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TONIGHT - Wednesday, September 17, 6:30pm

Sea Level Rise on Cape Ann - Taking Action Locally

Elks at Bass Rocks, 97-101 Atlantic Road, Gloucester MA 01930

Exhibits and refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm.
Meeting starts at 7:00.

Free and open to the Public

Dr. David Burdick and Dr. Paul Kirshen, professors at the University of New Hampshire and associates in Coastal Ecology and Restoration and the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, will be the keynote speakers. Dr. Burdick will speak on "Sea Level Rise and Natural Wetlands." Dr. Kirshen will speak on "Sea Level Rise and Upland Structures." Sea levels are rising and the Massachusetts coastline is designated as a "hot spot." Burdick and Kirshen are widely known for their scientific lectures on what is known and expected with respect to Sea Level Rise (SLR) in a manner that is accessible, informative, and motivating. Their illustrated presentations will provide the explanatory context for SLR and focus on the impacts on coastal communities with special emphasis on Cape Ann. In response to their lectures, Tom Balf and Barbara Warren will comment on two local initiatives underway on Cape Ann. The forum will be coupled with FOGH's brief but important annual meeting. Denton Crews will summarize the recent accomplishments and upcoming projects of the association: beach improvements made by the Department of Public Works, salt marsh monitoring, and a preliminary study of the proposed Thatcher Road walkway. The agenda for the forum and annual meeting may be downloaded here.

Sponsored by Friends of Good Harbor with co-sponsors: Salem Sound Coastwatch and Maritime Gloucester

Saturday, September 20

Trails and Sails - Beach Seining Demonstration

11:00 am, Forest River Park, Salem

What fish live in Salem Harbor? At this beach seining demonstration, Salem Sound Coastwatch staff and volunteers will walk a large seining net into the water and then drag it back to shore where we'll lay it out, gather around to examine the catch, and talk about what we found. Seining is used by marine scientists to gather information about species living in a body of water. SSCW staff will answer questions and share information about the Salem Sound estuary, marine habitats and the ecology of Salem Sound.

Free and all ages welcome.


International Coastsweep in September and October. Join us on a beach cleanup! Please RSVP.

  1. Saturday, September 27, 9 am - Collins Cove, Salem
  2. Thursday, October 9, 9 am - Gas House Beach, Marblehead
  3. Saturday, October 11, 9 am - Dane Street Beach, Beverly
  4. Saturday, October 18, Noon - Palmer Cove, Salem
  5. Saturday, October 25, 9 am - Fisherman's Beach, Swampscott

Contact us at info@salemsound.org or call 978-741-7900, if you are interested or have questions about how to volunteer.

October 9th - High Tide at Noon
Gulf of Maine King Tides Photo Contest

Participate in the first-ever regional King Tides Photo Contest, capturing images of how the astronomical high tide affects coastal areas, including wharves, utilities, causeways, marshes, and beaches. King Tides illustrate what may become - with sea-level rise - the new tidal norm. Contest details can be found on the Gulf of Maine King Tides website. This contest is a collaboration between organizations from three states and two Canadian provinces. MassBays is the Massachusetts partner for the event.


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Race for Salem Sound on August 23, 2014

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