July 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.

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Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Conference

On June 6, CZM and Woods Holes Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) Sea Grant held the 2nd Martha's Vineyard Coastal Conference in Edgartown. At this day-long conference, where more than 95 people attended, Robert Thompson, Meteorologist-in-Charge at the Taunton Office of the National Weather Service, presented the key-note address about climate change impacts on weather. Topics of the conference focused on ongoing research on the dynamics of the Katama Bay system, impacts to natural resources, and updates on a variety of coastal projects around Martha's Vineyard, including a flood inundation methodology being developed by the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, the Squibnocket coastal resilience project in Chilmark, a living shoreline and saltmarsh restoration project in Oak Bluffs, a saltmarsh elevation monitoring project being conducted by the Martha's Vineyard Commission, and the Oak Bluffs Climate Change Adaptation Plan. The following day, CZM, WHOI Sea Grant, and the Trustees of Reservations took participants on a field trip to the Katama barrier beach to view the ongoing changes to this portion of the coast.

Gulf of Maine Council Awards

On June 7, the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment presented its annual awards during a ceremony in Fredericton, New Brunswick, which included awards to three environmental leaders from Massachusetts:

  • Glorianna Davenport and Evan Schulman of Tidmarsh Farm received a Visionary Award for their work on the ecological restoration of 250 acres of cranberry bogs and adjacent lands in Plymouth. With support from the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration and partners including the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program, this project—which includes a cutting-edge educational and monitoring component (The Living Observatory)—is the largest coastal freshwater wetlands restoration effort to date in the Commonwealth. Although primarily a freshwater wetland restoration effort, the site, which is less than a mile from the coast, will also be suitable for salt marsh migration as sea level rises, making this ecological restoration project a valuable example of strategies for promoting coastal resiliency and climate change adaptation.
  • William S. Spitzer, Vice President for Programs, Exhibits, and Planning at the New England Aquarium received a Visionary Award for his mentoring and professional development efforts in the marine education community. At the aquarium, Billy develops mission-driven exhibits and programs and oversees exhibit design, visitor experience, volunteer and education programs, and strategic planning. Since 2005, Billy has also served as Chair and then as Host Institution Liaison of the New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC), a regional entity that brings together diverse marine education organizations around collective work and learning. As principal investigator of the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation, Billy is also a leader in climate change education in the Gulf of Maine and beyond. This effort has benefitted numerous local marine education organizations and their staff over the past five years, and brought national attention to New England-based resources and expertise on these critical issues.

For a complete list of winners and more information on the awards, see the Gulf of Maine Council website.

Seeking Local Cleanup Coordinators for COASTSWEEP 2016

COASTSWEEP 2016, the annual statewide beach cleanup sponsored by CZM, kicks off in September—but now is the time to sign up to be a local cleanup coordinator to make sure your favorite beach, marsh, dive site, and riverbank is free of trash and other marine debris. Volunteers throughout Massachusetts turn out in large numbers each year for this event, which is part of an international campaign organized by the Ocean Conservancy in Washington, DC. Participants all over the world collect marine debris and record what they find. This information is then used to help reduce future marine debris problems. Cleanups will be scheduled throughout September and October. To get involved, see the COASTSWEEP website or check out COASTSWEEP on Facebook or Twitter.

Resources to Help You Get to the Coast

CZM maintains a variety of online tools to help the public get to and enjoy Massachusetts beaches and other coastal public access sites. From interactive maps of areas open to the public, to descriptions of coastal trails, to information about public rights along the shoreline, CZM’s Public Access Program website can help connect you to the coast.

CZ-Tip - Saving Water is Always in Season

This spring saw less than normal rainfall in Massachusetts. The U.S. Drought Monitor has found that more than 95 percent of the state was “Abnormally Dry” and nearly 40 percent of Massachusetts is in a “Moderate Drought” through June 28. Although the Commonwealth has had drier springs, saving water should be an everyday goal no matter the weather. Water conservation helps maintain water levels in rivers and streams, which is essential for protecting habitats as well as the quality of the water that runs to the sea. CZ-Tip: Save Water can help you use water wisely in your home, yard, and business.

CZM Staff and People

COASTSWEEP Intern - CZM is pleased to welcome Brad Riew as the 2016 COASTSWEEP Intern. While Brad was not yet born when the event commenced in 1987, he is very excited to be working with the COASTSWEEP team this year. Some of Brad’s past experiences include helping fundraise and doing outreach and advocacy for the Youth Housing Initiative (now Y2Y, the first student-run shelter for homeless youth in Harvard Square), facilitating a weekly drop-in creative writing workshop for fellow fiction-writers during the school year, and co-creating 20 States on Wheels, a comprehensive guide to wheelchair-accessible tourist attractions and lodging in major cities across the United States. Brad will be focusing on recruiting new COASTSWEEP coordinators and writing educational and promotional materials to share the message that we can all help reduce marine debris. He will be returning to Harvard College in the fall, where he is an English major. If you are interested in becoming a COASTSWEEP coordinator, getting involved as a sponsor, or sharing beach cleanup stories, please contact Brad at bradley.riew@state.ma.us.

Ocean Planning Intern - CZM is pleased to welcome Fiona Maguire as the 2016 Ocean Planning intern. Fiona will assist CZM with characterizing ocean-based aquaculture by researching policies, regulations, economic benefits, and potential conflicts. This work will help CZM develop an offshore aquaculture work group to support the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan. In addition, Fiona will be updating the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Wind Energy webpage and assisting CZM in tracking emerging scientific publications on climate change. Fiona will be continuing her studies in Marine Biology and Environmental Studies at Eckerd College in Florida in the fall.

MassBays Intern - MassBays is pleased to welcome Nick Moreno as the 2016 summer intern. Nick will document and characterize ongoing monitoring in Massachusetts Bay, Cape Cod Bay, and the North Shore; populate a new web-based tide gate database with permits, operation and management plans, and photos; and help plan and implement a citizen scientist coordinators’ summit to document specific needs for support. Nick is a graduate of Boston University and has diverse experience working with Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University.

Grants/Funding/Proposal Opportunities

Dam and Seawall Repair or Removal Program - EEA is seeking applications for funding for the repair or removal of dams, levees, seawalls, and other forms of inland and coastal flood control. The Dam and Seawall Repair or Removal Program offers qualified applicants grants for final design and permitting, and grant and loan funds for construction. EEA encourages applicants to maximize restoration of natural systems. Projects that minimize or eliminate the use of hard infrastructure are eligible for a zero percent interest rate. To view the two Requests for Quotes and submit questions, see the COMMBUYS bid solicitations for design and permitting and construction financing. Proposals for both opportunities are due by July 28.

Reminders - This opportunity, listed in the last CZ-Mail, is still available:

  • Parks and Conservation Grants - EEA’s Division of Conservation Services 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. PARC and LAND grant applications are due by July 13. Conservation Partnership applications are due by July 18.

Products/Publications

2016 International Coastal Cleanup Report - Ocean Conservancy has released the 2016 Ocean Trash Index, which provides data and details on the 2015 International Coastal Cleanup. Overall, more than 800,000 volunteers collected more than 18 million pounds of debris from the world’s beaches and waterways. Along the Massachusetts coast, 2,643 COASTSWEEP volunteers collected more than 139,500 items. What was the number one item collected? Cigarette butts. To get involved this year, see the COASTSWEEP website or check out COASTSWEEP on Facebook or Twitter.

Educational Sand Dune Signs - Woods Hole Sea Grant and the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension are again offering These Dunes Aren't Made For Walking, an educational sign aimed at preserving coastal resources. These water-resistant paper signs are free and can be ordered by emailing seagrant@whoi.edu.

National Preparedness Report - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released the 2016 National Preparedness Report, an annual status report that summarizes the United States’ progress in building, sustaining, and delivering the core capabilities described in the 2011 National Preparedness Goal.

Risk Assessment Bulletin - FEMA has released the State Mitigation Planning Key Topics Bulletin: Risk Assessment, which provides suggestions for identifying and describing hazards, identifying state assets, analyzing risks, and summarizing vulnerability. The Risk Assessment Bulletin emphasizes ways that states can address the requirements to include consideration of future hazard conditions, such as the effects of long-term changes in weather patterns and climate.

Climate Ready Boston - Climate Ready Boston has released Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Projections for Boston, a report by the Boston Research Advisory Group. The report concludes that Boston can expect a continued rise in sea levels and increases in extreme precipitation and extreme high temperatures in the future. Climate Ready Boston is an initiative led by the City of Boston in partnership with the Green Ribbon Commission to develop resilient solutions which will prepare Boston for climate change.

Condition of Nation's Wetlands - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the National Wetland Condition Assessment 2011: A Collaborative Survey of the Nation's Wetlands, a report that finds that of the wetland areas surveyed, 48% are in good condition based on plant community. Of the stressors examined, physical alterations to wetland habitat such as surface compaction, ditches, or plant removal are the most widespread. This is the first national monitoring study of the overall condition of wetlands conducted with a statistically-valid random sample approach.

Bacterial Monitoring Guide - The Center for Watershed Protection has released Safe Waters, Healthy Waters: A Guide for Citizen Groups on Bacteria Monitoring in Local Waterways, a new guide for citizen science groups and watershed organizations to take a role in finding and eliminating sources of harmful bacteria in their communities. Bacteria are one of the most common pollutants in our nation's waterways. Researchers and regulatory agencies have determined that monitoring bacteria in waterways can help identify human health risks associated with drinking water, shellfish consumption, and recreational water contact.

Green Infrastructure Solutions - EPA’s Smart Growth Program has released City Green: Innovative Green Infrastructure Solutions for Downtowns and Infill Locations, a collection of 12 case studies showcasing cities across the country overcoming challenges to implement green infrastructure. Each community project demonstrates what is possible and can be done to manage stormwater, accommodate historic properties, plan for long-term maintenance, and implement other valuable benefits.

Canoe and Kayak Guide - The North and South Rivers Watershed Association (NSRWA) has released NSRWA Canoe and Kayak Guide, a resource for boaters that is full of safety tips, tide information, take out points, and more! For additional information about paddling the rivers, see the NSRWA website.

Floating Marine Debris Modeling - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Debris Program has released the 2016 Report on Modeling Oceanic Transport of Floating Marine Debris, which presents some of the numerical modeling techniques that have been applied to simulate the transport of marine debris.

MassBays Newsletter - The spring 2016 issue of the MassBays Newsletter, the quarterly update from the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program (MassBays), highlights the recent Healthy Estuary Grant awards and a low-impact redevelopment project that reduces stormwater pollution in Salem’s North River. Consider subscribing to receive updates directly in your inbox.

Stellwagen Bank E-Notes - The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary has released the June 2016 edition of Stellwagen Bank E-Notes, a newsletter that provides the latest information about sanctuary research, education, and resource conservation. This issue includes articles on Sanctuary awards, a summer film fest, and other sanctuary stories, news, and notes.

Sound Waves - The April/May 2016 issue of Sound Waves, the newsletter from U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), features articles on preparing for El Niño using climate change forecasts, global impacts of bottom trawling, uses for old USGS data, and other coastal and marine research news.

Marine Ecosystems and Management Information Service - The June 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 articles on planning for social justice in ocean use, EBM for improving fisheries policy worldwide, and other notes and news.

Marine Protected Area Newsletter - The April-May 2016 issue of MPA News features articles on building the future of Marine Protected Area (MPA) enforcement, new techniques to address coral bleaching in MPAs, and other MPA news and notes.

Web-Based and Mobile-User Resources

Beach Impact Models - USGS has launched the Coastal Change Hazards Portal, a set of tools to predict where beach erosion and beachfront flooding will take place during hurricanes and other storms. In a pilot program beginning this year, emergency managers and forecasters in areas of coastal Florida, North Carolina, and Massachusetts will have access to hour-by-hour predictions of potential beachfront changes brought on by hurricanes, Nor’easters, or lesser storms. Storm surge and large waves pose the greatest threat to life and property along the coast. For more information, see the USGS Press Release.

Wetland Water Quality Templates - EPA and state water quality and wetland associations have partnered to develop the new online tool, Templates for Developing Wetland Water Quality Standards. The tool will assist states, territories, and authorized tribes with developing their own narrative water quality standards for wetlands. States can use the tool to streamline the development of criteria to maintain the spatial and functional components of wetlands to help effectively implement Clean Water Act permitting programs.

Buzzards Bay Coalition - The Buzzards Bay Coalition has launched savebuzzardsbay.org, a new website designed to help users get outside and explore Buzzards Bay. The website has updated content about Buzzards Bay and the Coalition, a redesigned bay health section, and a blog featuring news and stories to keep readers informed about the latest happenings around Buzzards Bay. The Discover Buzzards Bay section includes information and links to hundreds of places, events, activities, and featured adventures for the summer and all year long.

Marine Debris Monitoring Toolbox - NOAA’s Marine Debris Program has launched the new Get Started Toolbox for the Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment Project (MDMAP). The MDMAP is the flagship citizen science initiative that engages partner organizations and volunteers across the nation in completing shoreline marine debris surveys.

Public Comment

Please note: All official CZM requests for public comment are also published in the Public Notices section of the Environmental Monitor, the bi-weekly publication from the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) office.

South Boston Waterfront District Municipal Harbor Plan Renewal and Amendment - EEA and CZM are seeking public comment for the South Boston Waterfront District Municipal Harbor Plan Renewal and Amendment, in accordance with the Commonwealth's Municipal Harbor Planning (MHP) Regulations 301 CMR 23.00 pdf format of CMR 23.00: Review & Approval of Municipal Harbor Plans
. The MHP renewal is for the entire South Boston MHP planning area, comprising 108 acres, and the amendment is specific to a site located at 150 Seaport Boulevard. The Renewal and Amendment updates the South Boston MHP with more recent City planning initiatives and polices, and addresses substitutions and offsets to facilitate the project proposed at 150 Seaport Boulevard. On July 19 at 6:00 p.m., CZM will hold a public hearing in the Piemonte Room at Boston City Hall. Submit public comments by July 22 to: Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, Lisa Engler, 251 Causeway Street, Suite 800, Boston MA 02114.

Draft Northeast Regional Ocean Plan - The Draft Northeast Regional Ocean Plan, released on May 25 by the Northeast Regional Planning Body (RPB), is still available for public review and comment through July 25. The RPB is a group of representatives from six New England states, six federally recognized tribes, nine federal agencies, and the New England Fishery Management Council that was formed to better manage the ocean and coasts in the Northeast. The draft plan is the result of a federal Executive Order issued in 2010 that established a national ocean policy and tasked regional planning bodies with developing regional ocean plans. Comments may be provided online at neoceanplanning.org/plan/ or by email to comment@neoceanplanning.org. For more information, including further commenting instructions, links to the Northeast Data Portal, and supporting documents, see the Northeast RPB website.

Job Postings

MRWC Executive Director - The Merrimack River Watershed Council (MRWC) is seeking applications for Executive Director. The Executive Director is charged with overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Merrimack River Watershed Council including cultivating key partnerships and donor relationships, acting as the champion and voice of the Merrimack River, ensuring that all products and projects are produced and carried out in an effective, professional and timely manner, overseeing three staff and 45+ volunteers a year, and developing and managing the budget. The Executive Director is responsible for developing and implementing short and long-term strategic plans to help grow and strengthen the organization’s ability to have a positive impact. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Calendar

Boston Harborfest 2016 - From July 1-4, Boston will host an Independence Day festival that showcases the colonial and maritime heritage of the cradle of the American Revolution. Events include fireworks, tall ship tours, Freedom Trail tours, scavenger hunts, and much more. For additional details and schedule information, visit the Harborfest website.

Bayside Explorers - On Wednesdays from July 6 to August 24 at Dowses Beach in Osterville, Three Bays Preservation will hold Bayside Explorers, a program about the waters of Cape Cod. Explore tidal pools and aquatic life during these events for all ages. Sessions times are 9:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m., depending on the low tide of the day.

Climate Change Program - On July 12, the Environmental Business Council (EBC) of New England will present Insurance Industry Perspective on Risk Related to Climate Change, the third session of the EBC Climate Change Program Series in Boston. Three perspectives from the insurance industry will be presented including catastrophe models used to define risk, managing the risk and uncertainty of climate change, and impacts to the underwriting and investment businesses for the industry at large.

Summer Cinema by the Sea - On July 12, the Northeastern University's Marine Science Center will present the Great Bear Sea - Reflecting on the Past, Planning for the Future, the final film in a series of marine-related documentaries held at the science center. The film documents the growing demands on British Columbia’s coastal waters and how people have come together to shape the future of a wild expanse of oceans where whales, wolves, bears, and humans live in a coastal ecosystem. This free screening is open to the public and will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Murphy Bunker room at the Marine Science Center in Nahant.

Coastal Explorer Van - On July 20, July 27, and August 5, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will offer access to the Barnstable 4-H Coastal Explorer Van, a 31-foot, handicapped-accessible motor coach that provides visitors with a unique opportunity to learn about Cape Cod's coastal environment. On board, visitors will find saltwater aquariums with live animals, computer and interactive games, a TV/VCR for viewing marine life videos, microscopes to view marine life, blue shark and dolphin models displaying both external and internal anatomy, and a hands-on exhibit. The van will be parked in the museum parking lot in Brewster from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on these days.

Sand Sculpting Festival - From July 22-24, the 2016 International Sand Sculpting Festival will be held at Revere Beach. Join the festival to stroll past giant sand sculptures, listen to free music at the bandstand, and watch Saturday night fireworks.

Hazus Conference—Call for Abstracts - From November 7-9, the ninth annual Hazus User Conference, Achieving Disaster Resilience through Hazus Innovation, will be held in Charleston, South Carolina. Hazus is a nationally applicable, standardized methodology that contains models for estimating potential losses from earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes. Participants are encouraged to submit presentation abstracts on innovative Hazus-related applications such as the use of Hazus in flood, earthquake, or hurricane studies, international applications of Hazus, academic uses, or enhancements of Hazus hazard and exposure inputs. See the Call for Abstracts, which are due by August 15.

Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival - From August 20-21, Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina in Salem will host the 34th annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival, where vessels of all sizes and shapes will be on display, including 1900s-60s motor yachts, mahogany speedboats, sloops, yawls, schooners, and a 19th century gold-leaf canoe. This celebration of maritime heritage also includes a craft fair, artists, old-time band music, children's activities, the Blessing of the Fleet, and a boat parade.

Annual Swim & Fin—Save the Date - On August 21, Salem Sound Coastwatch will host the 11th annual Swim & Fin Race for Salem Sound at Forest River Park in Salem. People of all ages and levels may join the event for open-water swimming races of three different distances: 500 meters, 1 mile, and 5K. Proceeds from this event support Salem Sound Coastwatch's work to protect local beaches, streams, salt marshes, and coastal waters.

Stormwater Conference - From August 22-25, the StormCon: The North American Surface Water Quality Conference and Exposition will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana. This conference features sessions on green infrastructure, stormwater program management, water-quality monitoring, erosion control, and others. More than 190 exhibitors will be on hand to provide information on current stormwater technology.

Drinking Water Workshop - From August 23-25, EPA, in collaboration with the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA), will hold the 13th annual Drinking Water Workshop in Cincinnati, Ohio. The workshop will provide in-depth training and information on various solutions and strategies for handling small drinking water system problems and compliance challenges.

Low Impact Development Conference - From August 29-31, the International Low Impact Development (LID) Conference will be held in Portland, Maine. The conference will highlight the use of green infrastructure and LID in municipalities, as well as new and existing work and research in the United States and internationally.

Boating Safety Course - Through July 9, the Massachusetts Environmental Police will offer Boat Massachusetts, a free, state and nationally approved boating safety course for boaters age 12 and older that concentrates on the equipment and operating guidelines needed to enjoy boating in a safe and responsible way. All graduates ages 12-15 will receive a safety certificate required by state law to allow operation of a motorboat without adult supervision. All graduates ages 16-17 will also be allowed to operate a personal watercraft (jet ski, wave runner, etc.).

Walk Inside the Inflatable Whales - In July and August, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will present two events that allow visitors to walk inside inflatable, life-like whales. Visitors can walk through a 50-foot gray whale and a 44-foot humpback whale. Learn all about the behaviors and habits of these magnificent whales from the inside out.

Family Field Walks - Through September, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold Family Field Walks. Naturalists will guide explorations focusing on the various plants, animals, habitats, and other ecological features along the John Wing Trail. These walks are approximately 90 minutes over somewhat challenging terrain. Walks are on Sundays through September 25 and weekdays from June 20-September 2.

Mudflat Mania - From June 28 through August 29, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold Mudflat Mania!, twice weekly hikes to Cape Cod Bay to explore the life on and below the Brewster sand flats.

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 - The NOAA seminar series website provides  listings and details on NOAA science and climate seminars and webinars that are taking place throughout the summer and are 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.

National Marine Life Center Programs - Through the summer, the National Marine Life Center in Buzzards Bay offers daily educations programs on marine animals, strandings, rehabilitation, and conservation. For more information, see the National Marine Life Center website.

Birdwatching for Beginners - Through August, 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.

Tuesday Tweets - On several Tuesdays into August, 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.

Nature Screen Summer Festival of Films - Through September 2, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will host its Nature Screen series with films focusing on science, technology, engineering, art, and math in nature. Join the museum for these compelling, educational and visually stunning documentaries that inspire appreciation, curiosity, and stewardship of the natural world and its inhabitants.

Cape Cod Bird Club Walks - Through September, the Cape Cod Bird Club will hold free bird watching walks throughout Cape Cod. The next walk will be held at Hemenway Landing in Eastham on July 8.

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.

Reminders - The following calendar items posted previously in CZ-Mail are still to come:

  • 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.
  • GIS and Water Resources Conference - From July 11-13, the American Water Resources Association will hold the 2016 Summer Specialty Conference, GIS and Water Resources IX, in Sacramento, California. This conference will focus on the role of GIS in supporting better decisions across a broad spectrum of water, land, ecological, and related resources. The latest GIS techniques and technology will be presented in the context of full implementation cycle, from data collection, process modeling, decision making, information dissemination, and action support.
  • Teachers on the Estuary Workshop - From July 11-14, the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve will hold a Teachers on the Estuary workshop in Wells, Maine. This free, four-day, field and research-based workshop is geared toward middle and high school teachers and will focus on sea level rise, climate change, blue carbon, watersheds, and estuaries.
  • Teachers on the Estuary - This Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (WBNERR) 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 and will run from July 25-28, plus a follow-up session in November. For more information, see the WBNERR website.
  • Urban Waters Training Workshop - From July 26-28, EPA’s Urban Waters Partnership will hold the 2016 Urban Waters National Training Workshop in Arlington, Virginia. The Urban Waters Movement strives to help restore urban waterways and revitalize communities.
  • Great River Race - On July 30, the North and South Rivers Watershed Association will hold the 2016 Great River Race, a seven-mile race along the South Shore’s North River. NSRWA invites all to participate on a non-motorized vessel (canoe, kayak, paddleboard, row boat, etc.). Proceeds from this event support NSRWA's work to protect and restore local streams, salt marshes, and the watershed.
  • National Nonpoint Source Monitoring Workshop - From August 23-25, EPA, in coordination with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, will hold the 22nd Nonpoint Source Monitoring Workshop, Making a Difference with Data-Driven Management, in Salt Lake City. The workshop is an important forum for sharing information and improving communication on controlling and tracking nonpoint source pollution at its source and in receiving water bodies. There will be 14 concurrent sessions and two plenary sessions designed to bring together individuals from a wide range of backgrounds including science, engineering, business, public policy, education, and community groups.

Other Items of Interest

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.

Wetlands Challenge - EPA’s National Wetland Condition Assessment Campus Research Challenge gives graduate students the opportunity to use data and innovative research for wetlands assessment and management. EPA will award up to $30,000 including a grand prize of $5,000. Proposals are due by September 30.

Mass Audubon Photo Contest - Mass Audubon is holding its 2016 Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest, which is open to all participants and seeks digital images that highlight the beauty and diversity of Massachusetts wildlife, habitats, people in nature, and Mass Audubon Travel. Entries are due by September 30.

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.