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Staying Connected to Great Bay

May 5, 2020 | Great Bay, New Hampshire, Informed Citizens, Reserves, Share your story, What We Work For

Photo and story courtesy Molly Dennett, a volunteer at New Hampshire’s Great Bay Reserve

I love the many hats I can wear volunteering at the Great Bay Resreve. I teach groups of school children who come for field trips in the fall and spring. I greet visitors at the exhibit room and facilitate exploration of our Discovery Tank. In the summer, I assist with the kayak and Baywalk programs. One of my favorite things to do is to help with research projects—biomonitoring, water sampling to test for salinity, and green crab hunts, just to name a few.

One of my favorite days on the bay was when we were water sampling at the Bunker Creek property. The tide was coming in, and we decided rather than hop (or jump or run) across the water/mud to get to the different sites, we would just walk in thigh deep water down the creek. Fortunately it was a warm day and we didn’t mind getting wet!

I miss my work at the Discovery Center. Right now we would just be getting started with the spring activities, but it has all been put on hold for now. The staff is great—sending out weekly emails to the volunteers with updates and fun tidbits of information. We even had a zoom meeting recently so we could “see” and talk to each other, and I am hoping to soon be back to work.

Molly (right) collects data in the field with University of New Hampshire researcher and Reserve partner David Burdick (left).

Left: Molly leads a group on the Reserve boardwalk. Right: At the end of a long day, Molly rests tired feet and muddy boots!

Molly joins other Great Bay volunteers on a field trip.

Molly helps to record data in the field.

Every Reserve is special. And everyone has a Reserve story to share. Why do you care about your Reserve? How has it made a difference in your life? Have a few minutes today? We want to hear your story.


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