It takes fortitude, consistency, and a willingness to embrace your inner early bird to be a member of the Falmouth Water Stewards Pondwatch program, but the results are worth it. In cooperation with Jordan Mora, a scientist at the Waquoit Bay reserve, these citizens are contributing to our understanding of how estuaries are changing and ultimately how we can take actions to help. Read more >
Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay Reserve
Underwater eelgrass meadows are important habitats for a variety of marine life. Unfortunately, a recent survey, reported in the Providence Journal, shows that Rhode Island lost nearly a fifth of its eelgrass from 2012 to 2016. Our Narragansett Bay Reserve has been working with the University of Rhode Island and the state’s Coastal Resources Management Council to collect data to support this survey since 2006, but as Reserve Research Raposa Kenneth Raposa notes: “We need a few more of these Bay-wide efforts to really be able to start talking about trends. Right now we only have a few points over time.”
The Delaware Bay Reserve
What has ten eyes, legs that chew, blood that saved your life, and is cute enough to kiss? A horseshoe crab, of course. This Washington Post story followed Elle Gilchrist, a 20-year-old intern with the Delaware Reserve, as she experienced the excitement and natural history that fuels the annual horseshoe crab census. The Delaware Reserve joined the census in 2000 and coordinate three of the 25 beaches included in the bay-wide survey. You can see the reserve’s survey report here.
Florida’s Rookery Bay Reserve
Anne Kidd Taylor’s new novel puts a whole new spin on what it means to swim with the sharks. In this review from the Fort Myers’ Florida Weekly, we learn the story behind Taylor’s novel about Maeve, a world-traveling marine biologist obsessed with sharks. Taylor credits a shark tagging trip at the Rookery Bay Reserve as being critical for the research for her novel. “I used that whole experience to inform Maeve’s work,” she says.
Also inspired by the Rookery Bay Reserve is a new piece in National Geographic’s Voices in Diversity Blog: Everglades Restoration: Alterations of Downstream Biodiversity. On a reserve-led kayak tour, blogger Erika Zambello contemplates how this pristine site with mangroves islands, spotted mullet leaping from the shallows, and wading birds of all shapes and colors is affected by development. Erika is visiting all of the National Estuarine Research Reserves in the continental United States as part of a fellowship from NOAA.