally known chronicles of animal migration such as those of the sea turtles or Monarch butterflies. “The Narrow Edge” details key facets of red knot biology (e.g., how they are uniquely adapted to double their weight to prepare for a long flight), critical details of their ideal prey (e.g., “superfood” horesehoe crab eggs), and numerous threats to the life-sustaining habitats required by knots and their prey at every stop in their lengthy journey.

Indeed, to understand the incredible and varied conditions required for the red knot to exist, voluminous research is presented that presents and synthesizes content related to most of the Ocean Literacy Principles, particularly related to the finite resources of the ocean, meteorology and climate, nutrient cycling, biodiversity and ecosystems, the interconnectedness of humans and marine resources, and the need for research and discovery. The book is also full of accounts of everyday heroes devoted, in various ways, to shorebird conservation – from an Olympic athlete-turned-biologist to a wealthy estate owner to field biologists to a military veteran for whom half a lifetime of shoreline monitoring was the balm that eased his post traumatic stress.

This compelling account of the red knot is one worth telling, carefully pulling together and presenting the Essential Principles of Ocean Literacy in a story that is not without hope and inspiration, the fuel that even marine educators need when flying long and hard through our busy seasons.

See Deborah Cramer speak about her new book at the following events:

New England Aquarium 

Thursday, Sept. 24nd, 7:00 p.m.

 

Mystic Aquarium

Tuesday, Oct. 6th, 6:30pm

 

NNOCCI Spring 2016 study circles now accepting applications

 

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A Professional Development Opportunity: Application now open for Study Circles Spring 2016

For informal educators with an interest in climate change focused on ocean or coastal issues, a fully funded program for strategic climate change communication.

Visit www.neaq.org/NNOCCI  or www.nnocci.org for more information and to apply.  The application deadline is Sept. 28, 2015.

Please encourage colleagues to apply and share with your own networks.