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.

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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.

Marine Specimen Collecting Trip for High School and College Students

Immerse your class in science!
Take a two-hour marine specimen collecting trip*

aboard the MBL’s vessel, R/V Gemma

  • Learn why the Woods Hole area is world-renowned for its rich diversity of marine species.
  • Take a first-hand look at how local organisms are collected for scientific study worldwide.
  • Hear the history of how marine biology developed in Woods Hole.

Board the Gemma at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) dock in Eel Pond, Woods Hole, and head out to Vineyard Sound, passing historic Nobska lighthouse commissioned in 1876. The Gemma will travel approximately two miles offshore. Deploying a scallop dredge and plankton net, MBL marine educators will collect a variety of marine specimens for students to examine.

Excursion leaders will also:

  • Identify the organisms and discuss the biology of each animal and how they are used for research at the MBL
  • Provide a history of the local area
  • Point out local landmarks along the shore
  • Discuss commercial fishing and research equipment, biological collecting methods, the history of the Woods Hole community, and the Gemma’s state-of-the-art navigation system.

Round out your trip with a more in-depth look at MBL marine specimens with a behind-the-scenes tour of the MBL’s Marine Resources Center specimen tank room. For an additional fee, a lecture and microscope lab activities are available.

For booking information and a complete fee schedule, contact Rob Reynolds at rreynolds@zephyrmarine.net.

*Tours are geared toward high school and college aged students.

Seabird and Whale Excursion from Plymouth MA

The New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA), a non-profit organization based in southeastern MA that supports a number of projects and activities related to marine wildlife education, research and conservation, invites you on a Seabird & Whale Tales (SAWT) excursion scheduled for Sunday, September 13th from 8 am – 4 pm.  The destination is the waters of Cape Cod Bay and Massachusetts Bay, including the waters of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Here participants will view seabirds, whales, dolphins, seals, basking sharks and ocean sunfish that come to feed off our cold yet productive New England shores.

Guided wildlife commentary will be given by Wayne Petersen from Mass Audubon Society, David Clapp from Natural History Services, Joanne Jarzobski from Captain John Boats and Dr. John Jahoda from Bridgewater State College.  The trip leaves from the Plymouth Town Pier at 8 am and returns by 4 pm. While offshore, participants will conduct a plankton tow and observe the sample under microscopes, and will also chum for seabirds.

Tickets: Pre-Sale $90 and then $100 after August 31st, 2009.

To learn more about NECWA or to download the registration form for this trip visit online or call Krill Carson at 508-566-0009.  Space is limited so register early.  Group rates are also available.

SAWT excursions receive assistance from Capt. John Boats, Mass Audubon South Shore Sanctuaries, Natural History Services and Bridgewater State College.