MIKE MAIN

MIKE MAIN

Mike is our facilities manager and takes care of maintenance around Reserve properties. He is a retired fire fighter, retired police officer, and currently has a small farm with horses, bee hives, and more!

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Tess Vennard

Tess Vennard

Tess works as a naturalist here at the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve andlooks forward to combining her interests in environmental science with public outreach every day.

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SOPHIA KHEBOIAN

SOPHIA KHEBOIAN

Sophia is part of Great Bay’s land stewardship team as the Conservation Land Assistant to work with staff on a variety of research and monitoring programs.

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What is SWMP?

What is SWMP?

In 1995, with the goal of understanding how estuaries change over time, the National Estuarine Research Reserve network implemented a standardized monitoring program across all 30 Reserves known as the System-Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP). This long-term program aims to measure and determine how conditions on the Reserves are changing in both the short and long term.

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Blue Crabs

Blue Crabs

As ocean temperatures continue to rise, marine organisms are being forced to adapt. The blue crab, Callinectes sapidus, an iconic Chesapeake Bay species, is an example of a species that is moving north to the Gulf of Maine’s warming waters. Historically, blue crabs have been rare north of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, but have been observed in New Hampshire and Maine more often recently.

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Osprey on Great Bay

Osprey on Great Bay

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.

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