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2017 Community Calendar

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JANUARY 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Underwater in Salem Sound Lecture Series:

"Imagine a World Without Clams: how our New England coastal waters are becoming more acidic

Presenter: Matt Liebman, Ph.D

Environmental Scientist with the US EPA Region 1 (New England) is on the steering committee for the Northeast Coastal Acidification Network (NECAN).

 

Abbot Public Library, lower level meeting room

235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01915

Free and Open to the Public.

 

Ocean and coastal acidification is sometimes called the other CO2 problem. About one quarter of our annual CO2 emissions are absorbed by the oceans and as a result, the oceans have become measurably more acidic. What does this mean for the ocean ecosystem, for shellfish, and for our economy when 2/3 of New England's finfish and shellfish landings revenue are from American lobster and sea scallops? Matt will also explain how coastal processes, such as nutrient enrichment, can make acidification worse, and how researchers, stakeholders and policy makers are working together in New England to better understand ocean and coastal acidification impacts and management responses. As a conclusion he will offer some suggestions of what we can do to help.

 

 

"Underwater in Salem Sound," Lecture Series is jointly sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Abbot Public Library in Marblehead, MA. Three lectures will be presented in 2017, at the Abbot Public Library, on the last Wednesday of the month on January 25th, February 22th, and April 26th from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. All the lectures are free and open to the public.

 

Tuesday, January 31, 6:30pm

Beverly Community Engagement Workshop

Beverly Council on Aging - Senior Center

90 Colon St, Beverly, MA 01915 (map)

Free and Open to the Public.

 

The Beverly Planning Department will be hosting the first of several community egagement workshops in connection with a Coastal Resiliency assessment that is currently underway. The City of Beverly is the recipient of a $89,981 grant from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) to identify potential impacts of sea level rise due to climate change and develop a resiliency strategy to begin to address these potential impacts.

 

In an on-going effort to address the present and future risks of climate change and sea level rise to critical infrastructure, public facilities and residential and commercial uses, the City of Beverly is undertaking an assessment of critical infrastructure most vulnerable to coastal flooding. More information regarding the plan can be found at Beverly Planning.

 

Please come to participate and learn about the potential impacts of our changing climate for the City of Beverly. The community's engagement is crucial. Share your concerns and observations while learning about the potential impacts of climate change on Beverly's coast.

 

FEBRUARY 2017

 
Feb 13 - 17, 2017

DARWIN FESTIVAL
Salem State University Department of Biology

DARWIN FESTIVAL 2017 schedule

The Festival is open to the public. All events are free.

The location for all events is Salem State University's North Campus, 352 Lafayette St., Salem, Massachusetts, 01970. For directions, go to www.salemstate.edu or contact the Biology Department (978-542-6236).

Veterans Hall is located on the 2nd floor of the Ellison Campus Center. Dr. Schuyler G. Slater Lecture Hall (MH 444) is located on the 4th floor of the Frederick A. Meier Arts & Sciences Hall.

 

Thursday, February 16, 7:00 - 8:00pm

Collins Cove Living Shoreline Project

Bentley School Cafetorium

25 Memorial Drive, Salem, MA 01970

Free and Open to the Public.

 

What would a salt marsh look like and how would it function along the Collins Cove bike and walking path?

The City of Salem received a MA Coastal Zone Management Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Grant to design a bioengineered approach to establishing a wave-reducing fringing salt marsh along the path that parallels Webb Street, landward of the existing rock sill.

 

Salem Sound Coastwatch, Chester Engineers and the City of Salem will describe "living shorelines" and the proposed shoreline restoration and stabilization project for Collins Cove.

 

Please attend to learn and share your thoughts about this proposed project.

 

 

Wednesday, February 22, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Underwater in Salem Sound Lecture Series:

"MantaRay - Advancing Research on Marine Debris"

Abbot Public Library, lower level meeting room

235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01915

Free and Open to the Public.

 

Presenter: Ethan Edson, research technician for Northeastern University's Marine Science Center.

 

With what is estimated to be over 250 metric tons of microplastics in the ocean, there is no efficient, cost effective way to research this. The most common method is hiring a research vessel to tow a net to collect these particles, which is very costly. As a Northeastern University student, Ethan Edson created a way to streamline this process, saving time and manpower. He developed the "MantaRay," a sensor to gather and categorize microplastics in the ocean. In his presentation, Ethan will discuss the effects of plastic pollution on our marine ecosystem and current methods used to quantify and measure these effects. He will share his story of how he developed the MantaRay to collect crucial data needed to better understand this problem.

 

Ethan Edson received a B.S. in Marine and Environmental Science in 2015 from Northeastern University. He developed the idea for the "MantaRay" while participating the SEA Semester Program in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He then created the prototype for this microplastic sensor for his Senior Capstone project in 2015. Ethan is now working to commercialize the "MantaRay" sensor and use it to help collect data on the concentrations of microplastics around the world.

 

"Underwater in Salem Sound," Lecture Series is jointly sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Abbot Public Library in Marblehead, MA. Three lectures will be presented in 2017, at the Abbot Public Library, on the last Wednesday of the month on January 25th, February 22th, and April 26th from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. All the lectures are free and open to the public.

 


MARCH 2017

 

Sunday March 12, 2017

 

Boston Sea Rovers Sunday Program
"Raising the Level of Knowledge of the Underwater World" Marine Science and Conservation Public Forum

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Boston North Shore
50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers, MA 01923

This day-long session focuses on marine science, education, and conservation featuring 30 minute presentations on Gulf of Maine underwater habitats, marine protected areas (MPAs), ocean planning, citizen science involvement, and sustainable fisheries. Admission Required - $20 for adults, $10 students. Tickets may be purchased at www.bostonsearovers.com.

 

Free to the Public

11am – 1pm: Marine Science and Conservation Poster Session.
Local college students will be on hand to present research posters that they have presented at scientific meetings to the general public. Posters will be displayed in the hotel meeting rooms lobby area and in the hallways.

 

9AM – noon: Career Opportunities in Marine STEM (COMS) Fair .
Explore career and educational opportunities in marine STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math) based programs. Representatives from will be on hand to provide information on their programs for both undergraduate and graduate opportunities.

 

10am – 3pm: Kid's Day Activities with fun ocean-related activities and presentations during the day. Admission to these special Sunday Kids Day programs for children and adults are FREE! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Art Exhibit – this year, Boston Sea Rovers will honor the 60th Anniversary of the sinking of the Andrea Doria with a special exhibit.

Exhibitor area – the Boston Sea Rovers is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3, all-volunteer, organization dedicated to education, conservation and exploration of the underwater world.

 

Thursday, March 16, 6:00 – 9:00pm

 

PEM/PM Artopia Night

Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street Salem MA

Free for PEM members and Salem residents; $12 general public

 

Ocean night with artists painting in the artrium; contribute to the Tidal Shift by helping us make "jellyfish" in the CREAT spaces. Salem Sound Coastwatch will be there. Come play with us.

 

 
Friday, March 17, 8:00 – 3:30

 

SUSTAINABILITY BY LAND & SEA
Massachusetts Sustainable Communities
& Campuses Conference

Endicott College 295 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915

 

The 2017 Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conferences connects stakeholders from government, education, business, and nonprofits and learners interested in sustainable development. Salem Sound Coastwatch is pleased to be a sponsor & partner along with Endicott College with conference organizer, www.MaSustainableCommunities.com.

OBJECTIVES

  • Engage in cross-sector dialogues
  • Learn from leading experts and peers
  • Go home with knowledge and resources for community and campus sustainability

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Municipal and state government officials and staff  
  • Higher education and K-12 staff, faculty, and students  
  • Business owners, staff, representatives
  • Non-profit and community members and leaders
  • Everyone interested in sustainability 

Schedule & Topics

2017 Eco-Careers Forecast

Posters

Exhibitors discounts til 1/15 & 2/15

Registration:
$45  Early Bird to February 17  ($30 with discount)
$60  February 17 - March 10    ($45 with discount)
$75  Walk-in Registration  (NO DISCOUNTS)
Salem Sound Coastwatch members receive a discount; use SSCW.
Discount code: STUDENT or SENIOR
Teacher & student groups email director, jenboudrie@gmail.com.


Sunday, March 26, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Salem Sound Underground at OPUS Underground

87 Washington Street, Salem MA 01970

 

Join us for another Salem Sound Coastwatch party! A fun evening with friends and making new ones who care about the ocean and Salem Sound.

Free admission - Donations always appreciated to carry on our good work.

Free appetizers. Cash bar.

 

 

 

APRIL 2017

Saturday, April 1, 9:30 - 11:00pm

"Beaches 101" - Adopt a Beach Training

Salem Sound Coastwatch's new office

12 Federal Street, Salem, MA 01970

Free and Open to the Public. RSVP requested (not required).

 

If you love the beach, volunteer for Salem Sound Coastwatch’s Adopt a Beach program! Adopt a Beach volunteers serve as beachkeepers, helping to keep their adopted beach clean on a year-round basis. They prevent trash and litter from becoming marine debris, which pollutes the water.

 

Beachkeepers are also the eyes of the beach. They observe and report on conditions on their beach, and they are trained to look for storm damage, sources of contamination and invasive species.

 

Become a beachkeeper at your favorite beach on your own time schedule.
This training session will give you everything you need to get started.

Program Description (62 KB PDF)


For more information, call us at 978-7900 or info@ salemsound.org.

 
Tuesday, April 4, 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Join us at Flatbread Company

311 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970

 

Enjoy dinner at Flatbread Company while supporting Salem Sound Coastwatch. We will be there, come eat and talk with us.

 

Tuesday, April 18

Celebrate Earth Day!

Come to one of our Marine Debris workshops:
10 - 11:30 am; 1:30 – 3 pm; or 7 – 8:30 pm

Salem Sound Coastwatch's new office

12 Federal Street, Salem, MA 01970

 

Celebrate Earth Day and the recent passage of the plastic bag reduction ordinance in Salem by joining Salem Sound Coastwatch for a Marine Debris Workshop! Come learn why this is such a triumph for not only the community but also the environment and be part of spreading the word.

 

Did you know that nearly 14 million pounds of trash, most of it being plastic, is dumped into our ocean each year? Unlike other materials, plastic does not biodegrade meaning that all plastic in the ocean will stay there. American's use about 100 million single use plastic bags each year. Many end up in the ocean often entangling animals or being mistaken as food.

 

These interactive workshops will cover the effects of marine debris in our local waters, what we can do to prevent marine debris and what Salem's upcoming retail plastic bag ban will mean in reducing plastic pollution.

 

There will be hands-on marine debris activities, including one in collaboration with the Salem Public Space Project that is repurposing plastic grocery bags as a community arts project with an environmental message, entitled Tidal Shift, for the Salem Arts Festival in June.

 

Make a jellyfish or two out of plastic bags;

Transform an old tee shirt into your own reusable bag.

Your jellyfish will join a school of jellyfish floating over Front Street as the Tidal Shift culminates with a public art installation.

 

Suitable for kids. Free for Salem Sound Coastwatch members and children 12 and under; $5 donation for general public. All proceeds will go to Salem Sound Coastwatch. RSVP requested! Each workshop limited to 30 people.

 

Bring plastic grocery bags (if you have them) and a tee shirt(s) for making a reusable bag. We'll have supplies on-hand too.
Questions? 978-741-7900 or info@salemsound.org

 

Wednesday, April 26, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Underwater in Salem Sound Lecture Series:

Now and Then – Eelgrass Distribution and Mapping in Salem Sound

Abbot Public Library, lower level meeting room

235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01915

Free and Open to the Public

 

Presenter: Jill Carr, Fisheries Habitat Specialist at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries lab in Gloucester, MA

 

This past summer, Jill and others from the MA Division of Marine Fisheries conducted side scan mapping surveys of Salem Sound eelgrass meadows to assess and ground-truth the meadows at a higher resolution than aerial imaging. Preliminary results suggest that while some discrete eelgrass beds have seen complete loss over several decades, many eelgrass beds in Salem Sound are larger and more resilient than previously estimated.

 

This is part of a larger study, funded by MassBays, to assess historic eelgrass trends throughout Salem Sound using photo-interpretation methods to delineate eelgrass beds in historic aerial photos and better describe meadow density. Relevant datasets are data mined for water quality, weather, physical disturbance and various biotic variables that may cause or contribute to the eelgrass trends observed in the mapping.

 

Jill's work involves monitoring and restoring subtidal habitats including eelgrass beds and artificial reefs. Jill has worked extensively in Salem Sound restoring grass under the HubLine mitigation project and is currently helping to plan another multi-year planting project.

 

Saturday, April 29, 9 am - 1:00pm

Peabody GreenFest

Captain Samuel Brown School, 150 Lynn Street, Peabody, MA 01960

 

At this free event, exhibitors and experts will be available to answer all kinds of environmental questions--including recycling, sustainable technology, gardening and energy-saving and more. There will also be electronics recycling, confidential paper shredding, and lots of demonstrations. Learn more at http://www.greenpeabody.org/greenfest

 

Stop by the Salem Sound Coastwatch table and say hello and learn about green infrastructure and our School to Sea program.

 

 

MAY 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 7:00 - 8:30pm

"Beaches 101" - Adopt a Beach Training

Salem Sound Coastwatch's new office

12 Federal Street, Salem, MA 01970

Free and Open to the Public. RSVP requested (not required).

 

If you love the beach, volunteer for Salem Sound Coastwatch’s Adopt a Beach program! Adopt a Beach volunteers serve as beachkeepers, helping to keep their adopted beach clean on a year-round basis. They prevent trash and litter from becoming marine debris, which pollutes the water.

 

Beachkeepers are also the eyes of the beach. They observe and report on conditions on their beach, and they are trained to look for storm damage, sources of contamination and invasive species.

 

Become a beachkeeper at your favorite beach on your own time schedule.
This training session will give you everything you need to get started.

Program Description (62 KB PDF)


For more information, call us at 978-7900 or info@ salemsound.org.

 
Saturday, May 20, 10am - noon

Riverhead Beach Clean Up with Marblehead Yacht Club

Join the Marblehead Yacht Club and Salem Sound Coastwatch to clean up the inner harbor.

 

 

 

 JUNE 2017

 

Sunday, June 11

8th Annual Run Walk for the Beach 5K !

Start at Dane Street Beach, Lothrop St, Beverly, MA

 

 

Fast course with ocean views, few rolling hills, one water stop and ocean views along Beverly’s Dane Street Beach.
All proceeds benefit Salem Sound Coastwatch environmentatl programs.


If you are willing to volunteer, contact us at 978-7900 or
info@salemsound.org

 

 

June 13, Tuesday, 6:30–8 pm

Marine Invasive Species Workshop

Winter Island Function Hall, Winter Island Park, Salem, MA

 

Free and open to the Public. Family friendly.

 

See, touch and learn about marine bio-invaders that live in tide pools, on floating docks and on the rocky shoreline. There will be samples of interesting species to look at and touch.

 

Barbara Warren will share SSCW experiences of monitoring marine invasives in Salem Sound for the past thirteen years. Come see invasives up close and personal. An optional trip to the Winter Island tidepool will follow. Be sure to wear shoes that can get wet and are suitable for walking on rocks.

 

RSVP requested (not required). If you don't have a Salem Parks sticker for your car, tell the gate attendant you are attending the Salem Sound Coastwatch workshop.
For more information, call us at 978-7900 or info@ salemsound.org.

 

June 26 - June 30

Teacher Summer Institute 20176
Experience "Place" Like Never Before

PLACE-BASED EDUCATION | WATERSHED SCIENCE | COASTAL ECOLOGY


Immerse yourself in 5 days of place-based learning around the local habitats in the coastal watershed of Salem Sound. You will learn to use the outdoors as a means of delivering your teaching goals and providing opportunities for your students to experience science in their local community, making authentic connections and gaining deeper understandings.

 

Who: Grades 5 – 12 Educators, Formal and Informal
When: 8:30am – 3:30pm
Where: 12 Federal Street, Salem MA
Register: Space is limited so register to be included. There is a $50 deposit that is refundable to you upon completion of the Institute.
The Institute is funded by NOAA B-WET grant!

 

Professional Development: 30 PDPs earned for participating in Institute or 3 graduate credits earned for additional work
(Additional fees apply for PDPs and Graduate Credits through Salem State University)

 

July 2017

 

 

AUGUST 2017

 

August 5, Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
August 6, Sunday 11 am - 5 pm

Salem Maritime Festival

Salem National Historic Site - Derby Wharf, Salem.

 

Stop by the SSCW table to say hello at any time during the day. We’ll also have live critters to look at--invasive species collected from local docks. For More Information: Salem Maritime Festival.

 
Sunday, August 20

12th Annual Swim & Fin – Open Water Swimming Races

 

Salem Harbor

Forest River Park, 98 West Ave, Salem, MA;

 

Join us for SSCW’s annual fundraiser and signature event. It’s very festive and is a great day in the park. There will be music, food, free admission to the park, an underwater touch tank, and of course, races for all ages and levels.

The races are 500 meters, 1 mile and 5k (3.1 miles), with excellent viewing opportunities. For race details and to register will be on swimandfin.org later in the year.  If you are willing to volunteer, contact us at info@salemsound.org or 978-741-7900

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2017

 


 

 

 

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NOVEMBER 2017

 

 

 

DECEMBER 2017

 

December 2, Saturday 8:30 – 10:00 am

Winter Ocean Bird Training Session

Winter Island, Salem MA 01970

For directions, click here to link to a Google Map.

 

Join Salem Sound Coastwatch for this opportunity to view and learn about the many interesting waterfowl, ducks and geese that winter over in Salem Sound's coastal waters. Experienced birders will set up spotting scopes, help you identify the birds, and answer questions.

 

Novices are welcome--no birding experience needed!

Bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at the gazebo at the water's edge in the Winter Island parking lot.

 

The session will be canceled if there is heavy rain or snow.
Make sure you RSVP so we can let you know if we have to cancel.

 

RSVP at info@salemsound.org or 978-741-7900

Free and open to the public.