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2017 Community Calendar

January February March April May June
July August September October November December


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.



Feb 13 - 17, 2017

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 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.


Tuesday, February 14, 7:00 - 8:00pm

Collins Cove Living Shoreline Project

Bentley School Cafetorium

25 Memorial Drive, Salem, MA 01970

Free and Open to the Public.



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


Friday, March 17, 8:00 – 3:30


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,


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


  • 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


Exhibitors discounts til 1/15 & 2/15

$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,

Sunday, March 26, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Evening at OPUS


Hold the date for another Salem Sound Coastwatch party!




APRIL 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Join us at Flatbread Company

311 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970



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.



MAY 2017

Sunday, May 21, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Marblehead Natural Landscapes: Risk and Resilience

Marblehead Art Association
8 Hooper St, Marblehead
, MA 01945.


A symposium will be held in conjunction with Marblehead Conservancy and the Marblehead Arts Association exhibit of silk paintings and photography by Susan Quateman and Leslie Bartlett that showcase the 'natural strongholds' of Marblehead's coastal and inland resources, and of Cape Ann's coastal and inland quarry landscapes.


Barbara Warren and others will address risks to resilience posed by global warming, sea level rise, spread of invasive plants and extreme weather bringing drought, floods, and extreme snowfalls.



 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



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@


June 26 - June 30

Teacher Summer Institute 20176
Experience "Place" Like Never Before


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 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 later in the year.  If you are willing to volunteer, contact us at or 978-741-7900




















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 or 978-741-7900

Free and open to the public.