Lecture on Great White Sharks

On Wednesday, June 23 at 7:30 pm the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster will present Great White Shark Tagging with Dr. Greg Skomal, biologist with the State Division of Marine Fisheries.  Dr. Skomal’s research in tagging Great White Sharks off Monomoy Island to track their migratory patterns has been widely reported and has drawn considerable public interest.
He will present an exciting program on the pop-up satellite transmitting tagsplaced on Great White Sharks off Chatham last summer and what the scientific community is learning about the travels and behavior of this ancient and mythic animal. Cape Cod’s growing seal population points to continued and greater sightings of the Great White Shark. Dr. Skomal is the author of The Shark Handbook: The Essential Guide for Understanding the Sharks of the World.

This presentation is a special opportunity to hear about current shark studies by an international shark expert who cares deeply about the protection of the marine environment. For further information, contact the Museum at 508-896-3867or visit  www.ccmnh.org

Lecture: New Bedford Whaling Museum

Man & Whales Lecture Series concludes Wednesday,  May 19, at 7:30 pm.  A Case For Oil, with George Mock and Peter Tyack.

Blubber was removed from whales, rendered and sold as the oil used for light, heat, tanning and other products.  But what about products made from the oil found in the melon of toothed whales?  What’s its function in the lives of odontocetes, especially the sperm whale?  George Mock, Treasurer and Chairman of the Board, and former President of Nye Lubricants, Inc., successfully guided his company through the transition from natural to synthetic oils. His presentation will focus on the 160 year-old company’s use of melon and sperm case oil in its product lines prior to the 1970s. Peter Tyack, is Senior Scientist, Biology Department and Director of the Marine Mammal Center at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He studies social behavior and acoustic communication in whales and dolphins and will share the results of his research, which has given us a greater understanding of the function and form of the sperm whale’s case.

The lecture starts at 7:30 pm in the Museum Theater.  A reception at 6:30 pm is held in the Jacobs Family Gallery before the lecture. Admission is FREE.

Also… Please join us to see the whales on Saturday, May 29!  The Whaling Museum is offering a unique opportunity to see whales on Saturday, May 29. A special cruise is available in partnership with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, with a mid-day departure at Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises from Barnstable Harbor. Tickets are $75 per person, payable in advance, which includes roundtrip transportation from the Whaling Museum to Barnstable. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Whaling Museum and WDCS.

For this free lecture and/or the ticketed cruise, please RSVP: Pam Lowe, (508) 997-0046, ext. 100, or email plowe@whalingmuseum.org

Spring Excursion – Seabird & Whale Tale Trip (SAWT)

Fundraising event for the New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA) www.necwa.org
Offshore Excursion To Support Marine Education and Conservation.

Join the New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA) for our all day marine excursion to view seabirds, whales, dolphins, basking sharks and ocean sunfish along the Mass coast. Our upcoming Seabird & Whale Tale excursion is scheduled for Sunday, June 13th from 8 am until 4 pm.  NECWA is a volunteer, non-profit organization. All trip proceeds go to support marine wildlife research, education and conservation. Enjoy our guided wildlife commentary by David Clapp (Natural History Services), Jim Sweeney (South Shore Bird Club) and Joanne Jarzobski (Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours). Travel aboard the “Tails of the Sea”, a 110’ luxury commercial whale-watching vessel owned and operated by Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours (www.captjohn.com). Go to www.necwa.org to download the registration form.  Space is limited to ensure lots of viewing room along the rail.  Group rates available.  For more trip information, call Krill at 508-566-0009.  This marine adventure is an annual fundraising event for NECWA and supports marine wildlife education, research and conservation in the New England area.  Assistance provided by Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours, Mass Audubon South Shore Sanctuaries,  South Shore Bird Club, Natural History Services and Bridgewater State College.

HarborArts Outdoor Exhibition of Large-scale Artwork

Come discover art at industrial site of Boston Harbor Shipyard on Boston HarborWalk.  Opening Celebration on Saturday, June 12, 2-5pm. Open House during Common Boston Festival on Saturday, June 19, 11am-5pm

The HarborArts Outdoor Gallery at the 14-acre Boston Harbor Shipyard at 256 Marginal Street in East Boston invites the public to take a stroll through this working shipyard for a walking tour of the first international outdoor exhibition of large-scale 2D and 3D artworks by over 25 artists from three continents, including works by renown and emerging sculptors from the region. The Opening Celebration with the artists and information tables by environmental organizations is scheduled on Saturday, June 12th from 2 to 5pm. Refreshments will be available.

HarborArts is a global community bringing people together to champion the vital role our oceans, waterways and harbors play in the future of our planet. HarborArts employs the arts to raise awareness for issues affecting our water resources. HarborArts is featuring the Massachusetts Ocean Coalition and information about the member organizations, highlighting their important environmental work on the Massachusetts Ocean Plan. The Urban Arts Institute at Massachusetts College of Art and Design is project consultant.

For more information about the HarborArts Outdoor Gallery and to obtain photos of the art installations, please contact Lit Andersen, HarborArts Director of Communication at 914 417-7300 or lit@harborarts.net, or Christina Lanzl of UrbanArts at christina.lanzl@massart.edu or 617 879- 7973, or visit www.harborarts.net.

Sylvia Earle Lecture at Museum of Science

An Evening with “Her Deepness” Sylvia Earle Wednesday, May 12; 7:00 p.m.

Sylvia Earle, oceanographer; author, “The World Is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean’s Are One”; National Geographic Society explorer-in-Residence Legendary marine biologist Sylvia Earle, the first woman to walk freely on the ocean floor (at a depth of 1,250 feet), has been called “Her Deepness” by The New Yorker and The New York Times. An Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society since 1998 and named Time magazine’s first “hero for the planet,” Earle has been at the forefront of deep ocean exploration for four decades. She is a dedicated advocate for the world’s oceans and the creatures that live in them. Her latest book, The World Is Blue, reveals a global ecosystem on the brink of irreversible environmental crisis unless we act immediately. Book signing to follow.   Fee: Free. Seating is limited. Passes are available in the Museum lobby beginning at 5:45 p.m. on the day of the program. First come, first served. Museum members may reserve a limited number of seating passes in advance. For information: http://www.mos.org/adults.

Coastal Ocean Science Academy at Northeastern

August 9-12, 2010
The COSA program provides high school students with an unforgettable two-week introduction to marine science.  The Academy is held at the Northeastern University Marine Science Center, a world-class research and teaching institution on the rocky shores of Nahant, MA. Participants will build knowledge of coastal and marine biology, including ecological and physical characteristics of several habitats.  They will develop skills such as monitoring water quality, measuring species richness and diversity, identifying marine organisms, and exploring threats facing our coastal and marine resources.  Off-site field experiences have included a whale watch, a visit to the New England Aquarium, and a trip to the Boston Harbor Islands.  This year’s COSA program will run from Monday, August 9 through Saturday, August 21.  To learn more about the COSA program, application, fees, scholarships, and more, please contact Carole McCauley, Outreach Program Coordinator at the Marine Science Center: (781) 581-7370 x321 or c.mccauley@neu.edu.

Spring Excursion – Seabird & Whale Tale Trip

Join the New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA) for an all day marine excursion to view seabirds, whales, dolphins, basking sharks and ocean sunfish along the Mass coast, Sunday, June 13 from 8-4.  NECWA is a volunteer, non-profit organization.  All trip proceeds go to support marine wildlife research, education and conservation.

Enjoy our guided wildlife commentary by David Clapp (Natural History Services), Jim Sweeney (South Shore Bird Club) and Joanne Jarzobski (Capt. John Boats). Travel aboard the “Tails of the Sea”, a 110’ luxury commercial whale-watching vessel owned and operated by Capt. John Boats (www.captjohn.com).

Leave from the Plymouth Town Pier at 8 am and return by 4 pm. While offshore, we will conduct a plankton tow and demonstrations, chumming for seabirds and a free onboard nature raffle.

Tickets: Pre-Sale $90 and then $100 after May 31, 2010.  Go to www.necwa.org to download the registration form.  Space is limited to ensure lots of viewing room along the rail.  Group rates available.  For more trip information, call Krill at 508-566-0009.

This marine adventure is an annual fundraising event for NECWA and supports marine wildlife education, research and conservation in the New England area.  Assistance provided by Capt. John Boats, Mass Audubon South Shore Sanctuaries,  South Shore Bird Club, Natural History Services and Bridgewater State College.

Ocean Explorium Events

Join the Ocean Explorium at New Bedford Seaport (174 Union Street, New Bedford, www.oceanexplorium.org) for the following events:

Thursday April 15

Cosmic Voice Speaker Series

“Does E.T. Exist – Astrobiology and the Search for Life in the Universe”

Dr. Lior Burko

Assistant Professor

Department of Physics

University of Alabama Huntsville

Reception at 6:15, Talk at 7pm.

Saturday April 17

Grand Opening of “Sea and Ice – The Extraordinary Life and Adventures of Captain Bob Bartlett” Exhibit.  The exhibit chronicles the voyages of the Effie M. Morrissey (Now the Ernestina) as she sailed to the arctic to discover the North Pole.  Educational material and a new Science on a Sphere presentation will accompany the exhibit which will be here through the summer.

Hours 10am – 4pm

Abbey Spargo
Education Programs Coordinator
Ocean Explorium
(508) 994-5400 x  23
aspargo@oceanexplorium.org

Lecture: Impact of Climate Change on Ecosystems

Tidal Marsh

Hector Galbraith, Director of the Climate Change and Energy Initiative at Manomet Center for Conservation Services , will speak at the Westport Middle School, Thursday April 29 at 7 p.m. on research regarding the impacts of climate change on our regional ecosystems.

Hector Galbraith is world renowned for his research and expertise on climate change. He currently serves on Governor Patrick’s Advisory Committee on Climate Change Strategies for the Commonwealth. The results of his research have been published in over 60 papers and chapters in books and peer-reviewed journals.

In his presentation, Dr. Galbraith will share insights from his research related to climate change’s impact on ecosystems and science-based strategies for safeguarding wildlife and habitats. The evening will kick off with a brief presentation by Alan Palm of the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE).

The event is supported by the Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance (SEEAL) . The event is cosponsored by the Westport River Watershed Alliance, Mass Audubon Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Westport Fishermen’s Association.

Massachusetts Marine Educators Conference

On May 1, the Massachusetts Marine Educators will hold its 34th Conference and Annual Meeting in the Redfield Auditorium at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The 2010 conference will focus on marine invasive species. For more information, contact Bill Andrake at andrake@swampscott.k12.ma.us.