At the beach this summer? Remember that it's not just a pretty spot for enjoying sand and surf - beaches are habitat! Look out for the animals, birds, bugs, and plants that call them home.
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August 25:  Film screening, "Chasing Ice," Chatham
August 26:  Volunteers needed, Marine Invasive Species MonitoringSalem
August 29:  Association to Preserve Cape Cod Annual Meeting, Dennis
September 3:  Pontoon boat tour, Shorebird Migration, Marshfield
September 6:   Volunteers needed, Marine Invasive Species MonitoringBeverly
September 10: Harbor Fest, Beverly
September 17:  Pontoon boat tour, River Geology, Marshfield
September 24: Guided walk, "Salt Marsh in the City," Salem
link to youtube video, "eelgrass is extraordinary!"
Got a minute?MassBays, with funding from EPA's Climate Ready Estuaries Program, teamed up with MIT Sea Grant to produce two one-minute videos about eelgrass and its potential for long-term carbon storage. The video linked above is an introduction to eelgrass as a habitat, while the one below describes its carbon-storage potential. 
link to youtube video, "Green eelgrass, Blue carbon"
Grant writing resources MassBays teamed up with the Department of Environmental Protection and Bay State Roads to host a series of grant writing workshops for municipal staff and nonprofits. Presentations and handouts are on MassBays' website under "Technical Transfer Resources." 

This Old House Helps This Great Marsh

PBS producers visit the Upper North Shore

Last month, MassBays' Upper North Shore Regional Coordinator Peter Phippen convened television producers, the Salisbury Beach Betterment Association, a landscaping company, volunteers, and a coastal homeowner to demonstrate landscaping that will prevent contaminated rainwater from reaching the Great Marsh -- all under the bright glare of television lights and cameras.

The rain garden built on property abutting Black Rock Creek Marsh will catch stormwater before it runs off a paved driveway and into the marsh, protecting habitat from pollutants carried in the runoff -- and it looks great, too!

Ask This Old House Productions caught the installation on tape, and will broadcast it on PBS this fall. Peter, the landscaper, and homeowner will all be featured.  We hope that this “how to” film will instruct and inspire other homeowners living adjacent to wetlands to do the same for their local environment.   
Landscape consultant in the field
A Nawada Landscape Design consultant talks about marsh-friendly plantings for the Ask This Old House cameras. Photo: P.Phippen

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Mapping Eelgrass in Salem Sound

The Department of Fish and Game's Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) received funding from MassBays to conduct acoustic mapping of eelgrass beds in Salem Sound this summer. DMF will assess the results of restoration efforts initiated in 2010, as well as information about the general current conditions and trends over time for this important estuarine habitat, especially in comparison to mapping conducted last year in Duxbury Bay through a similar collaboration.
boat-based acoustic imaging underway in Salem Sound
DMF staff conducted acoustic surveys of eelgrass beds off Winter Island in Salem Sound this week. Photo: MassBays intern N. Moreno
aerial photoanalysis results
Division of Marine Fisheries' analysis of aerial photographs of Duxbury Bay (sample above) suggests significant loss in eelgrass habitat between 1951 and 2012. Dark green shading signifies dense eelgrass beds, light green represents more sparse eelgrass, and peach is "questionable," though previously identified as vegetated by the Department of Environmental Protection. Image provided by K.Ford
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The Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program is a cooperative venture of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Charlie Baker, Governor; Karyn E. Polito, Lieutenant Governor
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs - Matthew A. Beaton, Secretary
Office of Coastal Zone Management - Bruce K. Carlisle, Director
Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program - Pam DiBona, Executive Director
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