Donate Items to NERRA Auction Now!

Donate Items to NERRA Auction Now!

They’re baaaaaaaack! Our very own bidding bunch is back to make your auction experience more awesome than ever!

The NERRA auction is back, and we learned a few things last year. Now it’s even easier to donate, browse cool stuff, track bids, and—most of all—have fun! We are excited to kick off the first phase of our auction by accepting item donations on Auctria through October 22nd, with bidding kicking off on November 1st.

We’re counting on everyone to do what we NERRds do best—come together to make our System stronger! Last year’s incredible donations included adventurous trips, stylish fashions, sleek monitoring equipment, fun swag, and of course—the best sweets, treats, and snacks that our coasts have to offer. Get creative and have fun with your donations. No item is too NERRdy.

Check out NERRA’s auction page for more details, and look for updates in the weeks to come! The auction is NERRA’s only annual fundraiser, and vital to helping us support Reserves in what they do.

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Top 5 Sweetest #IHeartEstuaries Valentines

Top 5 Sweetest #IHeartEstuaries Valentines

Jen Plunkett at South Carolina’s North Inlet-Winyah Bay shows #IHeartEstuaries some love.

This month, estuary lovers shared why they say #iheartestuaries across the NERRS and beyond. We are so grateful NERRds aren’t shy to share their estuary love. Together with our partners at the Association of National Estuary Programs, and Restore America’s Estuaries, we reached more than 40,000 people to share what makes these places special and why programs like the NERRS are so important. So many messages were so incredibly sweet, we’re sharing just a few of our favorites here. If you want to really relive the warm-and-fuzzy glow of #iheartestuaries, you can follow the hashtag on Twitter here

Most importantly of all, Congress heard from you! You broke out the hashtag for all kinds of reasons: the educational opportunities, the childhood memories, the calming nature, restoration successes, and your love for the wildlife that call estuaries home. You even stood out in the cold and looked a bit silly for the occasion. Thanks to everyone who participated for melting our hearts.

1. Scripps Institution of Oceanography wrote a mushy marshy poem.

2. …and another estuary lover did too! (Thanks Jane!)

3. Virtual Reserve Programs got a shout-out from the PEW Trusts.

4. New Hampshire Congresswoman Shaheen treasured her estuary.

5. JCNERR staff put together a video of all the reasons they say #IHeartEstuaries.

Reserve staff at Great Bay Reserve show some #IHeartEstuaries commitment. 

Spread the Word (and the Love)—#IHeartEstuaries is Coming

Spread the Word (and the Love)—#IHeartEstuaries is Coming

Estuary love starts young! Photo courtesy Great Bay Reserve.

This February, we’re making estuaries our Valentine. If you have loved all that the NERRS have to offer this year—from being natural outdoor places of refuge, to online science education, to data tools and training—help us spread the love by pitching in with NERRA’s #IHeartEstuaries social media campaign.

From 2/12 to 2/14, please join NERRA and our partners in our annual social media campaign to show Congress how much everyone values our estuaries and programs from coast to coast.

It’s not too early to start planning: check out this FAQ about the campaign and share it with anyone who loves estuaries as much as you do—from Reserve friends groups and partners to personal friends and family members. All NERRds are welcome—as long as you’re not shy about professing your sappy and unabashed estuary love!

Thanks, as always, for helping NERRA support Reserves and the special places we love.

Feeling Grateful

Feeling Grateful

The Sapelo Island Margaret A. Davidson Fellow, Sydney Williams, discusses her water quality research for the health of Georgia’s coasts. See her full video, along with other fellows from around the country, here.

Need a boost? Take a break to watch a video created by our Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Research Fellows for NERRA’s 2021 Season of Gratitude campaign.

Each video reminds us of the energy and talent the fellows have brought to our Reserves and the support of our champions in Congress who made it possible. 

If watching one of these videos is just the tonic you need to brighten up the winter, share the feeling! We encourage everyone to share the videos far and wide on your social media and websites. Don’t forget to thank your congressional representatives when you do!


The NERRS Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Research Fellowship is a two-year program that places one graduate student at each of the 29 National Estuarine Research Reserves. Each fellow addresses a key coastal management question to help scientists and communities understand coastal challenges that may influence future policy and management strategies. Learn more.

Be a Winter WiNERR!

Be a Winter WiNERR!

NERRA is auctioning some choice monitoring equipment donated by our good friends at Xylem/YSI and In Situ. These items must go before the end of 2020.

This winter auction has low minimum bids, making it easier to acquire this gear at a lower cost. But don’t get outbid—you know how sneaky some NERRds can be! Auction closes Sunday, December 20th. 

All equipment proceeds benefit NERRA, which works to support NERRS programs all year round. The end of 2020 is drawing near, so don’t miss this chance to end it on a positive note—be a winter winNERR!

Thank You, Photography NERRds!

Thank You, Photography NERRds!

A winning photo from Nicholas Jacobs, ACE Basin Reserve.

From composition and shutter speed to how to keep mud off the gear, our NERRS photographers show a real dedication to their craft.

Thanks to all of you who submitted more than 170 photographs—the biggest submission pool yet—to NOAA’s 2020 National Estuaries Week photo contest. Gorgeous, poignant, playful—your photos remind us why we love estuaries and work to protect them.

Enjoy the winning photos from these artsy #estuaryheroes here.

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