October 2015

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CZM Receives Grant to Monitor and Assess Climate Change Impacts to Tidal Marshes

CZM has received a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant to develop a program to monitor and assess climate change impacts to tidal marshes. This project will build on current work by CZM and partners that includes modeling coastal wetland response to sea level rise, with an eye toward identifying barriers to and opportunities for marsh migration, and developing a network of sentinel sites to track changes in vegetation communities in the tidal marsh-upland ecotone (a transition zone between two ecosystems). The new project will expand sentinel site monitoring to include a land cover change analysis program that tracks changes in the spatial extents of tidal marsh microhabitats (e.g., vegetation communities, pannes, pools, creeks, and ditches) using automated and/or semi-automated image analysis techniques, high-resolution imagery, and lidar. It will also expand on-the-ground efforts to monitor biological and physical changes on the marsh interior and seaward extent at all sentinel sites over time. Together, these projects form a holistic program that will inform development, application, and monitoring of site-specific climate change adaptation strategies. Additionally, this grant provides support for a project to demonstrate a salt marsh assessment approach for Cape Cod and the Islands using the Conservation Assessment and Prioritization System (CAPS) framework developed by University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and CZM. Visit CZM's Conservation Assessment and Prioritization System for Coastal Wetlands web page for more information on CAPS. The new climate change and CAPS projects will begin in January 2016 and run through 2017 and September 2018, respectively.

COASTSWEEP 2015—Still Sweeping Through Coastal Towns

September kicked off the 28th annual COASTSWEEP, the state’s volunteer beach cleanup organized by CZM as part of Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. Volunteers have already turned out throughout Massachusetts to collect marine debris, such as trash, fishing line, and other human-made items, and record what they found. At Carson Beach in South Boston, 21 Bank of America employees collected more than 120 pounds of trash from a seemingly pristine beach. At Salisbury Beach, more than 100 volunteers found over 4,000 cigarette butts. Off Pebble Beach in Rockport, divers collected countless small pieces of plastic hidden among reef rocks and packed three bags with trash while cleaning the beach in between dives. But COASTSWEEP isn’t over yet! There is still plenty of time to volunteer at a scheduled cleanup or to organize one of your own at a local beach, coastal site, or even an underwater site (see the Scuba Diving in Massachusetts tip described below for more on great dive sites for future cleanups). All the supplies (bags, gloves, data cards, pencils, etc.) are provided free of charge, and cleanups can be scheduled at your convenience into early November. To find out more, see the COASTSWEEP website, especially the Get Involved page and the 2015 Cleanup List, or check out COASTSWEEP on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more on becoming a local cleanup coordinator, see this Mass.gov Blog posting from CZM. Also see the COASTSWEEP Press Release for more on the 2015 cleanups.

CZ-Tip: Immerse Yourself in Massachusetts Waters

Scuba diving in the Bay State may be a chilly affair, but adventurous divers can find a range of exciting experiences. For example, look for the elusive electric Atlantic Torpedo Ray or watch squid dance during night dives at Gloucester’s Folly Cove. Search for starfish in the sandy waters off Provincetown, and hunt down a lobster for dinner while you’re there. Cavort with curious seals around Graves Light in Boston Harbor, or venture into deeper waters to explore the wreck of the City of Salisbury, one of the many shipwrecks resting just off the Commonwealth’s coast. Learn more about these and other great dive sites—and how to get started if you’re new to scuba—in CZ-Tip: Scuba Diving in Massachusetts.

Grants/Funding/Proposal Opportunities

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Proposal Deadline for CPR Grants Is Now October 9 - CZM is seeking proposals for the Coastal Pollutant Remediation (CPR) Grant Program. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, 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. Under the original posting, proposals were due September 4—the Request for Responses (RFR) has been reposted with a deadline of October 9. For more information, to view the RFR, and download required forms, see the COMMBUYS website.

Marine Debris Education and Outreach - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Debris Program is seeking proposals for a Marine Debris Prevention through Education and Outreach Federal Funding Opportunity, which will fund projects to educate the public about marine debris through dedicated activities that prevent the introduction of marine debris. For more information, see Grants.gov. Letters of intent are due by October 26.

Marine Debris Funding Opportunity - NOAA’s Marine Debris Program is also seeking proposals for Community-based Marine Debris Removal Grants to fund grass-roots, community-based activities that improve living marine resource habitats through the removal of marine debris. Projects awarded through this grant competition implement on-the-ground marine debris removal activities, prioritizing medium to large-scale debris, including derelict fishing gear. For more information, see Grants.gov. Applications are due by November 17.

Urban Waters Small Grants - EPA is seeking proposals for the Urban Waters Small Grants program to fund projects that will address urban runoff pollution through diverse partnerships that produce multiple community benefits, with emphasis on underserved communities. Approximately $1.6 million is expected to be available for this grant round. Proposals are due by November 20.

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

  • Ocean Acidification Research Funding - The Northeast Sea Grant Consortium, in partnership with NOAA Ocean Acidification Program, is seeking proposals to address the impacts of ocean acidification (OA) on key resource species in the northeast (New York Bight to the Gulf of Maine) as an aid to assist coastal communities in adapting to current and future OA conditions in the region. For more information, see the Request for Proposals (PDF, 87 KB). Preliminary proposals are due by October 15.
  • 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) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. This post-disaster mitigation grant funding is now available statewide as a result of the federal disaster declaration for the January 2015 Severe Winter Storm. These grants assist applicants with 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 MEMA website. Applications are due by November 23.


2014 MassBays Annual Report - The Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program (MassBays) has released the 2014 MassBays Annual Report (PDF, 1.8 MB), which highlights accomplishments in the regions and new habitat assessment and protection tools for resource managers, including Coastal Stormwater Management Through Green Infrastructure: A Handbook for Municipalities (PDF, 12 MB), a map-based Inventory of Plans and Assessments, and the Estuary Delineation and Assessment Viewer. This year, MassBays Regional Coordinators continued to provide critical interagency coordination and recruited hundreds of volunteers to conduct surveys and monitoring, manage stormwater, and provide outreach and education—leading to restoration and enhancement of nearly 500 acres of estuarine habitat.

Community Resilience Case Studies - The Georgetown Climate Center has released Case Studies in Building Community Resilience, a report that explores how municipalities, states, and other regions in the United States and China are taking action to build resilience to natural hazards, extreme weather, and climate change through a series of new case studies. Case studies from Louisiana and Shanghai focus on reducing vulnerability to coastal storms and flooding. Studies of Austin, Texas, and Beijing describe efforts to address water scarcity. Finally, profiles of Washington, DC, and Hong Kong include measures to address urban heat impacts.

MassBays Newsletter - The summer 2015 issue of the MassBays Newsletter, the quarterly update from MassBays, highlights work carried out by interns across the bays this summer, availability of the 2015 State of the Bays Symposium Proceedings, and the 2014 MassBays Annual Report (PDF, 1.8 MB).

Ebb & Flow - The September 2015 issue of Ebb & Flow, the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration eNewsletter, features articles on the Hoosic River Naturalization Project and other restoration updates, grant opportunities, events, and resource links.

WHOI Newsletter - The September 2015 issue of the WHOI newsletter, a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) monthly e-newsletter, features articles on using ultrasound to assess coral reef health, carbon storage in the Arctic Ocean, and other ocean science news, research, and events at WHOI.

Natural Hazards Observer - The September 2015 issue of the Natural Hazards Observer, the bimonthly periodical of the Natural Hazards Center in Boulder, Colorado, features articles on New York’s Rising Community program, five months after the earthquake in Nepal, Iceland’s volcanoes, and other natural hazards news and information.

Marine Ecosystems and Management Information Service - The September 2015 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 marine planning along Canada’s Pacific coast, EBM policies around the world, and other notes and news.

Marine Protected Area Newsletter - The July-September 2015 issue of MPA News covers assessing the state of the art in Marine Protected Area (MPA) management training programs, local fisheries management and marine conservation, and other MPA news and notes.

Marine Protected Areas Connections - The September 2015 issue of Marine Protected Areas CONNECTIONS, news from the National Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Center, includes articles on whale videos featuring the blue whale, exploring marine monuments in the Pacific, and other MPA news.

Sound Waves - The July-September 2015 issue of Sound Waves, the newsletter from U.S. Geological Survey, features articles on coastal erosion in Northern Alaska, the effect of climate change on coral reefs, and other coastal and marine research news.

Web-Based and Mobile-User Resources

Storm Surge and Hurricane Strike Map - EPA’s Climate Ready Water Utilities Initiative has released the Storm Surge Inundation and Hurricane Strike Frequency Map, an interactive map that illustrates the current worst-case storm surge and inundation scenarios on the American Gulf and Atlantic coasts. The map combines data layers from the FEMA 100- and 500-year flood maps as well as NOAA Sea, Lake, and Overland Surge from Hurricanes (SLOSH), and National Hurricane Center's coastal county hurricane strike maps.

Sea Level Change - The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory has produced Watching Rising Seas from Space, a video that shows an alarming change in sea levels over the last 23 years. The data reveal that the height of the sea surface is not rising uniformly everywhere. Regional differences in sea level rise are dominated by the effects of ocean currents and natural cycles. But, as these natural cycles wax and wane, they can have major impacts on local coastlines. For more information, see the NASA website.

NOAA’s Coastal Education Resources - NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management offers a variety of Digital Coast trainings that can help coastal managers with a range of coastal management issues. In addition, the National Estuarine Research Reserves has lesson plans and Data in the Classroom provides teachers with data and curriculum modules to use real-time data and to share the excitement of the coastal world with students.

Marine Debris Education: Curriculum and Activities - NOAA’s Marine Debris Program provides free and downloadable marine debris resources. A lesson plan can be built using marine debris videos, activities, and curriculums. Learn how to incorporate these resources into the classroom through the Trash Talk Webinar. For more information on marine debris, see these Trash Talk videos.

Public Comment

Please note: All official CZM requests for public comment are published in the Public Notices section of the Environmental Monitor, the bi-weekly publication from the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) office. Available opportunities for public comment from other agencies and organizations are provided below.

Clean Vessel Act - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking comments to develop revisions to the Clean Vessel Act Grant Program (CVA), which funds recreational vessel pumpout facilities. Comments are especially sought from those with interest in CVA and associated topics, but particularly from members of the public having experience in administering CVA, those receiving services from CVA-funded facilities, and those manufacturing, selling, or installing CVA-funded facilities and equipment. For more information and to submit comments, go to the Regulations.gov website. Comments are due by November 13.

Job Postings

Outreach Program Instructor - The Northeastern University Marine Science Center in Nahant is seeking applications for an Outreach Program Instructor. This position is responsible for developing and implementing meaningful and effective programs to promote ocean literacy in youth and to foster their interest in and awareness of the study of marine science and related careers. The Marine Science Center Outreach Program serves thousands of youth and educators each year through the delivery of place-based education programs that focus particularly on local coastal and marine ecosystems. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Policy Director - The Massachusetts Rivers Alliance is seeking a Policy Director to develop and implement strategies to advance legislative and other policy initiatives that advance the organization’s four main goals: protecting and restoring streamflow, improving water quality, conserving and enhancing wildlife habitats, and increasing public investment in environmentally sound water infrastructure. Applicants should have a strong interest in river protection, and relevant prior legal, science, policy, and regulatory agency experience. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Nahant Marine Science Center Open House - On October 3, Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center in Nahant will host its annual Open House for all ages. All are welcome to this free event that includes a tour of the building and research labs, a fieldwork obstacle course, touch tanks, a COASTSWEEP beach cleanup, and more.

Archaeology Events On Cape Cod - In October, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History (CCMNH) will host several Archaeology Month programs. A Wing Island Guided Walk with Archaeologist Dan Zoto will be held on October 3 and 31. A Taylor Bray Farm Archaeological Project Update is scheduled for On October 17, with lead investigator, Craig Chartier, describing the findings of the 2014 field season that focused on the 1640 Taylor homestead dig. On October 24, the museum will host an Archaeology Open House with Dan Zoto and the entire team of CCMNH archaeologists where visitors can tour the CCMNH archaeology lab, view artifacts from local excavations, and learn about the archaeology of the area.

Storm Preparation Workshops - In October, the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve will present Are You Ready for the Next Big Storm?: A Workshop Series for Hardy Cape Codders (PDF, 1 MB). Through four Thursday evening workshops, attendees will learn practical tips to keep safe and comfortable while also contributing to Cape Cod’s resiliency. The workshops kick off on October 1 with Cape Cod Strong: Meeting the Challenges of Coastal Storms, followed on October 8 with Safe and Warm Before, During, and After the Storm. The next session on October 15 is Eating Your Way to a Resilient Community and the series concludes on October 22 with How Your Town Can Reduce Flood Insurance Rates and Save Lives and Property, which features CZM’s Cape Cod and Islands Regional Coordinator, Steve McKenna. All workshops are from 7-9 p.m. at the Waquoit Bay Reserve in Falmouth.

Ocean and Climate Literacy Webinar - On October 8, NOAA’s National Marine Protected Areas Center, EBM Tools Network, OpenChannels.org, and MPA News will present a webinar entitled Inspire Ocean and Climate Literacy and Conservation through MPAs by Claire Fackler of NOAA.

Low Cost Nutrient Reduction at Wastewater Treatment Plants - On October 15, EPA’s Watershed Academy will present Implementing Low-Cost Modifications to Improve Nutrient Reduction at Wastewater Treatment Plants, a webcast that showcases a number of communities that achieved better nutrient reduction at treatment plants through relatively low-cost modifications without requiring costly infrastructure upgrades. These findings were initially released in the draft report, Case Studies on Implementing Low-Cost Modifications to Improve Nutrient Reduction at Wastewater Treatment Plants, which found that nitrogen discharge levels in 12 case-study plants were reduced by about 20-70%. Two case studies also documented low-cost phosphorus reduction of 40-58%.

Creating a Revenue Stream for Stormwater Management - In October, the Commonwealth’s Baystate Roads Program will hold several Creating a Revenue Stream for Stormwater Management workshops (PDF, 1.6 MB) on how to develop a stormwater utility. Presenters include regional planners, consultants, and municipal staff who will be share analytical tools, practical advice, and stories from their own experience in Massachusetts communities. Seats remain for workshops in Marlborough on October 15 and Taunton on October 22.

October Is Massachusetts Archaeology Month - From October 16-17, in celebration of Massachusetts Archaeology Month, the Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources (BUAR) will participate in the Archaeological Institute of America’s Archaeology Fair at the Boston Museum of Science. The fair is directed to school groups on Friday, October 16, and families/general public on Saturday, October 17. BUAR activities include participation in a mock “dig” of a shipwreck and exhibits. For more events, see the Archaeology Month website, which features a poster of an anonymous shipwreck in Gloucester being investigated by BUAR.

Northeast Regional Planning Body Forum - On October 20, the Northeast Regional Planning Body will hold a Fall Stakeholder Forum in Durham, New Hampshire. Register to participate.

There’s a Scientist in My Classroom! - On October 22, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will host There’s a Scientist in my Classroom!, a workshop for K-12 teachers from the Falmouth (and surrounding) area to meet graduate students and scientists from the Woods Hole Consortium and discuss opportunities for collaboration in the classroom. The goals of the workshop are to create partnerships between Falmouth-area teachers and scientists from Woods Hole, provide an opportunity for teachers to enrich science classes through visits by scientists from Woods Hole, and offer a chance for scientists to enhance their skills in communication through outreach to classrooms.

Ecosystem-Based Management of Our Oceans Lecture - On October 23, the Northeastern Marine Science Center will host the 4th annual Burba Family Lecture, Ecosystem-Based Management of Our Oceans: Fairy Tale or Finally Here?, by Dr. Phil Levin from NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center. Levin is a community ecologist and conservation biologist specializing in fishes in a variety of marine, estuarine, and freshwater habitats. He is currently focused on developing new ecological approaches to solving fisheries and conservation problems.

Rising Seas Summit - From November 3-5, the 2015 Rising Seas Summit will be held in Boston. This 3rd annual summit will bring professionals together to highlight the interrelationships between sea level rise, climate change, and extreme events. The 2015 summit will feature plenary sessions, breakout panel discussions, off-site tours, and more. CZM’s Julia Knisel will participate in a Financing Adaptation Measures breakout panel.

North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium Annual Meeting - From November 4-5, the Annual Meeting of the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium will be held at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The 2015 annual meeting agenda will be available in October.

Environmental Education Conference - From November 8-10, the New England Environmental Education Alliance will host the 2015 New England Environmental Education Conference, Climate of Change, in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. This conference will bring together scientists, communications experts, educators, students, and others to discuss and share ideas around four key themes: climate change, changing climate of environmental education, evolution of the environmental movement, and environmental challenges of today and tomorrow.

Coastal and Estuarine Research Conference - From November 8-12, the 2015 Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Conference, Grand Challenges in Estuarine and Coastal Science: Securing our Future, will be held in Portland, Oregon. Topics of special sessions and workshops will include: managing and mitigating the risks of climate change; ocean acidification, hypoxia, and eutrophication; polar estuaries and coasts; estuaries under threat; and more.

Hurricane Planning Workshops - In November, MEMA will present two HURRIPLAN Resilient Building Design for Coastal Communities workshops. HURRIPLAN is a newly developed approach for hurricane resilient community planning and building design. Designing for hurricane hazards and community sheltering also provides the opportunity to deploy sustainable design strategies that enhance the resilience of coastal communities. This course is targeted for a broad cross section of professionals involved in emergency management, planners, building and zoning officials, mitigation specialists, developers, engineers, land owners, architects, and building managers and owners. From November 9-10, MIT Sea Grant Program will host a workshop in Gloucester. See the MEMA website for registration details. From November 12-13, Woods Hole Sea Grant will host a workshop in Woods Hole. See the MEMA website for registration details.

Fish Tank Workshop - From November 9-10, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute will hold a Fish Tank Workshop, Taking Stock: A Workshop to Collaboratively Improve Stock Assessments, in Plymouth. This workshop will build on seven Fish Tank meetings held earlier this year with a goal to create a forum for fishermen (commercial, recreational, and charter-for-hire), scientists, nonprofit partners, regulators, and funders to develop research priorities and activities to address stock assessment needs in the region.

Great Marsh Sea Level Rise Symposium - On November 12, the Great Marsh Coalition will hold the 4th Great Marsh Sea Level Rise Symposium, Great Marsh Communities in Action, at Woodman’s of Essex. This full-day workshop allows coastal decision makers and practitioners from the region to explore, share, and discuss various ongoing case studies of efforts to mitigate sea level rise impacts in the Great Marsh—the largest continuous stretch of salt marsh in New England, extending from Cape Ann to New Hampshire. Coffee and lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required by November 10. Discounted registration of $15 is available until October 30 and will increase to $20 after that date. For more information, contact Kathryn Glenn at kathryn.glenn@state.ma.us.

Massachusetts Trails Conference - From November 13-14, DCR, in partnership with the Massachusetts Recreational Trail Advisory Board, will hold the 2015 Massachusetts Trails Conference in Leominster. This year's conference will feature workshop sessions and field trips. Registration is now open.

Youth Conservation Summit - From November 13-14, the 2015 Youth Conservation Summit will be held at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida. This special event will celebrate five years of empowering young people to take action to protect the planet’s marine ecosystems, and will feature speakers, workshops, and community activities. The weekend will kick off with the Community Ocean Conservation Film Festival, featuring ocean conservation films and highlighting the ocean conservation work of students. Summit attendees will learn from marine scientists and conservationists about current threats facing marine ecosystems, work with mentors to develop action plans for ocean conservation projects, and take part in workshops designed to provide the skills necessary to successfully implement these projects.

Northeast Regional Planning Body Meeting - From November 16-17, the Northeast Regional Planning Body (RPB) will meet in Portland, Maine. The Northeast RPB includes representatives from the six New England states, 10 federally recognized tribes, 10 federal agencies, and the New England Fishery Management Council. Its mandate is to create a New England Ocean Plan and oversee its implementation.

Water Resources Conference - From November 16-19, the American Water Resources Association will hold the 2015 annual Water Resources Conference in Denver, Colorado. Join 500 multidisciplinary water resource professionals for exhibits, field trips, workshops, and presentations on science, engineering, policy, management, fisheries, and economics as they relate to current water issues.

Working Waterfront and Waterways Symposium - From November 16-19, the 2015 National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium will be held in Tampa, Florida. The goal of this triennial symposium is to increase the capacity of saltwater and freshwater coastal communities and stakeholders to make informed decisions, balance diverse uses, ensure access, and plan for the future of working waterfronts. The symposium will feature concurrent sessions, plenary sessions, and posters.

Living Shorelines Workshop - From December 1-2, Restore America's Estuaries, in partnership with the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation, will hold a Living Shorelines Workshop in Hartford, Connecticut. This workshop, Living Shorelines: Sound Science, Innovative Approaches, Connected Community, will feature nationally relevant issues and discussions along with region-specific sessions.

StormCon 2016—Call for Papers - From August 22-25, 2016, StormCon 2016, the North American Surface Water Quality Conference and Exposition, will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana. Conference organizers are seeking presentations in six program tracks: best management practice case studies, green infrastructure, stormwater program management, water-quality monitoring, and industrial stormwater management. See the Call for Papers, which are due by December 9.

Hazus Conference - From December 9-11, the eighth annual Hazus User Conference, Hazus and the Emergency Management Life Cycle: From Practice to Policy, will be held in Atlanta, Georgia. Hazus is a nationally applicable, standardized methodology that contains models for estimating potential losses from earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes.

MACC Education - MACC offers a variety of specialized education programs for the fall. 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 - Every other Tuesday through October, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold Tuesday Tweets, birdwatching 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.

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.

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, including naturalist-led bird walks and nature and aquatic adventures for families. 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.

Morning Birding and Other Events on Plum Island - Throughout the fall, the Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Education Center will host a Wednesday and Saturday morning birding series to explore some of Plum Island’s most productive birding hotspots. The center also hosts numerous other fall events, classes, and education activities, such as training to be an education volunteer or learning how to band birds for research. For event and schedule information, see the Joppa Flats program catalog.

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.

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

  • Boston Harbor Islands Regatta - On October 3, the Boston Harbor Island Association will host the 11th Annual Boston Harbor Islands Regatta. Join one of the largest races in Boston, with more than 100 boats in 10 competitive classes, to help support the Alliance’s initiatives for public programs and access to the islands.
  • CitiesAlive Conference - From October 5-8, the CitiesAlive: 13th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference will take place in New York City. Join sustainable building professionals and speakers from across the design, development, planning, and utility sectors for tours, training and plenary sessions, and a trade show to promote living architecture in support of urban resiliency to natural hazards, including hurricanes, fires, floods, and food shortages.
  • Sea Grant Science Symposium - On October 6, the 14th annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium, Sharing Practical Solutions, will be held in Narragansett, Rhode Island. This one-day conference will provide participants with information on the state of marine spatial planning.
  • Crowds and Climate Conference - On October 6, the Crowds and Climate Conference will be held at MIT in Cambridge. The event will feature presentations on how to tackle specific climate change challenges from MIT’s Climate CoLab, an online community of experts and non-experts working together to develop proposals on how to address climate change. Presentations will be followed by an interactive workshop.
  • Green Infrastructure Webcasts - The EPA Green Infrastructure Program Webcast Series features bimonthly webcasts geared toward public officials and practitioners just beginning to implement green infrastructure, as well as those looking to enhance established programs. The next webcast is Winter Weather O&M for Green Infrastructure on October 6.
  • National Coastal Conference - From October 13-16, the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association will hold its National Conference, Broadening Coastal Perspectives, in New Orleans. The conference will feature concurrent sessions on beach nourishment, storm surge, offshore sand resources, living shorelines, coastal modeling, coastal structures, resiliency, and much more.
  • MACC Fall Conference - On October 17, MACC will hold its Fall Conference, Wetlands Replication and Restoration: Let’s Get It Right!, at Devens Common Center in Devens. Presentations will cover success and failure of restoration projects, techniques to improve success rates, regulatory requirements, proper orders of conditions and monitoring, and general principle concepts and techniques of ecological restoration.
  • Dredging 2015 Conference - From October 19-22, the Dredging 2015 Conference, Moving and Managing Sediments, will be held in Savannah, Georgia. The conference will bring together professionals and practitioners to discuss a broad spectrum of topics related to dredging and include presentations on many types of dredging projects, ranging from navigation channel deepening and maintenance to environmental restoration to the development of new ports and marinas.
  • Ocean ’15 - From October 19-22, the Marine Technology Society and the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society will hold the OCEANS’15 Conference, Sea Change: Dive into Opportunity, in Washington, DC. Join more than 2,500 scientists, engineers, educators, industry leaders, and policy makers for technical presentations, tutorials, workshops, networking opportunities, and a product exhibition.
  • Oyster Symposium - From October 21-23, the 6th International Oyster Symposium will be held in Woods Hole. The conference is designed to allow representatives from academia, industry, business, conservation, restoration, government, and cultural communities from around the world to share research, case studies, and projects relative to oysters.

Other Items of Interest

Marine Conservation Internship - The Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) in Key Largo, Florida, is now accepting applications for the spring 2016 Marine Conservation Internship. This four-month internship provides an in-depth look into REEF's volunteer fish survey project and invasive lionfish program, providing an array of diverse experiences including scientific diving, outreach and education, data collection and management, nonprofit operations, and public speaking. Interns will have many opportunities to dive and volunteer with partner organizations in the Florida Keys and South Florida. Applications are due by October 19.

Gulf of Maine King Tides Photo Contest - On October 28, Gulf of Maine residents can participate in the regional King Tides Photo Contest by capturing images of how the astronomical high tide affects coastal areas, including wharves, utilities, causeways, marshes, and beaches. Join an international volunteer effort to document the local extent of the coast on that day. King tides illustrate what may become, with sea level rise, the new tidal norm. This contest is a collaboration between organizations from the Gulf of Maine states and Canadian provinces. MassBays is the Massachusetts partner for the event. Last year’s finalists were from Massachusetts, Maine, New Brunswick, and New Hampshire. Images from the contest are used for educational purposes—helping communities visualize potential future conditions due to sea level.

Beneath the Waves Film Competition - The Beneath the Waves - Youth Making Ripples Film Competition is an opportunity for K-12 students to use their creative talents and serve as a voice for the oceans. Elementary, middle, and high school students are encouraged to create marine related films (less than 5 minutes). Submissions are due by December 5.

Ocean 180 Video Challenge - The Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence Florida has launched the Ocean 180 Video Challenge, a nationwide opportunity for ocean scientists and middle school students. This fall, ocean scientists will submit 3-minute videos that explain their research, which are due by December 11. The top 10 videos, targeted for middle school students, will be viewed by registered middle school classrooms who will select the top three winners. Middle school teachers are invited to register their classrooms by December 15. Judging will take place from January 4-February 15, 2016.