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Calling all California students! Print Email
Written by Office

Calling all California students!   

You are invited to enter the California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest!

Kelp Forest, by Alexa Sharpe, 12th grade, 2012 contest, Torrance


The California Coastal Commission invites California students in kindergarten through 12th grade to submit artwork or poetry with a California coastal or marine theme to the annual Coastal Art & Poetry Contest. Up to ten winners will be selected to win $100 gift certificates to an art supply or book store, and each winner's sponsoring teacher will receive a $50 gift certificate for educational supplies, courtesy of Acorn Naturalists . All winners and honorable mentions will receive tickets for their families to visit the Aquarium of the Pacific, courtesy of the Aquarium. Students may have their work featured on Commission web pages and materials, and winning entries will be exhibited throughout the state.

Entries must be postmarked by January 31, 2013 to be eligible for the upcoming contest. For rules and entry form (and helpful links for teachers and students), visit our website, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call (800) Coast-4U. You can also download a contest flyer.

The 2012 contest is currently on exhibit at Crystal Cove State Park cottage #46.  Visit it there until the end of December, when it travels to its next location at Channel Islands National Park Visitor enter in Ventura Harbor.

Visit the California Coastal Commission's Public Education Program on the web at www.coastforyou.org

Harbor Porpoises - Safe Harbor Print Email
Written by Mark

harbor porpoiseWe've all experienced the magic of the wonderful harbor porpoises gracing our local waterways on our open sails. I've heard several stories on the increase in their numbers in recent years.

You can read the full scoop in Bay Nature Magazine article Safe Harbor written by William Keener of the GG Cetacean Society. Their research whaler is a few slips down from us at Clipper 4.

More than a wildlife spectacle, the presence of these shy animals could be telling us something positive about the health of the Bay ecosystem. Big mammals, especially carnivores, are in decline everywhere. Unless humans intervene, as with the wolves reintroduced to Yellowstone, they rarely make a comeback. Yet it's happened here--the porpoises have "reintroduced" themselves to San Francisco Bay...

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Romberg Tiburon Discovery Day Print Email
Written by Barbara McVeigh

Romberg TiburonRTC Discovery Day Open House

Date: Sunday, October 30
Time:
11:00-16:00
Location:
3150 Paradise Drive, Tiburon, CA 94920

Discovery Day is the one day of the year when the public can visit and spend the day behind the scenes, meet  scientists and learn about their research in San Francisco Bay and beyond.

There will be displays covering impacts of climate change and other human intervention on life in SF Bay, the SF Bay food web, estuaries, measuring currents in SF Bay, microscopic algae, underwater sounds, wetland habitats, and biodiversity. Listen to engaging talks on topics such as the history of the RTC site, plankton research in the Amazon River outflow, and the mysterious sounds of the SF Bay fish.

And, you may even learn why the bay porpoises you see while sailing virtually disappeared for 65 years until just recently!

SEA partnered with RTC for a successful youth program called SEA explorers this August. Scientist Joseph Spaulding will be at the Cohen Lab - be sure to say hi!

We look forward to more opportunities to accomplish our mission supporting stewardship and conservation.

Look for other SEA members at this event!

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Romberg Tiburon Discovery Day 2012 Print Email
Written by Barbara McVeigh

rtcrtcRomberg Tiburon Center Discovery Day Open House

A wonderful hands on marine bio science experience for youths and adults!

Date: Sunday, October 21
Time:
11am - 4pm
Location:
3150 Paradise Drive, Tiburon, CA 94920
RSVP: RSVP at Eventbrite

Discovery Day is the one day of the year when the public can visit and spend the day behind the scenes, meet  scientists and learn about their cutting edge marine biology research in San Francisco Bay and beyond.

There will be displays covering impacts of climate change and other human intervention on life in SF Bay, the SF Bay food web, estuaries, measuring currents in SF Bay, microscopic algae, underwater sounds, wetland habitats, and biodiversity. Listen to engaging talks on topics such as the history of the RTC site, plankton research in the Amazon River outflow, and the mysterious sounds of the SF Bay fish.

SEA partnered with RTC for a successful SEA Explorers in August 2011 and will continue the collaboration into 2013.
Look for other SEA members and SEA Explorers Logbook at this event!
We look forward to more opportunities to accomplish our mission supporting stewardship and conservation.

Flyer Here

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Coastal Cleanup this September! Print Email
Written by Barbara McVeigh

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Coastal Cleanup, it's 27th year, is scheduled for September 17 at Horseshoe Cove, and SEA is making final preparations to participate, as we did last year.

Date: September 17, Saturday
Time: 09:00 - 12:00
Location: Horseshoe Cove at Fort Baker
Category: Members

California Coastal Commission has scheduled many great events in both the Marin and San Francisco Counties.

As active users of the wonderful Bay and beyond, it's in our interest to help insure we all do our job to keep our environment clean and healthy. You can help!

*CELEBRATE COASTWEEKS!*

Each fall, people across the country participate in COASTWEEKS, a celebration of our coastal and water resources. In 2011 the California celebration takes place from September 17 to October 9, kicked off by the 27th Anniversary of California Coastal Cleanup Day! The California Coastal Commission has compiled a calendar of over 200 coastal and water-related events taking place in 31 counties.  Please visit the calendar at www.coastforyou.org and find just the right activity for you, your friends, and your family to celebrate our coast and inland waterways! 

SEA Explorers Print Email
Written by Barbara McVeigh

The SEA Explorers program is not currently running.

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Summer and Fall
Days:
Monday - Friday
Hours: 9am - 2pm
Ages: 9-14

SEA is proud to announce the SEA Explorers program in partnership with Romberg Tiburon Center.  This Citizen Science Sailing Program connects youths with their marine environment by engaging them with hands on skills and marine observations.

Depending on grant funding, SEA offers scholarships to underserved in San Rafael area in partnership with local agencies.

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Antarctica Phytoplankton Print Email
Written by Barbara

IMG_92892Date: May
Time: 18:30
Location:Sausalito
Cost: $5 Donation Requested

What can plankton in Antarctica tell us about our ocean's health and climate change? And, how do scientists manage to conduct research in the extreme climate? Bay Area Sailor and Marine Biologist, Anne-Carlijn Alderkamp recently returned from her third Antarctic expedition, and she will share the exciting research her team has been conducting.

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Unexpected Surprise on a Keelboat Sail Print Email
Written by Helena Ghez

img_0528Prediction: Rain. Prediction: Cloudy low 60s.

The weatherman was incredibly wrong all week -- we had sunny skies and close to 70 degrees for our keelboat sail. While the wind died down to 5 knots (from a prediction of 25 knots!), John Paul, Pawel and I ventured out with plans to meet Kenichi and Catherine who were also out sailing.

We never made it as we had a big surprise! While cruising on the East side of Angel Island, we had a visitor…a 40 foot whale who was 20 feet from our boat! Little did we know, male whales will come into the Bay. We watched as it swam away, coming up to the surface every few minutes. It was a National Geographic moment in our backyard!

After another hour, we sailed back to Sausalito, completely jazzed with our outing.

Moral of the story: When you least expect it, it will happen. Oh yes, and keelboats sails are amazing!

Attention to Whales in Farallones Print Email
Written by Office

NOAA’s Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Asks Bay Area Boaters to Watch Out for Whales

NOAA’s Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary advises San Francisco Bay Area boaters to watch out for and steer clear of whales. Multiple whale species migrate into the area in large numbers during the spring and summer. Boaters should use caution year-round, but springtime presents a higher chance of coming into close contact with whales.

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