What the *&^%?!
By Peter Hanlon, Massachusetts Bays Program
Identifying marine life in the wild can be tricky business, especially if you're just learning how. To help volunteers participating in the CHIMP, Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management have developed a set of identification cards that make it easier to correctly identify marine invasive species. The 5.5"x8.5" cards are full color, weather resistant, and easy to read. Each card contains:
Identification cards for twenty different species are complete and available in PDF form at: http://www.salemsound.org/mis/misid.htm. Or, you can purchase laminated versions of the cards for $20.00 from Salem Sound Coastwatch by contacting email@example.com, or calling (978) 741-7900. All money collected funds the reprinting of the cards and supports monitoring of coastal habitat marine invaders.
- Images and/or line art of the species.
- Textual description and clues to identification.
- Image and/or line art of similar species.
- Invasion status (introduced, or cryptogenic-i.e., of unknown origin).
- Preferred habitat.
- Native range.
- Current range.