Stories from the Field: Missteps and Lessons Learned

Stories from the Field: Missteps and Lessons Learned

Anyone who has participated in fieldwork has learned the valuable lesson: expect the unexpected. Even when you’ve prepared for every “what if” scenario, something will inevitably happen where you need to think quickly on your feet; whether that is pushing a boat across a mudflat to chase the outgoing tide, saving a boat from sinking using the shirts off your back, showing up to your first day of fieldwork with everything but a writing utensil, or finding make-shift tools in the field.

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UNPACKING A SEA OF GREEN: WHY PLANTS GROW WHERE THEY DO IN A SALT MARSH

UNPACKING A SEA OF GREEN: WHY PLANTS GROW WHERE THEY DO IN A SALT MARSH

Many people recognize the firey hue glasswort brings to a salt marsh as it turns red in the fall. Even from a distance, those with a discerning eye can pick out the bands of low marsh that fringe the water’s edge. Real connoisseurs of drive-by marsh plant identification can even pick out the dusty grey-green of spike grass (Distichlis spicata) interwoven with the backdrop of salt marsh hay (Spartina patens), but why do these plants grow in the places they do?

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Project Launched: Great Bay Eelgrass Resilience

Project Launched: Great Bay Eelgrass Resilience

After nearly a year of planning, consultations and proposal writing, GBNERR staff are helping launch the Great Bay Eelgrass Resilience Project. This is the first update about the Great Bay Eelgrass Resilience Project. Periodic updates like this one will help keep communities around Great Bay and others informed and engaged and provide a preview of results as they begin to emerge. Read more to learn about this exciting project!

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We’re hiring!

We’re hiring!

Have you always wanted to work for a National Estuarine Research Reserve? Well, we’re hiring! We are looking for a part time Maintenance Mechanic.

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Moss or Lichen?

Moss or Lichen?

During your outdoor adventures you probably see many green things growing on trees and rocks (epiphytes)….fungus, algae, moss, lichen….it can be easy to confuse them, especially moss and lichen…..what is the difference? Simply put, lichens are not a plant, and mosses are…did you know that?

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NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholar, Nikki Vanelli

NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholar, Nikki Vanelli

Thanks to the funding of the NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship, I was able to get a 10-week experience of a lifetime here at Great Bay. I’ll be going into my senior year at Salve Regina University with field, lab, and professional experience that support my pursuit of an Environmental Studies degree.

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Volunteerism-A Beginning of the Return to Normal

Volunteerism-A Beginning of the Return to Normal

In many ways 2020 seems like a lost year, and in fact when many of our staff say ‘last year’ we are thinking of 2019. The Research and Stewardship programs were able to continue almost as normal, and the Coastal Training Program shifted to online trainings. The Education program shifted to take-home activities and social media posts that helped educate the public and encourage outdoor exploration. But what about volunteers?

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