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JANUARY 2015

Thursday, January 22, 8:30 - 10:30am

North Coastal Bacterial TMDL and MS4

Peabody Institute Library, Gordon Room

15 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923

Free and Open to the Public

 

TMDL stands for Total Maximum Daily Load and all the North Coastal Watershed which extends from Salisbury down to Revere is under a TMDL for Pathogens, that is, BACTERIA. What does this mean and how does it relate to MS4 permits?

This informational session is a great opportunity to learn what this means for our communities as they manage stormwater that flows into our coastal waters. We are pleased to have both representatives from MassDEP and EPA provide a TMDL overview and implementation, plus what this means for stormwater permitting. Andrea Traviglia will provide implementation possibilities while Barbara Warren will share some local initiatives.

1. TMDL Program Overview, Development and Implementation

Presentation by

Christine Duerring, MassDEP TMDL Section Chief

 

2. Stormwater Permitting and Implementation of Best Management Practices
Presentation by

Andrea Traviglia, EPA, Massachusetts TMDL and 303d Coordinator

 

3. Local Case Studies for the Reduction of Bacteria

Presentation by

Barbara Warren, MassBays Regional Coordinator for the Lower North Shore & Salem Sound Coastwatch Executive Director

 

In 2012, EPA approved this bacteria limiting TMDL that was written and submitted by MassDEP (Department of Environmental Protection) in 2010 after studying water quality and conducting public comment for many years.

 

There will be time for questions and community exchange. This is being held in conjunction with the MAPC North Shore Taskforce.

 

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

 

Rescheduled to April 29 due to snow
Wednesday, January 28, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Underwater in Salem Sound Lecture Series:

"Rock, Gravel, Sand - The Geology of Our Local Beaches"

Presenters: Dr. Lindley Hanson

Professor of Geology, Salem State University

 

Abbot Public Library, lower level meeting room

235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01915

Free and Open to the Public.

 

Have you ever noticed that our local beaches can vary from largely mud, sand, gravel or sometimes boulders? And that each beach takes on a different form?  What causes these variations? How and why does each beach respond differently to storm activity?  Dr. Lindley Hanson, from Salem State University Geological Science Department, will describe and explain the array of beaches on the North Shore to address the variability and dynamics of our local beaches. In addition, she will show evidence of a higher sea level in our past and discuss the future of our beaches with expected sea level rise.

 

Dr. Hanson is a geomorphologist with a thorough understanding of  New England geology and recently gave a lecture at the Northeast Marine Science Center on Barrier Beaches. She is also investigating the role of climate change and urbanization on increased flooding in New England. In her spare time, she explores different ways of presenting content for all age groups and has completed some intriguing online glogs. She has a Ph.D. in Geology from Boston University with the fields of study in Regional Geology and Sedimentation and Stratigraphy. Her M.A. in Geology is also from Boston University with concentrations in Hydrology, Geomorphology and Coastal Geology.

 

"Underwater in Salem Sound," Lecture Series, begun in 2013, is jointly sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Abbot Public Library in Marblehead, MA. Four lectures will be presented in 2015, at the Abbot Public Library, on the last Wednesday of each month, from January through April, (January 29th, February 25th, March 25th, and April 29th) from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. All the lectures are free and open to the public.

 

We are pleased to be able to continue the Lecture Series that was originally funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET). MET is funded through the sale of environmental license plates.

 

FEBRUARY 2015

February 9 - 13

2015 Darwin Festival
Salem State University Department of Biology

Schedule of Events on SSU website includes

 

 

Tuesday, February 10, 7:00 - 8:15pm

Public Lecture - - Organic Pollutants in the Ocean: How do they End Up on our Dinner Plates?

Presented by Dr. Loretta Fernandez, Assistant Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University

Northeastern University Marine Science Center, Murphy Bunker Classroom

430 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA 01908

Free and Open to the Public; sponsored by ME Marine Science Center

 

Persistent organic pollutants include pesticides, oils, flame retardants, herbicides, and innumerable other products and byproducts of modern civilization. As their name implies, these compounds are highly stable, making them long-lived and able to be transported throughout the biosphere in our fluid atmosphere and oceans. Determining how likely chemicals from a given contaminated site are to be transferred to the tissues of native organisms is a question scientists have been struggling to answer for decades. Progress in methods of sampling environmental compartments such as natural waters and sediments has identified a promising indicator of that likelihood, freely-dissolved concentrations.

 

 

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

Underwater in Salem Sound Lecture Series:

"On the Rocks - Life Underwater"

Presenters: Ted Maney

Marine Biologist, Salem State University

 

Abbot Public Library, lower level meeting room

235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01915

Free and Open to the Public.

 

A variety of sea creatures live on the ocean floor and cling to the underwater rocks and hard surfaces. Influxes of newcomers have created a competition for this limited real estate. In this presentation, Salem State University Marine Biologist and SCUBA diver, Ted Maney, will share the results of long-term ecological monitoring projects at rocky subtidal communities including nearby Halfway Rock and off East Point in Nahant.

 

He will also describe efforts to set up an offshore mussel farm on sub-tidal long lines in the Gulf of Maine.

 

Ted Maney is a biology instructor and underwater researcher at Salem State University. He was previously the Diving Safety Officer at Northeastern University and is a past President of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS). Ted has been training scientific divers and conducting underwater research for over 30 years. Current research projects involve offshore mussel aquaculture and benthic marine ecology studies of rock walls, kelp beds, and eel grass communities. Ted earned his M.S. at UMass Boston studying the ecology of the marine gastropod Lacuna vincta and its role as a member of the kelp bed community.

 

"Underwater in Salem Sound," Lecture Series, begun in 2013, is jointly sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Abbot Public Library in Marblehead, MA. Four lectures will be presented in 2015, at the Abbot Public Library, on the last Wednesday of each month, from January through April, (January 29th, February 25th, March 25th, and April 29th) from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. All the lectures are free and open to the public.

 

We are pleased to be able to continue the Lecture Series that was originally funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET). MET is funded through the sale of environmental license plates.

 


MARCH 2015

Friday & Saturday, March 6 thru 7

Boston Sea Rovers Clinic

Doubletree Hotel in Danvers

Details at bostonsearovers.com

Day time talks and Saturday evening film festival.

 

The Boston Sea Rovers hosts a yearly show dedicated to raising public awareness of the underwater world. The annual Boston Sea Rovers Clinic is the New England's premier dive show and attracts over 3,500 attendees yearly to see the many presentations, exhibit hall, and the world-renowned film festival.

 

Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 - 8:15pm

Public Lecture - Impact of Ocean Acidification on Marine Shell-Builders

Presented by Dr. Justin Ries, Associate Professor of Marine & Environmental Sciences, Northeastern University

Northeastern University Marine Science Center, Murphy Bunker Classroom

430 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA 01908

Free and Open to the Public; sponsored by ME Marine Science Center

 

Anthropogenic elevation of atmospheric carbon dioxide is making the oceans more acidic, thereby reducing their degree of saturation with respect to calcium carbonate (CaCO3) minerals. There is mounting concern over the impact that future CO2-induced reductions in the CaCO3 saturation of seawater will have on marine calcifiers' ability to produce their protective shells and skeletons. Experimental research in the Ries Lab strives to better understand the potential consequences that ocean acidification will have on various shelled marine organisms.

 
Wednesday, March 25, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Underwater in Salem Sound Lecture Series:

"Horseshoe Crabs - The Ancient Blue Bloods"

Presenters: Dr. Sara Grady

Watershed Ecologist, North & South Rivers Watershed Association

 

Abbot Public Library lower level meeting room

235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01915

Free and Open to the Public


Horseshoe crabs are unique and prehistoric creatures whose populations have declined over the past few decades due to overharvest for bait. Come learn how they are not really crabs at all, how their blue blood helps keep us all safe from infection, their shift from a bad reputation for eating clams to a good reputation for aerating our mudflats, and what state and federal fisheries management are doing to try to monitor and protect them.

 

Sara P. Grady, Ph.D. is the South Shore Regional Coordinator for the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program and Watershed Ecologist at the North and South Rivers Watershed Association in Norwell, MA. She received her Bachelor of Science in Aquatic Biology from Brown University in 2001 and her Ph.D. in Biology from the Boston University Marine Program in Woods Hole in 2006. Her dissertation was on horseshoe crab population ecology on Cape Cod. Her specialties include coastal and estuarine ecology, invertebrate zoology, and ecological restoration. Sara lives in Plymouth with her husband Joe, her daughter Molly, and their dog Bacchus.

 

"Underwater in Salem Sound," Lecture Series, begun in 2013, is jointly sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Abbot Public Library in Marblehead, MA. Four lectures will be presented in 2015, at the Abbot Public Library, on the last Wednesday of each month, from January through April, (January 29th, February 25th, March 25th, and April 29th) from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. All the lectures are free and open to the public.

 

We are pleased to be able to continue the Lecture Series that was originally funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET). MET is funded through the sale of environmental license plates.

 

 

 

APRIL 2015

 

Monday, April 13, 11:00am - 12:20pm

Salem State University Earth Days Environmental Careers and Involvement Forum

Salem State University, Vets Hall, Ellison Campus Center

 

Stop by to visit the Salem Sound Coastwatch table.

Includes state agencies, environmental NGOs, and environmentally-oriented businesses displays with opportunities for student internships, volunteerism, and careers. Also from 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Earth Days Student Poster Competition, Sustainability Challenge and Earth Day Art Exhibit.

 

 

Monday, April 13, 7:00 - 8:30pm

"Beaches 101" - Adopt a Beach Training

Abbot Public Library, lower level meeting room

235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01915

Free and Open to the Public.

 

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)

 

Wednesday, April 15, 8:30am - 3:00pm

Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program
State of the Bays Symposium

Cambridge Innovation Center - Boston

50 Milk Street, Boston MA

 

For registration and more details go to http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/mass-bays-program/state-of-the-bays/

Pre-registration (until April 3): $15; Onsite registration: $20

 

The event will bring together current and potential partners of MassBays who are eager to connect with their counterpart across the region, including researchers; citizen volunteers; state, local, and federal agency representatives and officials; and environmental nonprofits.
Opening presentations will place Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay - and MassBays - into context. Four expert panels will describe conditions and trends in human uses, weather, water quality, habitat, and wildlife in the bays, and participants will be encouraged through graphic facilitation to explore the potential for connections among research and monitoring programs to inform future monitoring and assessment efforts.
Meeting outcomes will inform the MassBays Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan, planning mandated under the Clean Water Act to direct our work in the region.

 

Thursday, April 16, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Rosies Pond Neighborhood Resiliency Community Meeting

Listening to the Neighborhood while Taking a Look at Future Climate Impacts for Salem and the South River

St. Anne School, 9 Cleveland Street, Salem

 

Short presentations will be made by David Knowlton, Salem City Engineer; Barbara Warren, SSCW director and MassBays regional coordinator; Julia Knisel MA Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Coastal Shoreline & Floodplain Manager; Alan Benevides, Woodward & Currans engineer. This work is being funded by a CZM Coastal Resiliency grant the City of Salem received to examine engineering solutions to the neighborhood flooding while factoring in future sea level and increased frequency and intensity of rain events.

 

The goals of the meeting are to understand the flooding problems including future risk scenarios and provide attendees the opportunity to express their concerns, frustrations, and ideas on living with flooding from Rosies Pond through Jefferson Avenue.

 

This is the first of three meetings. Next meeting is April 30 - "Are there engineering solutions to the flooding?" Followed on May 21 with "Ways to flood proof your home and save money in the long-run."

 

April 22, Wednesday, 6:30 - 8:00pm

Sawmill Brook Watershed Forum

American Legion Hall, 14 Church Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea

 

Learn about a study being conducted of the Sawmill Brook Watershed to better understand flooding issues, ecological conditions, impacts of climate change and potential mitigation projects.

 

Salem Sound Coastwatch will be one of the exhibitors.

 

Hosted by the Town of Manchester and funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management.

 

 

April 25, Saturday
"Coastsweep in the Spring"

Volunteer at one of our COASTSWEEP beach clean ups.

Dead Horse Beach, Salem 9 am

Dane Street Beach, Beverly - 9 am

After this winter, our beaches need all the help they can get.
Volunteer to clean up debris on our local beaches washed up by the winter storms! Pick your beach and we will supply all the materials—gloves, bags.
Let us know what beach you would like to clean up.

 

If you can't do April 25th, let us know which beach and day go can volunteer.

 

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

 

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Join us! RSVP if possible-978-741-7900 or info@salemsound.org

 

 

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

Underwater in Salem Sound Lecture Series:

"Rock, Gravel, Sand - The Geology of Our Local Beaches"

Presenters: Dr. Lindley Hanson

Professor of Geology, Salem State University

 

Abbot Public Library, lower level meeting room

235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01915

Free and Open to the Public.

 

Have you ever noticed that our local beaches can vary from largely mud, sand, gravel or sometimes boulders? And that each beach takes on a different form?  What causes these variations? How and why does each beach respond differently to storm activity?  Dr. Lindley Hanson, from Salem State University Geological Science Department, will describe and explain the array of beaches on the North Shore to address the variability and dynamics of our local beaches. In addition, she will show evidence of a higher sea level in our past and discuss the future of our beaches with expected sea level rise.

 

Dr. Hanson is a geomorphologist with a thorough understanding of  New England geology and recently gave a lecture at the Northeast Marine Science Center on Barrier Beaches. She is also investigating the role of climate change and urbanization on increased flooding in New England. In her spare time, she explores different ways of presenting content for all age groups and has completed some intriguing online glogs. She has a Ph.D. in Geology from Boston University with the fields of study in Regional Geology and Sedimentation and Stratigraphy. Her M.A. in Geology is also from Boston University with concentrations in Hydrology, Geomorphology and Coastal Geology.

 

"Underwater in Salem Sound," Lecture Series, begun in 2013, is jointly sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Abbot Public Library in Marblehead, MA. This is the last of four lectures presented in 2015, at the Abbot Public Library, on the last Wednesday of each month, from January through April from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm.

 

All the lectures are free and open to the public.

 

We are pleased to be able to continue the Lecture Series that was originally funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET). MET is funded through the sale of environmental license plates.

 

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

Rosies Pond Neighborhood Resiliency Community Meeting

Are there engineering solutions to the flooding?

St. Anne School, 9 Cleveland Street, Salem

 

Barbara Warren, SSCW director and MassBays regional coordinator, will summarize the first April 16th meeting, followed by David Knowlton, Salem City Engineer, who will give an overview of the project. Alan Benevides of Woodward & Currans - the engineering firm hired to develop the flood mitigation design - will explain the ideas that are being developed to address flooding in the South River area from Jefferson Avenue to Rosies Pond.

 

Julia Knisel, MA Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Coastal Shoreline & Floodplain Manager, will be available for questions as the funder of the City's Coastal Resiliency grant. Engineering solutions will factor in future sea level and increased frequency and intensity of rain events.

 

This is the second of three meetings. Next meeting is May 21st to discuss "Ways to flood proof your home and save money in the long-run."

 

 

MAY 2015

May 2, Saturday 9:00am - noon

Clean Salem, Green Salem

Rain date for Clean Sweeps Only: Sun., May 3rd)

 

Salem Sound Coastwatch will be focusing on beach cleanups in Salem. Let us know if you have a beach you want to clean or are interested in helping out and we will let you know where.

 

Clean up will be held Furlong Park, Salem (Franklin St.) 9-11 am

Sponsored by the Friends of Furlong Park

 

From 10:00am to 1:00pm: SalemRecylces will once again be having its
Swap 'N' Drop at the Common, where you can SWAP until noon or simply DROP OFF until 1pm the following: women's, men's and children's clothing, accessories, and small household items (please, all items in working condition). In the event of rain, there will not be a 'SWAP', however you may still drop off items to donate to Recycle Away. There will be a plastic bags recycling drop-off on Salem Common as well.

 

Contact us if you want to help, info@salemsound.org or 978-741-7900.

 

 

May 2, 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 2, Saturday 9 am - noon

Marblehead Conservancy's Earth/Arbor Day

Lead Mills Conservation Area

 

park on Lafayette St./Rt 114

 

Help the Marblehead Conservancey plant tree seedlings and this year wildflower mixes at the Lead Mills Conservation Area, plus trash clean-up and walking tours.

Lead Mills Conservation Area, Marblehead
(Rte 114 at the bike path) 9 am-noon Tree planting, cleanup and walking tours. Bring your own gloves. Sponsored by the Marblehead Conservancy

 

 

Tuesday, May 5, 7:00 - 8:30pm

"Beaches 101" - Adopt a Beach Training

Beverly Farms Public Library – 24 Vine Street, Beverly Farms, 01915

Free and Open to the Public.

 

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)

 

Thursday May 7 or Saturday May 9 or
Sunday May 10
"Coastsweep in the Spring"

Volunteer at one of our COASTSWEEP beach clean ups.

Thursday, May 7 - Gas House Beach, Marblehead - 9 am
Saturday, May 9 - Collins Cove, Salem - 9 am
Sunday, May 10 - Forest River Park, Salem- 10 am

 

After this winter, our beaches need all the help they can get.
Volunteer to clean up debris on our local beaches washed up by the winter storms! Pick your beach and we will supply all the materials—gloves, bags.
Let us know what beach you would like to clean up.

 

Let us know which beach and day go can volunteer.

 

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

 

Monday, May 11, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Historic Derby Street Neighborhood Association 

Will Your Home Flood in the Next Superstorm?

 

House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street.

 

Almost two years ago, Salem was hit by Superstorm Sandy.  Our neighborhood was spared the consequences of being hit head on.  How would your home have fared if we had experienced the full blunt of the storm?  Barbara Warren, Director of Salem Sound Coastwatch (and a resident of our neighborhood) will show us why certain areas of our neighborhood are likely to flood and precautions that you can take.

 

Jeff Cohen, Recycling Enforcement Coordinator will also provide an update on recycling efforts in the City.

 

Join your neighbors at the Historic Derby Street Neighborhood Association. 

 

Thursday, May 21, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Rosies Pond Neighborhood Resiliency Community Meeting  

Ways to flood proof your home and save money in the long-run!

 

St. Anne School, 9 Cleveland Street, Salem

 

Barbara Warren, SSCW director and MassBays regional coordinator, will summarize the two previous meetings where engineering solutions to flooding were discussed.

 

Julia Knisel, MA Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Coastal Shoreline & Floodplain Manager, will share her knowledge of how to reduce the chances of property being damaged by flood waters.

 

These meetings are part of the MA CZM Coastal Resiliency grant the City of Salem received to understand engineered flood mitigation options when factoring in future sea level and increased frequency and intensity of rain events.

 

 

 JUNE 2015

June 3, Wednesday, 7:00 pm

Friends of Lynn and Nahant Beaches

169 Lynn Shore Drive, Lynn.

 

Members meeting. Open to the public

.

Barbara Warren will be visiting with members at the June 3rd meeting to hear about the Friends' concerns and ideas for collaboration and technical assistance from the MassBays National Esturary Program, since SSCW is now the regional Coordinator the the Lower North Shore, which includes Swampscott, Lynn and Nahant.

 

 
June 4, Thursday, 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 twelve 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.

 

 

Sunday, June 14
Registration is now open
for the 6th Annual Run for the Beach 5K!

 

10AM Start at Dane Street Beach, Lothrop St, Beverly, MA

 

A fun, exciting road race along Beverly's coastline featuring beautiful ocean views, rolling hills and quaint, North Shore scenery.

Music, food, raffles, door prizes, and more!
All proceeds benefit Salem Sound Coastwatch.

More information on the Run for the Beach! event page and facebook page.


If you want to volunteer, contact us at 978-7900 or
info@ salemsound.org Volunteers Welcomed!

 


AUGUST 2015

 

August 3 – 6, 2015

Teacher Summer Institute
Experience "Place" Like Never Before

PLACE-BASED EDUCATION | WATERSHED SCIENCE | COASTAL ECOLOGY


Immerse yourself in 4 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 3 – 12 Educators, Formal and Informal
When: 8:30am – 4pm
Where: Cat Cove Marine Lab, Salem State University, Salem, MA
Cost: $250

 

Download Flyer or Register Now.

 

Professional Development: 42 PDPs earned for participating in Institute 3 graduate credits or 56.25 PDPs earned for additional work
(Additional fees apply for PDPs and Graduate Credits through Salem State University)

 
Saturday, August 29

10th 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 2015

 
 

 

 

 

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 our COASTSWEEP beach clean ups.

RSVP at 978-7900 or info@ salemsound.org

 

 

 

OCTOBER 2015

  

 

Volunteer at one of our COASTSWEEP beach clean ups.

RSVP at 978-7900 or info@ salemsound.org

 

Contact Barbara Warren, the MassBays Lower North Shore Regional Coordinator at 978-7900 or info@ salemsound.org.

 

 
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 28

King Tide Photo Contest

Mark your calendars. More info to follow! The highest tide this year will be WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 28 just after noon (12:02 in Portland ME at 11.8 feet, 12:12 in Boston at 12.3 feet).
October 29 is the bad-weather fallback (11.7 feet in Portland and 12.2 feet in Boston).

 

NOVEMBER 2015

 

 

 

DECEMBER 2015

 

December 5, 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.