May 2016

Welcome to CZ-Mail, the monthly electronic newsletter from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM). Each issue provides information on major CZM initiatives, available tools and publications, upcoming workshops and events, grants, contracting opportunities, job openings, coastal legislation, and other news of interest to people working on coastal issues. Additional information about CZM's programs, publications, and other coastal topics can be found on the CZM website. To subscribe to CZ-Mail, send a blank email to join-env-cz-mail@listserv.state.ma.us. Also, please feel free to share CZ-Mail with colleagues and friends—and if you have any suggestions for future editions, or would like make a change to your CZ-Mail subscription, please email your request to CZ-Mail@state.ma.us. For daily updates from CZM, please follow us on Twitter.

All links on this web page were current and working on the date of publication.

MassBays Awards Healthy Estuary Grants

On April 22, the Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton announced $97,828 in federal grant money to help towns and organizations improve ecosystem health in Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay. These Healthy Estuaries grants were awarded by the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program (MassBays) through CZM with funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The grants are being matched by $99,112 in municipal and private contributions and focus on supporting MassBays mission to protect, restore, and enhance the estuarine resources of the region. The following five grants were awarded:

  • Center for Coastal Studies - $31,986 to conduct an extensive assessment of contaminants of emerging concern in Cape Cod Bay estuaries to evaluate ecological health risks and provide a more complete understanding of how land use patterns affect water quality beyond nutrient contamination.
  • MIT Sea Grant College Program - $28,500 to conduct surveys to identify specific river herring habitat preferences and resource use that will inform ongoing restoration efforts to convert cranberry bogs to natural wetland and restore fish passage in Fresh Pond in Plymouth.
  • The Association to Preserve Cape Cod - $15,010 to prioritize restoration projects and identify two top-priority projects to develop for planning and construction, including submission of proposals for funding.
  • Town of Braintree - $16,000 to conduct comprehensive wetland delineation and develop a sediment management plan for the restoration of a fish passage to the 180-acre Great Pond Reservation.
  • Town of Wellfleet - $8,640 to use an existing hydrodynamic tide-height model to assess various culvert configurations for the Mayo Creek Restoration.

For more information, see the EEA Press Release.

CZ-Tip - Coastal Gardeners Can Get a Head Start on Spring Planting

Spring—tree buds bursting open with colorful blooms, bulb plants shooting up nobly through the ground, and new, soft, green growth emerging from the stems of shrubs and perennials. Spring is also the time to get out and plant, particularly if you live on the coast where temperatures are moderated by the ocean and the last freeze has likely already passed. But planting a coastal garden requires a few extra particulars. Most importantly, you should choose native plants that are suitable for coastal conditions, such as salt spray, wind, and dry, sandy and nutrient-poor soils. See the CZ-Tip: Spring Planting on the Coast for climate facts, planting tips, and a few native plant suggestions to get you started.

Grants/Funding/Proposal Opportunities

Coastal Resilience Grant Program - CZM is seeking proposals for the Coastal Resilience Grant Program. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, this program will provide up to $2 million in grants and technical assistance to coastal communities to advance innovative and transferable local coastal resilience initiatives to increase awareness and understanding of climate impacts, assess vulnerability and risk, conduct adaptation planning, and redesign vulnerable public facilities and infrastructure. Additionally, both coastal communities and certified 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations may seek funding for nature-based approaches (or green infrastructure) that enhance natural resources and provide storm damage protection. To view the Request for Responses (RFR) and download required forms, see the COMMBUYS website. Proposals are due by June 6.

Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grant Program - CZM is seeking proposals for the Coastal Pollutant Remediation (CPR) Grant Program. For FY 2017, the CPR program will provide up to $400,000 to municipalities located in the Massachusetts Coastal Watershed to assess and remediate stormwater pollution from paved surfaces and to design and construct commercial boat waste pumpout facilities. As much as $125,000 may be requested and a 25 percent match of the total project cost is required. Projects may not exceed one year in duration and must be completed by June 30 of each year. To view the RFR and download required forms, see the COMMBUYS website. Proposals are due by June 30.

Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program Regional Service Providers - MassBays is seeking proposals for Regional Service Providers (RSPs) for each of the five regions of the MassBays Planning Area: Upper North Shore, Lower North Shore, Metropolitan Boston, South Shore, and Cape Cod. RSPs will support the implementation of the MassBays Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. One-year grants of up to $61,000 will be awarded for each region. For more information, to view the RFR, and download required forms, see the COMMBUYS website. Proposals are due by May 27.

Buzzards Bay Municipal Minigrant Program - The Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program is seeking proposals for the Buzzards Bay Municipal MiniGrant Program. Projects must implement a recommendation(s) in the Buzzards Bay Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan and be principally located within the Buzzards Bay Watershed. A 33 percent match of requested funding is required and only municipalities are eligible to apply. For more information, to view the RFR, and download required forms, see the COMMBUYS website. Proposals are due by June 2.

Parks and Conservation Grants - EEA’s Division of Conservation Services (DCS) is seeking applications for the FY 2017 Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC), Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity (LAND), and Conservation Partnership grants. PARC grants help communities acquire parkland, develop new parks, and renovate existing parks. LAND grants provide funds to municipal conservation commissions to purchase conservation land and conservation restrictions. Conservation Partnership grants provide funds to nonprofit organizations for land acquisitions. DCS will hold two workshops for the PARC and LAND grants—on May 5 in Amherst and on May 10 in Boston. PARC and LAND grant applications are due by July 13. Conservation Partnership applications are due by July 18.

Reminders - These opportunities, listed in the last CZ-Mail, are still available:

  • FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants - The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) are inviting communities, state agencies, and tribal governments and territories to submit applications for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grant Program and the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program. These grants fund hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of hazard mitigation projects to reduce or eliminate the loss of life and property due to natural hazards. For complete grant details, see the PDM and FMA pages on the MEMA website. Applications for PDM and FMA grants are due by May 25.
  • §319 Grants - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is seeking proposals for the §319 Nonpoint Source Pollution Competitive Grants Program to fund comprehensive projects that address nonpoint sources of pollution affecting water quality. The §319 RFR is available on the MassDEP website. Proposals are due by noon on June 1.
  • BoatUS Grassroots Grants - The BoatUS Foundation is seeking applications for its Grassroots Grants. Up to $10,000 is available to local volunteer organizations to promote education on safe and clean boating. Applications are accepted year round.

Products/Publications

Climate Change Impacts to Coastal Stormwater BMPs - CZM, in partnership with the MassDEP, has released Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Stormwater BMPs and Recommended BMP Design Considerations in Coastal Communities. Developed by the Horsley Witten Group, Inc., with support from the Woods Hole Group, this report is intended to help municipalities address the unique challenges of siting, designing, and constructing stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) in coastal areas that are subject to flooding, storm damage, and salt and wind exposure and are expected to experience increased impacts due to sea level rise, higher groundwater levels, and increased frequency and intensity of storm impacts due to climate change.

Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health - The United States Global Change Research Program has released The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment. This assessment gathered data from decades of advances in the physical science of climate change, which strengthens the understanding of the growing risks that a changing climate poses to human health and welfare, and highlights factors that make some individuals and communities particularly vulnerable.

MIT Sea Grant Newsletter - The Spring 2016 newsletter of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sea Grant College Program features details on newly funded ocean acidification research, carbon storage in eelgrass beds, and other MIT Sea Grant updates and marine-related news.

The Sandbar - The April 2016 issue of The Sandbar, a quarterly publication reporting on legal issues affecting the U.S. oceans and coasts by the National Sea Grant College Program, features articles on features articles on the Flint, Michigan water crisis, NOAA’s Gulf Aquaculture Plan, and other ocean- and coastal-related legal issues.

Sound Waves - The February/March 2016 issue of Sound Waves, the newsletter from U.S. Geological Survey, features articles on seafloor mapping revealing the cause of 1964 tsunami that destroyed an Alaskan village, and coastal scientists studying El Niño in California, and other coastal and marine research news.

Marine Protected Area Newsletter - The February-March 2016 issue of MPA News covers Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) network efforts in South Africa, marine resource management in Indonesia, and other MPA news and notes.

Newswave - The Winter 2016 issue of NEWSWAVE, the quarterly newsletter on ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes activities from the U.S. Department of the Interior, features articles on an MPA agreement with Cuba, climate change and sea level rise, and other ocean and coastal news.

Marine Ecosystems and Management Information Service - The April 2016 edition of Marine Ecosystems and Management, the bimonthly information service on marine ecosystem-based management (EBM) from the University of Washington School of Marine Affairs, includes information on new versus traditional uses of marine spatial planning, EBM training, and other notes and news.

Web-Based and Mobile-User Resources

Northeast Ocean Portal Updates - The Northeast Ocean Data Portal has published several website updates, including a redesigned home page, new themes and datasets, and increased integration with outside data sources. A new Habitat thematic map allows users to interact with datasets depicting both physical and biological habitat components, and a new Restoration thematic map allows users to view the locations of priority restoration and conservation projects and examine detailed project information. Existing thematic maps, such as the Aquaculture map, now have new data from Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York. To increase integration with other data sources, the Data Portal team has added a link to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's Environmental Studies Program Information System (ESPIS) on all map legends. This allows users to automatically search for ESPIS datasets relevant to the data on the map.

Rip Current Survival Guide - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released the Rip Current Survival Guide with a video on how to spot and be prepared for rip currents before entering the water. A rip current is a narrow, fast-moving, and often dangerous channel of water that starts near the beach and extends offshore through the line of breaking waves.

Understanding Ocean Acidification - NOAA's Ocean Acidification Program in conjunction with the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary have developed Understanding Ocean Acidification, a K-12 education resource that provides links to lesson plans created by the program. This eight-lesson middle school science curriculum features hands-on activities to help students explore the effects of increasing carbon dioxide on the acidity of the ocean and learn about the impacts that these changes have on marine organisms, the ocean food web, and humans. All lessons are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Education Standards and Ocean and Climate Literacy Principles. For more ideas for added ocean education to the classroom, see the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program’s Education page.

New FEMA Preparedness Feature for Smartphone App - FEMA has released an updated version of its smartphone application, which now uses push notifications to remind users to take simple steps to prepare for disasters and provides easy access to information on how to be ready for fires, severe weather, and other hazards.

Regulatory Decisions

Chelsea Creek Designated Port Area Boundary Review Decision - On April 6, CZM issued the Designation Decision for the Chelsea Creek Designated Port Area Chelsea, MA pdf format of chelsea-creek-dpa-designation-decision-2016.pdf
file size 2MB, concluding the comprehensive Designated Port Area (DPA) boundary review process for the city of Chelsea initiated in February 2015 at the request of the city. The decision affirms the findings and proposed DPA boundary modifications in CZM’s November 23, 2015, designation report, Boundary Review of the Chelsea Creek Designated Port Area, Chelsea, MA pdf format of chelsea-dpa-boundary-review-2015.pdf
file size 4MB. The boundary modification was made in accordance with criteria governing the suitability of contiguous lands to accommodate water-dependent industrial use pursuant to 301 CMR 25.00 pdf format of CMR 25.00: Designation of Port Areas
. The Commonwealth’s DPA policy seeks to promote water-dependent industries as an important sector of the state’s economy and prevent the loss of areas that have certain key characteristics that make them particularly well suited to water-dependent industrial uses. CZM is responsible for mapping, interpreting, and periodic review of DPA boundaries. For more on the Chelsea Creek decision, see the Designation Decision pdf format of chelsea-creek-dpa-designation-decision-2016.pdf
file size 2MB, updated DPA map pdf format of chelsea-creek-dpa-map-april-2016.pdf
file size 2MB, and DPA description pdf format of chelsea-creek-dpa-description-april-2016.pdf
. For more information on DPAs, see CZM’s Designated Port Areas website.

Job Postings

Beach Sisters Program Coordinator - The Northeastern University Marine Science Center in Nahant is seeking applicants for an Americorps volunteer through the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship. The Fellow will be responsible for coordinating the Beach Sisters Program, a nonprofit in Lynn that helps to pave the way for school-aged girls living in an underserved, environmental justice community to develop scientific inquiry and citizenship skills and to learn about academic and career opportunities in marine and environmental science. For more information, including application instruction, see the Northeastern website. Applications are due by May 20.

Salem Sound Outreach Coordinator - Salem Sound Coastwatch is seeking applicants for an Outreach and Event Coordinator to work closely with the Executive Director, staff, board members, and volunteers. The Coordinator will assist with fundraising strategies, provide outreach to membership and the public through e-newsletters, social media, printed flyers, and brochures, and will represent Salem Sound to the community by attending college and university Earth Day events, garden clubs meetings, and other venues to conduct informational presentations on behalf of the organization. For more information, see the complete job posting. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Teacher Naturalists - The National Environmental Education Development Academy (NEED) in Truro is seeking application for two Teacher/Naturalists for the 2016-2017 school year. The NEED Academy is a small residential environmental education school, housed in a retired Coast Guard Station within the Cape Cod National Seashore. The program serves 5th grade students. Teacher/Naturalists will lead hikes and develop and present experiential lessons based on the Massachusetts Education Frameworks and centered on the local environment. Staff members are also responsible on a rotating basis for helping with meal preparation and serving and bedtime. For more information, see the NEED website.

Marine Wildlife Internships - The New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA) is accepting applicants for the Marine Wildlife Internship Program. NECWA accepts upper level high school, college, and graduate students who have an interest in the field of marine biology. NECWA interns work alongside staff members to conduct a variety of educational programs, research projects, and conservation activities. Internship positions are non-paid and can be coordinated privately or through a school or university program. Internships are available throughout the year.

Calendar

Aquarium Lecture Series - Through June 4, the New England Aquarium will host the Aquarium Lecture Series, which will feature free lectures and films by scientists, environmental writers, photographers, and others. The next session on May 5 will feature former New England Aquarium President and CEO, Bud Ris, for Climate Ready Boston. Bud will review newly updated projections for climate change impacts anticipated over the next several decades and discuss a major project Boston has launched to begin planning for these changes.

Saturday Science - Through May, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster will host monthly sessions of Saturday Science, a hands-on look at scientific concepts through experiments for kids. On May 7, the museum will hold Nature Detectives for kids ages 4-7 to learn how to find insects and small mammals and discover what lives under a forest log.

Coffee House Series at Waquoit Bay - In May, the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (WBNERR) will host the Research at the Reserve Coffee House Series in East Falmouth. Attendees will learn about cutting edge research happening around Waquoit Bay from a different scientist each week. Lectures are held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. and coffee and dessert will be served. The next lecture, Tracking the Movements of Common Terns, Roseate Terns, and Piping Plovers in Southern New England by Pamela Loring, PhD candidate at UMass Amherst, is on May 10.

Quest to Save the Seas - On May 10, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will present Quest to Save the Seas by ocean conservationist and author Liz Cunningham. In her latest book, Ocean Country, Cunningham crisscrosses the globe in an effort to understand the threats to the world’s endangered oceans. This intimate account charts her thrilling journey through unexpected encounters with conservationists, fishermen, sea nomads, and scientists in the Mediterranean, Sulawesi, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Papua, New Guinea. Join Liz for a slide show and discussion of her adventures.

Birdwatching for Beginners - Through June, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold Birdwatching for Beginners with Gretchen Moran Towers, who will present basic skills designed to enable bird identification through sight and sound. Each session is followed by an outdoor venture to view birds in their natural habitat. The next session is on May 12.

Climate Talk - On May 15, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will present All Climate Is Local: What Climate Change and a New Climate Agreement Mean for Cape Cod by WGBH Science Editor Dr. Heather Goldstone. Dr. Gold stone will discuss the Paris Climate Summit and what it means for Cape Cod.

Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle - On May 15, the Mystic River Watershed Association will hold the 20th annual Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle. The day's events include a 5K run/walk race, three paddling races (3, 9, and 12 miles), educational booths, children's activities, and more.

Summer Cinema by the Sea - This spring and summer, the Northeastern University's Marine Science Center in Nahant will hold a free film series of marine-related documentaries. On May 17, the movie is Encounters at the End of the World, which documents a hidden society at the end of the world where 1,000 men and women live together in unbelievably close quarters in Antarctica in search of cutting-edge science. All screenings are open to the public and will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Murphy Bunker at the Marine Science Center in Nahant. For additional movie times see the Marine Science Center website.

Sonic Sea - On May 17, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will present Sonic Sea, a 60 minute documentary chronicling the devastating impact of industrial and military ocean noise on whales and other marine life.

Stormwater Workshop - On May 18, the Association to Preserve Cape Cod will offer 2016 Small MS4 Stormwater Permit for Massachusetts and Stormwater Collaboratives at Cape Cod Community College in Barnstable. This free afternoon workshop will feature presentations by EPA, the Central Massachusetts Regional Stormwater Coalition, and the new Buzzards Bay Stormwater Collaborative on the recently released EPA stormwater permit for Massachusetts. For more information and to RSVP, contact Jo Ann Muramato at muramoto@apcc.org.

Plastics in the Ocean Workshop - On May 20, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Woods Hole Sea Grant will offer Plastic and Microplastic in the Ocean: What is it, and what happens to it?, a professional development workshop for K-12 educators. Attendees will find out what happens to the plastics, both as marine debris on a beach and as tiny pieces floating or sinking in the open sea. They will hear about research that is taking place and see first-hand how citizens are helping to track the problem. For more information and to register, contact Kate Madin at kmadin@whoi.edu.

Cape Cod Maritime History Symposium - On May 21, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will host the 20th annual Cape Cod Maritime History Symposium, with talks entitled The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast; Stephano, Friend of the Wampanoag: The True Story of Shakespeare’s Shipwreck; Henry Beston’s Cape Cod: How “The Outermost House” Inspired a National Seashore; and more.

BUAR Public Meeting - On May 26 at 1:30 p.m., the Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources (BUAR) will hold its bi-monthly public meeting in the CZM Large Conference Room. The preliminary agenda includes discussion/approval of minutes for March 31 meeting, renewal of four permits, approval of one new permit, approval of underwater archaeological preserve designation, and discussion of permittee, outreach, and research activities. For more information, contact BUAR Director, Victor Mastone, at victor.mastone@state.ma.us.

Massachusetts Hurricane Preparedness Conference - On May 26, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency will hold the 2016 Massachusetts Hurricane Preparedness Conference in Norwood. The 2016 conference will bring together more than 350 attendees from all disciplines and levels of emergency preparedness and response. Featured guest speakers include experts from the National Weather Service, FEMA, National Hurricane Center, and others presenting information on hurricane preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.

Noddle Island Regatta and Re-enactment - On May 30, Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH) will hold the 2nd Annual Battle of Noddle Island Regatta & Re-enactment in East Boston. This annual event commemorates the Battle of Chelsea Creek (sometimes called the Battle of Noddle's Island), the 2nd military engagement of the Revolutionary War that took place on May 27-28, 1775. The regatta will shove off at 10:00 a.m. from Lo Presti Park in Maverick, East Boston. More than 100 paddlers will paddle over 25 small boats in Boston Harbor around to the Chelsea Creek recreating the route that the British took to the mudflats of the Creek. There will be an interactive community battle re-enactment and symbolic ‘Cattle Drive’ to celebrate the first victory of the American Revolution where the British Schooner, HMS Diana, was sunk at the mudflats. Participants can also partake in a ceremonial Grand Union flag-raising, enjoy a cook-out, and take kayak lessons. For questions, contact Magdalena Ayed at mayed@noahcdc.org. For more information and to register, see the event web page.

Wetland Scientist Meeting - From May 31-June 4, the 2016 Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting, Protecting Wetland Ecosystem Services, Promoting Stronger Economies, will be held in Corpus Christi, Texas. The 2016 conference will highlight the interdisciplinary nature of wetland science and practice, how wetland protection and restoration play a positive role in our economy, and the importance of using sound science to inform management strategies and enhance societal wetland benefits.

Massachusetts Smart Growth Conference - On June 2, the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance will hold the 2016 Massachusetts Smart Growth Conference in Worcester. This one-day conference will bring together public, private, and nonprofit leaders from across the state to improve the planning and development of the Commonwealth’s communities.

Boston Harbor Educators Conference—Call for Presenters - On October 1, Massachusetts Marine Educators will hold the Boston Harbor Educators Conference, Celebrating Boston Harbor: Lighting the Way Forward, at UMass Boston. Organizers are seeking workshop proposals with information for educators on how to engage in outdoor exploration and inform communities about the importance of the Boston Harbor. Submit proposals by June 3 through this proposal form.

Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Conference—Save the Date - On June 6, Woods Hole Sea Grant, in coordination with the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension and CZM, will hold the Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Conference in Edgartown. Topics to be discussed include the dynamics of Katama Bay, island-wide updates on coastal projects, impacts to natural resources, management issues, and current research. For more information, please contact Greg Berman at gberman@whoi.edu or Steve McKenna at stephen.mckenna@state.ma.us.

World Oceans Day - World Oceans Day is June 8 and activities celebrating oceans and coasts are held across the world throughout June. The 2016 theme is Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet. See the World Oceans Day website to view or submit events.

Certified Floodplain Manager Training - On June 8, the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension will offer a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) Exam for those interested in becoming a CFM. For more information and to RSVP, contact Shannon Jarbeau at shannon.jarbeau@barnstablecounty.org. Registration is required by May 25.

Spectacle Island 5K - On June 12, Boston Harbor Now will hold the fifth annual Spectacle Island Flag Day 5K Road Race. Enjoy panoramic views of Boston Harbor and the city from this historic island. Race day festivities feature a 5K Race, half-mile Kids Fun Run, picnic lunch for participants, music, and kids’ activities.

Floodplain Management Conference - From June 19-24, the Association of State Floodplain Managers will hold its 40th annual National Conference, Great Lakes, Grand Partners, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Presentations and trainings will focus on developing partnerships to tackle issues and problems associated with mitigating flood risk including coastal flood risk reduction, inundation mapping, modeling, community resilience, protecting floodplains and fragile natural resources, and more.

Fish Passage Conference - From June 20-22, the International Conference on River Connectivity will be held at UMass Amherst. Fish Passage 2016 is a national forum for researchers and practitioners to exchange findings and experiences on fish passage issues. This is a three-day conference with concurrent sessions in engineering, biology, management, and social issues.

Buzzards Bay Swim - On June 25, the Buzzards Bay Coalition will host the 2016 Buzzards Bay Swim. Join hundreds of swimmers of all ages and ability levels for a 1.2 mile open-water swim across outer New Bedford Harbor. Funds raised as a swimmer, supporter, or volunteer support the work to protect and restore Buzzards Bay.

National Marine Educators Conference - From June 27-July 1, the National Marine Educators Association 2016 Conference:Making Waves: Current Connections in Marine Science, will be held in Orlando, Florida. This conference brings together marine educators from around the world to promote awareness and education of the global marine environment.

Summer Institute for Teachers - From July 5-8, Salem Sound Coastwatch will offer the Teacher Summer Institute, a week of experiential learning around local habitats in the coastal watershed of Salem Sound for teachers of grades 5-12. Teachers will get hands-on experiences in coastal ecology, watershed science, and using local settings for outdoor place-based education. Register for this free teacher training.

Teachers on the Estuary - This summer, the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (WBNERR) will again offer the research and field-based teacher training program, Teachers on the Estuary. This program is designed to improve teachers' and students' understanding of the environment using local research examples. This year's program will focus on investigating a changing environment. The program will run from July 25-28, plus a follow-up session in November. For more information, see the WBNERR website.

Cape Cod Field Schools - Through November, Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is offering a variety of 2-, 3-, and 4-day field courses for adults that focus on the unique coastal environment and wildlife of Cape Cod. Cape Cod Field Schools emphasize active, outdoor, "in-the-field" experiences and are taught by professional naturalists and scientists.

OneNOAA Science Seminars - See the NOAA seminar series website for listings and details on NOAA science and climate seminars and webinars available across the nation.

MACC Education - The Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) offers a variety of specialized education programs. Visit the MACC workshops page to see an overview of upcoming wetland delineation and soil science courses and shrub identification workshops, along with the soil erosion and sediment-control training program. The MACC online education calendar provides a schedule of programs.

Tuesday Tweets - On several Tuesdays into June, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold Tuesday Tweets, bird watching walks with Gretchen Moran Towers. Whether experienced or a beginner, bring binoculars, wear appropriate footwear, and come prepared to watch, study, and enjoy birds in their natural habitats.

Walks, Lectures, and Events on Cape Cod - Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary in Barnstable offer a variety of educational programs for children and adults. For more information, search the calendar of programs, classes, and activities for Wellfleet Bay and Long Pasture.

Ipswich River Wildlife Programs and Activities - Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary provides numerous nature walks, talks, and adventures. See the program catalog for event and schedule information.

Other Items of Interest

Beach Ambassadors - The Goldenrod Foundation is seeking volunteers to be trained as beach ambassadors to lead nature discovery activities, count herring, test water quality, lead birding trips, design ecology and conservation programs, and more. Training begins on May 5 in Plymouth. For more information, see the Goldenrod Foundation website.

Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators - EPA is now accepting applications for the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators, which recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. Up to two teachers from each of EPA's 10 regions, from different states, will be selected to receive this award. Applicants will be evaluated based on five primary factors: innovation, achievement, service to the community and underserved populations, leadership, and integration of environmental education. Applications are due May 16.

Water Quality Photo Contest - EPA and the National Environmental Education Foundation are seeking entries for the Water Quality Photo Contest to raise awareness about water quality across the United States. Submit photos that illustrate ways to prevent water pollution and raise awareness about water body health. Entrants must be at least 13 years old. Prizes will be awarded for the top three photos. Entries are due by May 27.

e360 Video Contest - The third annual Yale Environment 360 Video Contest is now accepting entries. The contest honors the best environmental videos. Submissions must be films that focus on an environmental issue or theme, have not been widely viewed online, and are a maximum of 15 minutes in length. Videos that are funded by an organization or company and are primarily about that organization or company are not eligible. The first-place winner will receive $2,000, and two runners-up will each receive $500. The winning entries will be posted on the Yale Environment 360 website. The deadline for entries is June 10.

Ocean Awareness Student Contest - The From the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest promotes ocean stewardship among high school students and provides cash prizes for winning essays, art, and advocacy. This year's theme, Making Meaning of Ocean Pollution, focuses on making meaningful connections between ocean health and human activity. Entries are due by June 13.

Coastal Ocean Science Academy - The Northeastern University Marine Science Center in Nahant is accepting applications for the 2016 Coastal Ocean Science Academy, a two-week summer experience held from August 8-19 that is open to students entering grades 9-12. Participants experience firsthand diverse New England coastal habitats and marine resources, engaging in hands-on research and inquiry activities. For 2016, the program will also offer a one-week middle school session from July 11-15.

Summer Science School - In July and August, the Waquoit Bay Reserve Foundation sponsors a Summer Science School offering week-long, full- and half-day educational experiences for students entering grades 2-12. For details, program brochures, and registration information, see the Waquoit Bay Reserve Foundation's Summer Science School web page.

KidSummer - This summer, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will offer KidSummer, which provides a range of programs for 3-15 year olds that encourages learning and appreciation of the environment through age-appropriate, STEAM-based curriculum and indoor/outdoor activities led by educators/naturalists. Registration is available for weekly sessions (June 27-August 12) through the museum’s FamilyID website.