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JANUARY 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Underwater in Salem Sound Lecture Series:

"Winter Waterfowl at the Salem Sound Underwater Diner!"

llustrated Talk by Dr. Robert Buchsbaum

Conservation Scientist, Massachusetts Audubon Society

Abbot Public Library, lower level meeting room

235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01915

Free and Open to the Public.

 

Most people associate loons with Maine lakes, but, right now, these same loons can be seen in Salem Sound, along with many other fascinating waterfowl visible in Salem Sound only during the winter. Robert will introduce us to Common and Red-throated Loons, Surf Scoters, Buffleheads, Red-breasted Mergansers and more. These water fowl come south to our region from the cold Arctic because, below the surface, Salem Sound abounds with fish, snails, mussels and underwater plants. Salem Sound is their winter restaurant!

 

Dr. Robert Buchsbaum has worked at Mass Audubon for over 25 years. Last year, Robert shared his coastal expertise on salt marshes. We welcome Robert back to share his knowledge of waterfowl and the habitats they feed in. He has a Ph.D. in Marine Ecology from Boston University and is Co-principal Investigator, Plum Island Ecosystems LTER (Long Term Ecological Research).

 

"Underwater in Salem Sound," Lecture Series, a continuation of the lecture series held in 2013, jointly sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Abbot Public Library in Marblehead, MA. Four lectures will be presented in 2014, at the Abbot Public Library, on the last Wednesday of each month, from January through April, (January 29th, February 26th, March 26th, and April 30th) from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. All the lectures are free and open to the public. This Lecture Series is funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET). MET is funded through the sale of environmental license plates. Every Massachusetts driver who purchases one of the "Preserve the Trust" license plates is contributing to the Trust and to the state's environmental well-being. The Lecture Series is part of a MET grant awarded to Salem Sound Coastwatch, a local nonprofit watershed protection organization, to study the issue of turbidity in Salem Harbor over the next two and a half years. Turbidity, which is cloudiness in the water column, affects the ability of the water to sustain marine life. Dr. Brad Hubeny of Salem State University's Geological Science Department is the principal investigator along with Barbara Warren, Salem Sound Coastwatch Executive Director.

 

FEBRUARY 2014

February 10 - 14

2014 Darwin Festival
Salem State University Department of Biology

Schedule of Events on SSU website includes

Monday 3:05pm, Veterans Hall
'JAWS' REVISITED: NEW INSIGHTS INTO THE ECOLOGY OF THE WHITE SHARK IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC" – Gregory Skomal, Senior Marine Fisheries Biologist, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

 

Tuesday 1:40pm, Slater Lecture Hall: Movie "Chasing Ice"

 

Wednesday 10:50am, Veterans Hall

"LIFE IN THE 'PLASTISPHERE': THE ECOLOGY OF PLASTIC MARINE DEBRIS" – Erik Zettler, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole MA.

 

Thursday 10:50am, Veterans Hall
"THE REALITY OF CLIMATE CHANGE: ADAPTATION PLANNING FOR COASTLINES" – Paul Kirshen, Department of Civil Engineering, University of New Hampshire, Durham NH.

 

Thursday 1:40pm, Slater Lecture Hall - Movie "Bag It!"

 

Friday 1:40pm, Veterans Hall

"SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES – WHAT THE PERMIAN-TRIASSIC MASS EXTINCTION TELLS US ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE AND EARTH'S FUTURE" – Robyn Hannigan, School for the Environment, University of Massachusetts, Boston, Boston MA.

 

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

Underwater in Salem Sound Lecture Series:

"History Revealed by the Sea Floor"

Illustrated Talk by Dr. Brad Hubeny -

Geological Sciences, Salem State University

Abbot Public Library, lower level meeting room

235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01915

Free and Open to the Public.

 

Did you know that sediments deposited on sea floor can create a historical record of environmental conditions in the surrounding community? Professor Brad Hubeny is an environmental geoscientist who uses sediment records that have accumulated at the bottom of lakes and estuaries to reconstruct past human influences including pollution. In this presentation, he will share the story of Salem Sound as revealed by sediments near the sewage outfall off Great Haste Island.

Dr. Hubeny, a specialist in coastal oceanographic research, received a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School Of Oceanography. He is widely published and manages the Salem State University Environmental Sedimentology Laboratory and the Viking Environmental Stable Isotope Laboratory. He has been collaborating with Salem Sound Coastwatch since 2010, collecting data on water quality, sampling sediments and is currently conducting a three-year study of turbidity in Salem Harbor with Salem Sound Coastwatch.

 

 

"Underwater in Salem Sound," Lecture Series, a continuation of the lecture series held in 2013, jointly sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Abbot Public Library in Marblehead, MA. Four lectures will be presented in 2014, at the Abbot Public Library, on the last Wednesday of each month, from January through April, (January 29th, February 26th, March 26th, and April 30th) from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. All the lectures are free and open to the public. This Lecture Series is funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET). MET is funded through the sale of environmental license plates. Every Massachusetts driver who purchases one of the "Preserve the Trust" license plates is contributing to the Trust and to the state's environmental well-being. The Lecture Series is part of a MET grant awarded to Salem Sound Coastwatch, a local nonprofit watershed protection organization, to study the issue of turbidity in Salem Harbor over the next two and a half years. Turbidity, which is cloudiness in the water column, affects the ability of the water to sustain marine life. Dr. Brad Hubeny of Salem State University's Geological Science Department is the principal investigator along with Barbara Warren, Salem Sound Coastwatch Executive Director.

 


MARCH 2014

Thursday, March 6, 7:00pm

Maritime Gloucester TALKS "Oceans and Climate Change"

Illustrated Talk by Barbara Warren
Executive Director, Salem Sound Coastwatch

 

Maritime Gloucester Gorton's Seafoods Gallery

23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA 01930

 

Oceans are the life blood of the planet. The oceans, which play a key role in mitigating climate change, also bear the brunt of climate change. Barbara will give an ovferview of the ways that climate change is affecting the oceans and marine life, particularly around New England waters.

 

All presentations are free and open to the public with donations to Maritime Gloucester appreciated. For advance online reservations, call 978 281 0470.

 
Friday, March 21, 10:00am - noon

Salem State University Explorers LLI Friday Coffee

"Oceans and Climate Change"

Illustrated Talk by Barbara Warren
Executive Director, Salem Sound Coastwatch

 

Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute of Salem State University

10 Federal Street, Suite 10, Salem MA 01970

Free and Open to the Public and No registration required.
Parking available in the Museum Place Garage in downtown Salem

 

Oceans are the life blood of the planet. The oceans, which play a key role in mitigating climate change, also bear the brunt of climate change. Barbara will give an ovferview of the ways that climate change is affecting the oceans and marine life, particularly around New England waters.

 

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

Underwater in Salem Sound Lecture Series:

"Changing Climate, Changing Fishes"

Illustrated Talk by Dr. Mike Armstrong
Assistant Director, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries

 

Abbot Public Library lower level meeting room

235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01915

Free and Open to the Public


Although Dr. Armstrong has worked throughout the east coast, he has special attachment to Salem Sound as he grew up on the North Shore and spent many hours as a youth catching mackerel and flounder from the Salem Willows pier. Different species of fish are swimming in our waters these days. The flounder are harder to find, but last year we had a bumper crop of squid. Dr. Armstrong will share with us his knowledge of the changing fish populations and how changing water temperatures are now adding another factor into what is determining the mix of local fish species.


Dr. Armstrong is the Assistant Director at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and lives in Salem Sound.  He has spent 30 years studying marine fishes in the U.S. with special emphasis on estuarine assemblages, flounders, and diadromous fishes. 

 

 

APRIL 2014

 

April 22, Tuesday

Earth Day

More events will be scheduled for April.

 

 

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

Underwater in Salem Sound Lecture Series:

"Shellfish, Shellfish Everywhere and Not a Clam to Eat!"

Illustrated Talk by Barbara Warren - Executive Director, Salem Sound Coastwatch

 

Abbot Public Library, lower level meeting room

235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01915

Free and Open to the Public

 

Did you know that there are 7 kinds of edible shellfish that live in Salem Sound?  And yet none of them are edible! At this presentation, Barbara Warren, Executive Director of Salem Sound Coastwatch, will talk about the state of the shellfish beds in Salem Sound, the important ecological functions they provide and what we can expect in the future. She will also share preliminary results of a current quahog study at Forest River Park in Salem and Riverhead Beach in Marblehead.

 

Barbara Warren has been with SSCW over 10 years and is Salem Sound Regional Coordinator for the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program. She has a M.S. in Environmental Science from Antioch New England and a M.A. in Education from Lesley University. She was awarded an Environmental Merit Award by EPA New England for her dedication to improving the Salem Sound water quality and wetland resources and is a recipient of the Salem State University’s “Friend of the Earth” award. In her spare time, she helps out her husband and son in their family kayak manufacturing business, Warren Light Craft, and loves kayaking in Salem Sound.

 

MAY 2014

 
May 1-3, Thursday through Saturday

New England Estuarine Research Society -
NEERS Spring Meeting

Salem Waterfront Hotel, Salem MA

~12 p.m. Thursday, May 1 to ~12 p.m. Saturday, May 3
Post-meeting field trips will be offered Saturday afternoon.

 

NEERS is a non-profit organization with a wide ranging membership from scientific and educational institutions, federal, state, and municipal agencies, and nonprofit organizations. The purpose of the society is to bring together persons actively engaged in estuarine and coastal research and management for informal discussion and exchange of ideas. NEERS meets in the spring of every year. Meetings usually begin with a special symposium to focus upon issues of a topical or regional nature. This is followed by 1-1/2 days of regular sessions. NEERS supports today's students in many ways, recognizing that they are tomorrow's estuarine scientists and managers.

 

For more information, see NEERS.org

 
May 3, Saturday 9 am - 1 pm

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 at the Higgins Middle School.

 
May 8, Thursday evening 7:00 - 8:30pm

Eelgrass and Conservation Moorings

Manchester Yacht Club, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

15 Tucks Point Rd, Manchester, MA 01944

Free and open to the public.

 

Tay Evans, MarineFisheries marine biologist and eelgrass specialist, will share her vast knowledge of eelgrass, restoration and conservation moorings.

 

Dave Merrill of ecomooringsystems.com will be on hand to discuss conservation moorings in detail and answer questions.

 

Harbormaster Bion Pike will address the logistics of the new conservation moorings in Area G and share information on conservation moorings in Area F.

 

For more information contact us at 978-741-7900, or info@ salemsound.org.

 

 

May 15, Thursday evening 6:30 - 8:00pm

Free Workshop on Marine Invasive Species

Community Function Hall at Winter Island, Salem MA

 

Directions to Winter Island: Come into Salem and take either Derby Street or Webb Street to Fort Avenue. Turn right onto Winter Island Road before you reach Salem Willows.

 

Bio-invaders. They're not from outer space. But they are from other parts of the globe and they can harm our marine ecosystem. Salem Sound is home to many marine bio-invaders. They're found in tidepools, along the rocky shoreline, and on floating docks.

 

Barbara Warren will share SSCW experiences of monitoring marine invasives in Salem Sound for the past ten 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, email info@ salemsound.org or call 978-741-7900.

 
Thursday, May 22, 11:00am - 12:30pm

Salem Sound Marine Invasive Watch

Lynch Park, 55 Ober St, Beverly, MA 01915

(meet in the parking lot)

 

We will be conducting a marine invasive species survey of the rocky intertidal, where we will set up 4 random quadrats and record everything that is living in the square. Then we will do a marine invasive species survey of the area. To learn more about the technique, read our online Monitoring Guide pages 12-17

Learners of all ages are welcome.

 

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

 

Thursday, May 22, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Adopt a Beach Training - for all

Beverly Farms Public Library - Conrad Room downstairs

24 Vine Street, Beverly Farms, MA 01915

 

 

Become a beachkeeper at your favorite beach with our Adopt a Beach program. This training session will give you everything you need to get started. Please let us know what beach you would like to adopt by emailing info@salemsound.org or calling 978-741-7900.

Don't know which beach, come and learn about the existing beach teams.

Program Description (62 KB PDF)

 

Tuesday, May 27, 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Adopt a Beach Training - for all

Marblehead Charter School

17 Lime St, Marblehead, MA 01945

map to school

 

Become a beachkeeper at your favorite beach with our Adopt a Beach program. This training session will give you everything you need to get started. Please let us know what beach you would like to adopt by emailing info@salemsound.org or calling 978-741-7900.

Don't know which beach, come and learn about the existing beach teams.

Program Description (62 KB PDF)

 

 

 JUNE 2014

 
Sunday, June 8 - World Ocean Day

5th Annual Run 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.
Music, food, kids' races and more! All proceeds benefit Salem Sound Coastwatch's Adopt a Beach program.
For more information, coming soon.
If you are willing to volunteer, contact us at 978-7900 or
info@ salemsound.org

 

Wednesday, June 18, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Underwater in Salem Sound Lecture Series:

A Bonus Lecture - Andrew Martinez
New England Marine Life - Underwater Photography

Abbot Public Library

235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01915

Free and Open to the Public

 

Andrew Martinez, diver, photographer and author, will share his spectacular underwater photographs with us. Andy, a Wenham resident, has been diving in New England waters for more than 40 years. He has compiled one of the most extensive collections of high quality images of marine life behavior from New England to Eastern Canada. His book, Marine Life of the North Atlantic, is considered the best guide to this region and is now in its 4th edition with more than 200 new photographs. http://www.andrewjmartinez.com

 

 

Monday, June 23, 2:00 - 3:00pm

Salem Sound Marine Invasive Watch

Winter Island tidepool, 50 Winter Island Road, Salem, MA 01970

(meet in the parking lot)

 

We will be conducting a marine invasive species survey of the tidepool as we have done for the past nine years. This is a good opportunity to learn about tidepools and who lives in them. Learners of all ages are welcome.

 

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

 

 

JULY 2014

Wednesday, July 9, 8:00 - 10:30am

Salem Sound Invasive Pepperweed Pulls

Danvers River - Kernwood Cove, Salem

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

 

Monday, July 14, 10:30 - 11:30am

Salem Sound Marine Invasive Watch

Dock Monitoring in Salem

(meet in the Blaney Street parking lot, off Derby Street where the Salem Ferry docks)

 

We will be conducting a marine invasive species survey of docks in Salem.

We have online materials to help you learn or improve your species identification skills. You must let us know if you want to participate.

Adults only for this survey.

 

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

 

 

Monday, July 21, 1:00 - 2:00pm

Salem Sound Marine Invasive Watch

Winter Island tidepool, 50 Winter Island Road, Salem, MA 01970

(meet in the parking lot)

Then over to Beverly Pier, if you like, to look at a floating dock.

 

We will be conducting a marine invasive species survey of the tidepool as we have done for the past ten years. This is a good opportunity to learn about tidepools and who lives in them. Learners of all ages are welcome.

 

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

 

Thursday, July 31, 8:15 - 9:30am

Salem Sound Marine Invasive Watch

Lynch Park, 55 Ober St, Beverly, MA 01915

(meet in the parking lot)

 

We will be conducting a marine invasive species survey of the rocky intertidal, where we will set up 4 random quadrats and record everything that is living in the square. Then we will do a marine invasive species survey of the area. To learn more about the technique, read our online Monitoring Guide pages 12-17

Learners of all ages are welcome.

 

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

 


AUGUST 2014

Monday, August 18, 10:00 - 11:30am
Salem Sound Marine Invasive Watch

Dock Monitoring in Salem

(meet in the Blaney Street parking lot, off Derby Street where the Salem Ferry docks)

 

We will be conducting a marine invasive species survey of docks in Salem.

We have online materials to help you learn or improve your species identification skills. You must let us know if you want to participate.

Adults only for this survey.

 

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

 

 

Wednesday, August 20, 1:30 - 3:00pm

Salem Sound Marine Invasive Watch

Winter Island tidepool, 50 Winter Island Road, Salem, MA 01970

(meet in the parking lot)

Then over to Beverly Pier, if you like, to look at a floating dock.

 

We will be conducting a marine invasive species survey of the tidepool as we have done for the past ten years. This is a good opportunity to learn about tidepools and who lives in them. Learners of all ages are welcome.

 

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

 
Saturday, August 23

9th 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 2014

Friday, September 5, 1:30 - 3:00pm

Salem Sound Marine Invasive Watch

Lynch Park, 55 Ober St, Beverly, MA 01915

(meet in the parking lot)

 

We will be conducting a marine invasive species survey of the rocky intertidal, where we will set up 4 random quadrats and record everything that is living in the square. Then we will do a marine invasive species survey of the area. To learn more about the technique, read our online Monitoring Guide pages 12-17

Learners of all ages are welcome.

 

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

 
Saturday, September 20

Trails and Sails – Beach Seining Demonstration

11:00 am, Forest River Park, Salem

What fish live in Salem Harbor? At this beach seining demonstration, Salem Sound Coastwatch staff and volunteers will walk a large seining net into the water and then drag it back to shore where we'll lay it out, gather around to examine the catch, and talk about what we found. Seining is used by marine scientists to gather information about species living in a body of water. SSCW staff will answer questions and share information about the Salem Sound estuary, marine habitats and the ecology of Salem Sound.

Free and all ages welcome.

 

Join one of our COASTSWEEP beach clean ups.

Contact us at 978-7900 or info@ salemsound.org

 

 

 

OCTOBER 2014

  

Call for COASTSWEEP beach clean ups.

 

NOVEMBER 2014

 

DECEMBER 2014