Ocean Explorium Ocean Voice Speaker Series

*August 11*

7-8 PM

*The Future of Salt Marshes as Sea Level Rises*

How do coastal marshes respond to changes in sea level? Sea level has risen over the past centuries, but the rate is increasing with very different responses in places such as Massachusetts, Louisiana, andWashington. Come listen to salt marsh expert John Teal, scientist emeritus at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, explain this phenomenon and its environmental impact on these important ecological areas and human activities.

Ocean Explorium at New Bedford Seaport

174 Union Street

New Bedford MA 02719

ph: 508-994-5400

Admission: $3 adults, $2 seniors and children

BioBlitz! at SeaCoast Science Center in New Hampshire

On Saturday, September 12, 2009 from 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM join scientists, field naturalists and backyard enthusiasts at the annual Seacoast Science Center BioBlitz! to appreciate and learn about Biodiversity. Participants scour 135 acres and seven different habitats to record data on as many different species in Odiorne State Park as possible in one day.  To date over 1600 species have been identified in the park. The most found on any one day is 850 species. The seven habitats include: the rocky shore, the salt marsh, a pond, uplands, meadow, and salt pond. There will be programs going on all day that will connect you with the scientists in the field and will help you learn to identify species within Odiorne Point State Park.

The Bioblitz Base will be in the Gregg Interactive Learning Studio at the Seacoast Science Center. This room features three large hanging screens and a full production studio that will showcase the organisms discovered over the course of the day. Networked touch screen tablet PC’s embedded in workstations, microscopes and a document camera attached to a projector system will also be in use, making this year truly an amazing opportunity to get up close and personal with nature.

Contact Perrin Chick at the Seacoast Science Center if you have questions about the event, or wish to register for Bioblitz, at 603-436-8043 x17 or p.cothran@seacentr.org. Sponsored by Normandeau Associates, Center admission is free of charge for registered BioBlitz! participants.

Podcast – Latest from Ocean Gazing

Sometimes understanding the vastness of the ocean means understanding the wee strands of DNA packed into the tiniest of cells, and how that DNA gives those cells some very special abilities. Visit Ocean Gazing to listen to the latest podcast in this series.