The Great Bay Estuary is home to several types of birds. Some are common backyard birds while others are wading birds like the the seasonal Great Blue Heron. If you’re lucky, you might even see some larger predatory birds including the Bald Eagle or Osprey. Each year, several pair of osprey return to Great Bay to lay their eggs and start the next generation.
Eelgrass is a cornerstone species of healthy estuaries and the status of eelgrass populations gives us insight into the overall health of Great Bay.
To help towns and cities around Great Bay address this challenge, GBNERR partnered with the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership, NH Sea Grant and the New England Environmental Finance Center to host an eight-part workshop series for municipal engineers, planners and leaders.
Sarah is a part of the Great Bay Discovery Center’s education team, working to develop programming for families and young children including the Once Upon an Estuary program.
With help from our fantastic partners, the Reserve hosted an inaugural Great Bay Research Symposium in October 2022 to foster more management relevant research about Great Bay.
Have you always wanted to work for a National Estuarine Research Reserve? Well, here’s your chance to get muddy and money!
The storm that hit the coast on Friday, December 23rd caused the Reserve some headaches. A tree went through our kayak pavilion, and the power went out- putting our aquarium animals in danger and our alarms and heating systems on the fritz. But the flooding! Did you get out and see the coast late morning on Friday?
I spent this summer as Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s (GBNERR) Ernest F. Hollings Scholar, funded by NOAA, and it was an incredible learning experience. This internship allowed me to engage in a wide range of tasks, where I was able to meet inspiring people who were always willing to share their experiences and wisdom with me.
This year on October 13th, Great Bay Reserve is hosting its first-ever Research Symposium geared towards encouraging greater scientific research and monitoring in Great Bay and its surrounding watershed.
How can we protect our shorelines from erosion and rising seas while preserving the ecological benefits of a natural shoreline? That’s the question the Great Bay Living Shoreline project has been tackling over the past year, and now we can see the newly generated designs and ideas for four diverse Great Bay sites.