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December 19, 2017

Rain barrel workshop at NIWB reserve. Photo courtesy of Clayton Stairs/South Strand News.


Great Bay, New Hampshire
Reserve Manager Cory Riley joined colleagues from the N.H. National Estuary Program and the N.H. Department of Environmental Services on New Hampshire Public Radio’s program The Exchange on Monday, December 18th. The show focused on the recently released 2018 State of Our Estuaries Report, which features data from the Great Bay NERR’s monitoring program. Cory discusses the importance of NERRS partnerships and the vital work of the reserve in understanding and reporting on the health of New Hampshire’s coastal habitats. Way to go Cory!


Weeks Bay, Alabama
We always knew that Yael Girard and Angela Underwood were “pals” of coasts, now people across Alabama know it as well.  As Governor Kay Ivey noted during the recent Partners Against a Littered State (PALS) Governor’s Awards, they are among those who “have actively contributed to keeping Alabama beautiful.” Angela, the Weeks Bay reserve’s education coordinator, and Yael, the executive director of the Weeks Bay Foundation, were recognized for their efforts to clean up the coast. Yael received the “Vulcan Volunteer of the Year Award” for coordinating clean up activities that collected 2,000 pounds of rigid plastics.


Old Woman Creek Reserve, Ohio
Have we underestimated the role methane-producing microbes play in climate change? Thanks to a study conducted at our Old Woman Creek reserve by researchers from Ohio State University, the answer might be yes. “In the journal Nature Communications, researchers at The Ohio State University and their colleagues describe the discovery of the first known methane-producing microbe that is active in an oxygen-rich environment. Oxygen is supposed to be toxic to such microbes, called methanogens, but the newly named Candidatus Methanothrix paradoxum thrives in it.”


Wells Reserve,  Maine
Reserves are places to discover your passion for science, as Saint Joseph’s College student Brooke Murch discovered at the Wells Reserve in Maine last summer. Brooke used time-lapse video methods to study how the opening and closing of mussels relates to environmental conditions. “We’ve worked hard to create and foster an innovative and productive research program with students and faculty at Saint Joseph’s College,” says Dr. Jason Goldstein, research director of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. “We are trying to find better ways to harness affordable technology to monitor and gather data for some of the most important ecosystems on the planet and in Maine, estuaries..I cannot think of a better way to engage students, faculty, and the community to steer our boat into new and exciting opportunities.”


Hudson River Reserve, New York
For nearly 200 years, the Hudson River Reserve’s Cruger Island has been home to extraordinary treasures. Today, this spiny outcropping tucked amid the northern marshes of Tivoli Bay is protected for its bald eagle nesting sites. But in the 1840s, it served as “the unlikely setting for a collection of Mayan sculptures brought more than 1,700 miles north from their points of origin by writer/adventurer/railroad entrepreneur John Lloyd Stephens and his sketching sidekick, Frederick Catherwood.” What sorts of treasures have found a home at your reserve? Let us know at


Elkhorn Slough Reserve, California
Along with a “slough” of partners, California’s Elkhorn Slough reserve netted a $400,000 grant to restore 46 acres of tidal marsh and 5 acres of perennial grasses. Just when we though Elkhorn could not get more beautiful! Many thanks to California’s Wildlife Conservation Board for funding a project that will benefit wildlife and people.


North Inlet Winyah Bay Reserve, South Carolina
Local residents found that building a rain barrel is good for the environment and your wallet, thanks to our North Inlet Winyah Bay reserve. They partnered with the Georgetown County Stormwater Division and the Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium to offer a build-it-yourself rain barrel workshop.

On December 19, 2017 / NERRS in the News
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