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2018 Community Calendar

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Sunday, January 21, 11:30am - 1:30pm

Winter Brunch
Barbara Presents at the Salem Common Neighborhood Association

Hawthorne Hotel

98 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970


$20 Members
$30 Guests

Purcahse tickets online:

or email


Barbara Warrren, executive director of Salem Sound Coastwatch, will be the guest speaker at 12:30.




Feb 12 - 16, 2018

Salem State University Department of Biology



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.



Wednesday, February 28, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Underwater in Salem Sound Lecture Series:

"Osprey in Essex County and Beyond"

Abbot Public Library, lower level meeting room

235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01915

Free and Open to the Public.


Presenter: Dave Rimmer, director of stewardship at Greenbelt - Essex County's Land Trust


Osprey are a magnificent bird of prey with a wing span of over 6 feet and specialized long sharp talons on their toes for grasping fish. Osprey are found on all continents except Antarctica, always living near water where they feed almost exclusively on fish. In North America, Osprey suffered decimating population declines in the late 20th century due to the unregulated use of pesticides like DDT that weakened eggs shells and reduced productivity, ultimately landing Osprey on the US Endangered Species List. However, many harmful pesticides were outlawed by the 1970s, and Osprey numbers began to rebound, aided by a growing number of artificial nest platforms that were being installed, especially along the Atlantic seaboard. Today, Osprey are once again common along our local shorelines, in part due to conservation efforts of Greenbelt and many volunteers. This presentation will discuss Osprey biology, distribution, management, research and continuing challenges, with a focus on Greenbelt’s Osprey Program in Essex County but with data from across New England as well.


Since 2001, Dave Rimmer has been director of stewardship at Greenbelt - Essex County's Land Trust, where he is responsible for the oversight and management of over 12,000 acres of land protected by Greenbelt since 1961. As an ecologist with The Trustees from 1985-1998. Dave gained extensive experience doing wildlife research and management, including protection of endangered species like Piping Plovers nesting on Massachusetts beaches. At Greenbelt he started the Osprey Program in 2008 to better understand and manage Osprey in the region between Boston and the NH border, where the Osprey nesting population has increased from 8 to 40 pairs in the past 12 years.


"Underwater in Salem Sound," Lecture Series is jointly sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Abbot Public Library in Marblehead, MA. All the lectures are free and open to the public.


MARCH 2018


Sunday March 11, 2018


Boston Sea Rovers 64th Annual Clinic Sunday Program
"Trash Free Seas"
Marine Science and Conservation Public Forum

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

A Day-long session featuring morning presentations on Marine Debris focusing on the problem and possible solutions followed by an afternoon showing of "A Plastic Ocean". Other activities include Art Exhibit with marine debris focus, Careers and Educational Opportunities in Marine Sciences (COMS) Fair, Kid's Room, Boy Scout Oceanography Merit Badge Workshop, and Exhibitor Area. More details at

Admission Required - $20 for adults, $10 students. Tickets may be purchased at


Wednesday, March 21, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Underwater in Salem Sound Lecture Series:

"Journey to Avalonia: Exploring the Deep Geologic History of Coastal New England"

Abbot Public Library, lower level meeting room

235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01915

Free and Open to the Public


Presenter: Barry Sidwell, paleogeologist and author of "The Rocks of Nahant"


"Avalonia" is the term geologists have come to use for the now-lost landmass of volcanic islands which now constitute the bedrock of coastal New England (as well as parts of Newfoundland, Scandinavia, and North Africa).

APRIL 2018



Sunday, April 22

Celebrate Earth Day!



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

Underwater in Salem Sound Lecture Series:

"Signs of Spring in a Changing World - Viewing Climate Change through Phenology"

Abbot Public Library, lower level meeting room

235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01915

Free and Open to the Public


Presenter: Alyssa Rosemartin, USA National Phenology Network and Salem State Univerity visiting lecturer


Phenology is nature's calendar—when cherry trees bloom, when a robin builds its nest and when leaves turn color in the fall. Changes in phenological events like flowering and animal migration are among the most sensitive biological responses to climate change. Across the world, many spring events are occurring earlier—and fall events are happening later—than they did in the past. However, not all species are changing at the same rate or direction, leading to mismatches. How plants and animals respond can help us predict whether their populations will grow or shrink – making phenology a "leading indicator" of climate change impacts.


Alyssa Rosemartin has worked at the USA National Phenology Network for the past 9 years, developing a national citizen science program, Nature's Notebook, in which volunteers and professionals report on the timing of plant and animal life cycle events, such as migration and flowering. Currently, she works with protected areas and indigenous communities on phenology, and supports data visualization and analysis. She also teaches Global Climate Change at Salem State University. She has published and presented work in the fields of ecology, climate change, citizen science and data management. In her work, she is exploring how multiple ways of knowing and open science can lead to better outcomes for people and nature.



April 29, Sunday, 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Beach clean ups - Volunteer!

After this winter, our beaches need all the help they can get. Volunteers needed 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.


We are collaborating with SPUR to get more people outside clean up this spring. Beaches will be announced closer to the date.


AGE: Open to parents' discretion based on the maturity of the individual child.



MAY 2018


Saturday, May 5, 10:30 am - noon

Clean Salem, Green Salem

Help clean up Collins Cove or Dead Horse Beach, Salem.

If you love the beach, volunteer for Salem Sound.

As part of Clean Salem, Green Salem, free pizza on the Salem Common at noon for participants.

RSVP requested! 978-741-7900 or info@


Wednesday, May 9, 7:00 - 8:30pm

"Beaches 101" - Adopt a Beach Training

Salem Sound Coastwatch's 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@

Saturday, May 19, 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.


Thursday, May 31, 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 2018


Sunday, June 10

9th Annual Run Walk for the Beach 5K !

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



Great course with ocean views, few rolling hills, one water stop and ocean views along Beverly’s Dane Street Beach.

Fun road race featuring: • Chip timing • Great course with ocean views
• Team competition • Stroller division • Music • Food • Door prizes • Ocean Setting at Dane Street Beach with sandy beach, grassy park for picnicking, restrooms and new kids playground
• Ocean themed medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finish, male and female, by age group!

Location: Dane Street Beach, Beverly, MA 01915 (google map)
Located at the intersection of Dane and Lothrop Streets

Entry Fees: ($5 discount for rates for students and military)
• $25 – Early Bird! Ends Sunday, April 30. Includes event tee
• $30 – Pre-Reg - May 1- Noon, Friday, June 8.
******Must register by Thursday May 10 to get event tee
• $35 – Race Day


Register Now


Mail in Registration Form

Course: Starts at Dane Street Beach in Beverly, goes through wooded residential side streets to the Lighthouse at Hospital Point, loops back through historic Beverly to Independence Park and ends with more ocean views. There are some rolling hills and one water stops.


* This is a zero waste event - no bottled water and everything will be composted or recycled. Feel free to bring your own water bottle; we provide the water.

If you are willing to volunteer, contact us at 978-7900 or


July 2018


July 16 - July 20

Teacher Summer Institute 2018
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.
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)



August 4, Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
August 5, 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 26

13th Annual Swim & Fin – Open Water Swimming Races
Swim and


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




Coastsweep Clean Up

Volunteer at one of our COASTSWEEP beach clean ups. Free and Open to the Public. Please let us know if you plan on helping out with a

RSVP at 978-7900 or info@



Trails and Sails


Part of the TRAILS & SAILS, Essex National Heritage Commission


Meet at Salem Sound Coastwatch's office
12 Federal Street, Salem, MA 01970





Coastsweep Clean Ups

Volunteer at one or more of our COASTSWEEP beach clean ups.
Free and Open to the Public. Please let us know if you plan on helping out
with a RSVP at 978-7900 or info@







December 8, 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.