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CZ-Mail - June 2017

The monthly electronic newsletter from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM).

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, send a blank email (please be sure that the email is completely blank, with no signature line) to 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 For daily updates from CZM, please follow us on Twitter.

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Renewable Energy Task Force and Offshore Wind Meetings - On May 16, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) convened a Joint Massachusetts and Rhode Island Renewable Energy Task Force Meeting in Falmouth. Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Undersecretary Ned Bartlett provided opening remarks welcoming BOEM, Task Force members, representatives of three offshore wind development firms, and stakeholders; highlighting the collaborative efforts and progress to date; and pointing to some of the next steps, including the upcoming Massachusetts competitive procurement pursuant to the Energy Diversity Act. BOEM staff provided updates on the status of the lease areas and environmental reviews, and offshore wind developer representatives discussed their plans for site characterization surveys and timelines for developing construction and operations plans. Following the Task Force meeting, the Commonwealth convened a public information meeting to share updates and answer questions. On May 17, CZM and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center held meetings of the Fisheries Working Group on Offshore Wind Energy and Habitat Working Group on Offshore Wind Energy. For more information on Massachusetts offshore wind, see the EEA’s Offshore Wind website.

CZM Spotlight: CZM Works with Sail Boston to Help Keep Coastal Waters Clean - From June 17-22, Sail Boston 2017 will welcome 40 tall ships to the Port of Boston. The event will feature a Parade of Sail through Boston Harbor with thousands of spectator vessels anchored along the parade route to view these historic sailing ships. Event organizers, the U.S. Coast Guard, and local harbormasters and marina operators have been planning for months, and CZM has worked with them to ensure that proper pollution prevention protocols and facilities will be in place to support the event. All of Massachusetts waters are designated as a No Discharge Zone, which prohibits the discharge of treated and untreated boat sewage into coastal waters. CZM’s primary role in planning this event was working with Sail Boston 2017 and the U.S Coast Guard through the federal consistency review process. CZM reviews federal projects (including project receiving federal permits or funding) that have the potential to impact the Massachusetts coast to ensure they meet state standards. Through this review, CZM identified the need for adequate and convenient pumpout facilities for all the spectator vessels expected to attend the Parade of Sail on June 17. CZM, along with the U.S. Coast Guard, then provided event organizers with a comprehensive list of pumpout boats and dockside facilities, along with detailed contact information. Organizers reached out to each pumpout facility to ensure event participation. As a result, sewage pumpout boats will be positioned throughout Boston Harbor to collect and properly dispose of waste during the Parade of Sail. In addition, CZM encouraged Sail Boston to develop a pumpout communication strategy that includes creation of a pumpout information web page, distribution of pumpout information to local marinas and harbormasters, and use of social media to further spread the word to boaters. This cooperation and collaboration will help protect the water quality in Boston Harbor so everyone can enjoy Sail Boston.

Seeking Local Cleanup Coordinators for COASTSWEEP 2017 - COASTSWEEP 2017, the annual statewide beach cleanup sponsored by CZM, kicks off in September—and now is the time to sign up to be a local cleanup coordinator for your favorite beach, marsh, dive site, and riverbank. 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 trash and other 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.

Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins - June 1 marks the start of hurricane season, and on May 25, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center forecasted an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season for this year (see the NOAA News release). NOAA’s prediction calls for 11 to 17 named storms forming in the Atlantic between June 1 and November 30. Five to nine of these storms are expected to turn into hurricanes, with two to four predicted to be major hurricanes (i.e., Saffir/Simpson category 3, 4, or 5 with sustained winds of 111 mph or greater). An average season produces 12 named storms of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes. For all the latest hurricane information, see the NOAA National Hurricane Center website, and for the definitions of watches and warnings for hurricanes and tropical storms, see the National Weather Service (NWS) Hurricane Preparedness - Watches & Warnings web page. CZM’s Hurricane Preparedness Kit and 2002 Coastlines magazine can help you reduce your risk and prepare your property and family for these dangerous storms. And for tracking information on storms heading toward Massachusetts, along with information on potential flooding and disaster recovery, see CZ-Tip - The Complete Guide to Online Hurricane Tracking for Massachusetts.

Grants/Funding/Proposal Opportunities

National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking proposals for the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program to fund the protection and restoration of coastal wetlands. Projects can include acquisition of coastal lands or waters for restoration, enhancement, or management of coastal wetland ecosystems. For details, see the Grant Opportunity. Applications are due by June 30.

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

  • Coastal Resilience Grant Program - CZM is seeking proposals for the Coastal Resilience Grant Program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. Up to $2.1 million in grants and technical assistance is available to coastal communities for innovative and transferable local coastal resilience initiatives that increase awareness and understanding of climate impacts, assess vulnerability and risk, conduct adaptation planning, and redesign vulnerable community facilities and infrastructure. Additionally, both coastal communities and certified 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations may seek funding for non-structural approaches (or green infrastructure) that enhance natural resources and provide storm damage protection. Applicants may request up to $500,000, a 25 percent match of the total project cost is required, and projects must be completed by June 30, 2018. To view the Request for Responses (RFR) and download required forms, see the COMMBUYS website. Proposals are due by 4:00 p.m. on June 5.
  • §319 Grants - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is seeking proposals for the §319 Nonpoint Source Competitive Grants Program to fund comprehensive projects that address nonpoint sources of pollution affecting water quality. Proposals are due by noon on June 2.
  • Parks and Conservation Grants - EEA’s Division of Conservation Services (DCS) is seeking applications for the FY 2018 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 12. Conservation Partnership applications are due by July 17.


2017 Boaters’ Guide to Tides and Pumpout Facilities - This wallet-sized pamphlet from the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries Clean Vessel Act (CVA) program contains information on the locations of pumpout facilities along the Massachusetts coastline and a June-September tide chart. Download a free copy from the CVA website. Limited hard copies are also available. Email your request and mailing address to Cecil French at

Pleasant Bay Sea Level Rise Report - The Pleasant Bay Alliance has released Sea Level Rise: Assessment of Impacts on Nauset Barrier Beach and Pleasant Bay (PDF, 2 MB), a report that provides an assessment of the Nauset barrier beach and Pleasant Bay system’s response to sea level rise. This study also examines the role of natural sediment transport processes in the protection of waterfront property and the preservation of coastal resources and the values each provides. Hardening of the shoreline, while intended to help stem the process of erosion, may actually worsen the problem.

Ocean Health Report - The Ocean Health Index has released the Ocean Health Index 2016 Annual Report, which provides a yearly assessment of worldwide ocean health from every inhabited continent.

SEAMAC Tidings - The spring 2017 issue of SEAMAC Tidings (PDF, 5 MB), the newsletter from the Southeastern Massachusetts Aquaculture Center (SEMAC), features articles on oyster flip bags, shellfish disease reports, and the latest results of a 14 year shellfish habitat assessment project.

Sound Waves - The April 2017 issue of Sound Waves, a U.S. Geological Survey newsletter, features articles on seafloor erosion in coral reef ecosystems, coastal and marine geology and drones, and other coastal and marine research news.

Newswave - The spring 2017 issue of NEWSWAVE, the quarterly newsletter on ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes activities from the U.S. Department of the Interior, features articles on lease proposals for oil and natural gas development on 73 million acres of the Outer Continental Shelf in the Gulf of Mexico, and other ocean and coastal news.

Marine Ecosystems and Management Information Service - The May 2017 edition of Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM), the bimonthly information service on marine ecosystem-based management (EBM) from the University of Washington School of Marine Affairs, focuses on attempts to make MEAM more global and other notes and news.

Marine Protected Area Newsletter - The May 2017 issue of MPA News features articles on Marine Protected Area (MPA) management in a changing climate, using an MPA as a sentinel site for ocean acidification, and other MPA news and notes.

Web-Based and Mobile-User Resources

MassBuilds - The Metropolitan Area Planning Council has developed MassBuilds, an online, interactive repository of past, present, and planned developments across the Commonwealth. MassBuilds lets users explore projects in full detail and search by geography, project status, development size, year of completion, and much more.

Green Infrastructure Guidebook - The American Planning Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, Nature Conservancy, National Association of Counties, Association of State Floodplain Managers, and Sasaki Associates have released Naturally Resilient Communities, an online resource showcasing how communities across the country have successfully mitigated the effects of extreme weather by relying on green infrastructure.

Marine Debris Curriculum - Washed Ashore in partnership with NOAA’s Marine Debris Program have released the new Washed Ashore Integrated Arts Marine Debris Curriculum, a free resource that focuses on the arts to teach students about marine debris and what to do to address it. Building on its effort creating large sculptures made of marine debris for a traveling exhibit that raises awareness about plastic pollution, Washed Ashore developed this curriculum, which includes presentations and hands-on classroom activities to teach students about marine debris, plastic use, and prevention.

Ocean Bites - Graduate students at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography have developed OceanBites, a new website that makes cutting edge oceanography research accessible to all. Website contributors explain recent oceanographic research in a way that non-experts can understand. OceanBites also highlights classic, seminal research papers and features opinion pieces about current research.

Blue Carbon Webinar - The NOAA Climate Stewards webinar, Blue Carbon, Green Infrastructure, Biodiversity and Human Health: Science to Support Coastal Conservation & Resilience, with Dr. Ariana Sutton-Grier, University of Maryland, is now available for viewing online.

Job/Internship Postings

Summer Positions for Teachers - The Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center in Nahant is seeking applications for two positions from high school teachers with five or more years of experience and an interest in marine science. The Coastal Ocean Science Academy (COSA) Instructor is a summer position responsible for teaching marine science outreach programs to high school students in field and classroom settings. The Genomics Educator Intern will work with Dr. Katie Lotterhos, whose research focuses on how marine organisms are adapting to climate change and other human impacts on natural systems. The intern will help plan and implement methods to teach basic genomic content to high school students. For full job descriptions, see the Marine Science Center website.


Climate Stewards Webinar - On June 5, NOAA’s Climate Stewards Education Project will present Turning Misinformation into Educational Opportunities by Dr. John Cook, a cognitive scientist from George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Communication. Dr. Cook will discuss his communication research, which points to an approach that neutralizes the influence of misinformation and increases science literacy and critical thinking skills.

Seafood Summit - From June 5-7, the SeaWeb Seafood Summit will be held in Seattle, Washington. This annual summit brings together global representatives from the seafood industry with leaders from the conservation community, academia, government, and the media. The goal is to advance solutions in sustainable seafood by fostering dialogue and partnerships that lead to a seafood marketplace that is environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable.

Nantucket Coastal Conference - On June 6, Woods Hole Sea Grant, in coordination with the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension and CZM, will hold the Nantucket Coastal Conference at the Nantucket Atheneum. Topics to be discussed include floodplain management, local coastal resilience projects, offshore wind generation, and coastal erosion. Please register for this free event. For more information, contact Greg Berman at or Steve McKenna at

MIT Sea Grant Open House - On June 8, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Sea Grant college program will hold an Open House at its new headquarters at 12 Emily Street in Cambridge. Visitors can take a tour of the new ecology lab and classroom space, listen to brief talks on ongoing Sea Grant research, see demonstrations of marine vehicles, and drive a SeaPerch ROV in the new 3,000 gallon testing tank. This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. Food and drinks will be served.

Time to Choose - On June 8, the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) will hold a screening of the movie Time to Choose at Cape Cinema in Dennis. This film, by Academy Award-Winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson, explores the comprehensive scope of the climate change crisis and examines the power of solutions already available. It features interviews with world-renowned entrepreneurs, innovators, thought leaders, and individuals living on the front lines of climate change. The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Dr. Philip Duffy, president and executive director of Woods Hole Research Center.

Aquarium Lecture Series - On June 8, as part of the New England Aquarium’s Lecture SeriesRobo-Shark: How High-Tech Tags Are Revealing the Secret Lives of Sharks will be presented by Nick Whitney, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium. Dr. Whitney will speak about his research, including fine-scale information on how sharks swim, rest, mate, and die. He will also explain some of the unique challenges that come with using these tags on sharks, as well as how this technology is providing crucial information for managing shark fisheries.

Salem Sound Run/Walk for the Beach - On June 11, Salem Sound Coastwatch will hold the 8th annual Run/Walk for the Beach in Beverly, a 5K event to support their efforts to protect local beaches and marine life.

WBNERR Greeter Training - The Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (WBNERR) is looking for outgoing volunteers to serve as Visitor Greeters at the Waquoit Bay Reserve Visitor Center. Greeters staff the Visitor Center for a 3-hour shift per week during the summer season. Trainings will be held on June, 13, 20, and 27. Lunch and a field trip to Washburn Island are included. For more information or to sign up, contact Laurie Tompkins at or call (508) 457-0495 x108.

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 June 13, the movie is Ocean Frontiers III, which explores the intersection of national security, commerce, fishing, recreation, offshore wind energy, aquaculture, and scientific discovery and tells the story of how ocean planning helps to manage and balance ocean uses. 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.

Rain Garden Workshop - On June 15, APCC will hold a Rain Garden Workshop at the Osterville Village Library. Participants in this free, hands-on workshop will plant an actual rain garden at the library. Pre-registration required. Please bring gardening gloves and favorite hand tool.

Ipswich River Paddle-a-thon - On June 17, the Ipswich River Watershed Association (IRWA) will hold the Ipswich River Paddle-a-thon. Participants can paddle the river from the Topsfield Fairgrounds to Ipswich or choose their own route. All proceeds support IRWA and its efforts to keep the Ipswich River clean and healthy. Registration is required.

Sail Boston - From June 17-22, Sail Boston 2017 will be held in Boston Harbor. Boston is an official port for this Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, which started in Royal Greenwich, United Kingdom. From there the ships raced to Portugal and are now heading to Bermuda and then to Boston. On June 17, the Grand Parade of Sail will feature a parade of vessels from Broad Sound into the main channel of Boston Harbor, turning at Charlestown, before proceeding to berthing areas. Public viewing of the parade will be spectacular from Castle Island, Seaport District, Boston Waterfront, East Boston, the North End, and Charlestown. Following the parade, the ships will remain open for boarding, which is free and open to the public.

Fish Passage Conference - From June 19-21, the International Conference on Engineering and Ecohydrology for Fish Passage will be held in Corvallis, Oregon. Fish Passage 2017 is a national forum for researchers and practitioners to exchange findings and experiences on fish passage issues. This three-day conference includes concurrent sessions in engineering, biology, management, and social issues.

Climate Change Program - On June 23, the Environmental Business Council of New England will present part five of its Climate Change Program Series. Adaptation and Resiliency Programs at Institutions will explore institutional adaptation and resiliency efforts and the opportunities to augment local and regional efforts, including funding models, information availability, technological deployment, and policy development. This program will feature leaders from across the Northeast to speak about challenges, financing, and implementation of solutions.

Climate Change Solutions Conference - From June 25-28, the American Water Resources Association will hold the 2017 Summer Specialty Conference, Climate Change Solutions, in Tysons, Virginia. The conference will provide an opportunity for water resources professionals working in research, management, policy, and education to gather, discuss, and collaborate to discuss the future of sustainable water management.

National Marine Educators Conference - From June 25-29, the National Marine Educators Association 2017 Conference will be held in Charleston, South Carolina. This conference brings together marine educators from around the world to promote awareness and education of the global marine environment.

Ocean Summit—Call for Abstracts - From November 29-December 1, the World Ocean Council will hold the Sustainable Ocean Summit in Halifax, Canada. This summit provides a global platform for companies and organizations to advance the development and implementation of industry-driven solutions to ocean sustainability challenges. See the Call for Abstracts, which are due by June 30.

Summer Classes for Kids - This summer, the Thornton Burgess Society will hold summer classes for children ages 3-12 at the Green Briar Nature Center in East Sandwich. Daily classes run from July 5 through August 25 and incorporate E-STEM (Environment, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). For more information and to register, see the Society’s website.

Teachers on the Estuary Maine Workshop - From July 10-12, the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve will hold a Teachers on the Estuary Workshop in Wells, Maine. This free, three-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.

Water Resources and Infrastructure Conference—Save the Date - On July 12, the New England Water Environment Association will hold the Water Resources & Infrastructure Climate Resiliency Specialty Conference at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. This one-day event will include concurrent sessions, panel discussions, exhibits, and a keynote presenter. Attendees will learn what communities are doing to enhance resiliency for critical municipal infrastructure, how these efforts are being financed, and practical solutions to tackle the effects of climate change and sea level rise.

Teachers on the Estuary Rhode Island Workshop - From August 8-10, the Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve will hold a Teachers on the Estuary Workshop (PDF, 614 KB), on Prudence Island, Rhode Island. This free, three-day, field and research-based workshop is geared toward middle and high school teachers and will focus on estuaries and impacts of climate change on salt marshes. All meals and lodging will be provided. Space is limited. Applications will be accepted until June 9.

Boating Safety Course - Through August 13, the Massachusetts Environmental Police will offer Boat Massachusetts, a free, state and nationally approved boating safety course for boaters age 12 and older. The course 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 that allows operation of a motorboat without adult supervision, as required by state law. All graduates ages 16-17 will also be allowed to operate a personal watercraft (jet ski, wave runner, etc.).

Science Seminars - The NOAA seminar series website provides listings and details on NOAA science and climate seminars and webinars that are available across the nation.

MACC Education - The Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) offers a variety of specialized education programs. Visit the MACC Complete Education Catalog for 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 Community Calendar provides a schedule of programs.

Birdwatching for Beginners - The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History’s Birdwatching for Beginners with Gretchen Moran Towers presents 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 June 1.

Cape Cod Bird Club Walks - The Cape Cod Bird Club holds free bird watching walks throughout Cape Cod. The next walk will be at Scusset Beach in Sagamore on June 3.

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. The next session is on June 6.

Spring-Summer Walks in Harwich - The Harwich Conservation Trust has posted its schedule of spring and summer walks. All walks are free and open to the public. See the Trust’s website. The next walk is at Bells Neck Conservation Lands on June 7.

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. The next course is Hiking Backwoods and Beaches from June 10-11.

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 24 and various weekdays from June 19-September 1.

Summer Professional Development - This summer, the Museum Institute for Teaching Science will hold the 2017 Summer Professional Development Institutes across the Commonwealth. One-week science oriented sessions are available for educators in grades 3-8 and middle school and high school teachers.

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 Sanctuary 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.

Joppa Flats Wildlife Sanctuary Programs and Activities - Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Wildlife Sanctuary in Newburyport provides numerous birding walks, field trips, 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:

  • World Oceans Day - World Oceans Day is June 8 and activities celebrating oceans and coasts are held across the world throughout June. The 2017 theme is Our Oceans, Our Future. See the World Oceans Day website to view events.
  • EBC Annual Awards - On June 8, the Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC) will hold its Annual Awards Celebration in Boston to recognize companies, organizations, and individuals for outstanding environmental/energy accomplishments in the promotion of a sustainable, clean environment.
  • Sea Level Rise Forum - On June 11, the Boston Museum of Science will host Sea Level Rise and Extreme Precipitation: Preparing for Boston's Uncertain Future, a daylong forum where participants will explore potential vulnerabilities to infrastructure, social networks, and ecosystems from sea level rise and extreme precipitation events and discuss potential strategies for addressing these threats. Participants will also make recommendations for increasing Boston’s community resilience. The event is designed to gather the opinions of a diverse range of people from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives, therefore those interested must apply to participate.
  • Marine Invasive Species Workshop - On June 13, Salem Sound Coastwatch will hold a Marine Invasive Species Workshop in Salem. This workshop is free and open to the public. Attendees will see, touch, and learn about marine bio-invaders that live in tide pools, on floating docks, and on the rocky shoreline. An optional trip to the Winter Island tide pool will follow. Be sure to wear shoes that can get wet and are suitable for walking on rocks. For more information, see their website or contact info@
  • Wetlands Delineation Course - From June 15-16, Woods Hole Sea Grant, in coordination with the Barnstable County Cooperative Extension and CZM, will hold Basic Wetland Delineation and Its Dirty Little Secrets, a wetlands delineation course taught by Dr. Richard D. Rheinhardt. One half day will be spent in the classroom, and two half days in the field. The course is primarily intended for Conservation Agents and Conservation Commissions. For more information, please contact Greg Berman at or Steve McKenna at
  • Buzzards Bay Swim - On June 24, the Buzzards Bay Coalition will host the 2017 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.

Other Items of Interest

e360 Video Contest - The fourth annual Yale Environment 360 Video Contest is now accepting entries. Submissions must be films that focus on an environmental issue or theme, have not been widely viewed online, and are a maximum of 20 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. Entries are due by June 9.