NI-WB NERR News & Events
Land managers, researchers, land stewards and local officials who are challenged with making conservation decisions in a changing environment are invited to participate in the NI-WB CCVATCH Pilot Project Kick-off workshop. This workshop will be an opportunity for potential users of this tool to learn more about its development and how they can become involved, and to discuss the use of climate change vulnerability assessments in conservation planning. Please contact Jennifer Plunket if you would like more information about this workshop.
Please join researchers, staff from local, state, and federal agencies, and other practitioners, to share information about climate-related tools, resources, experiences, and activities in the Carolinas on April 28-29, 2014 in Charlotte, N.C. This will be a very interactive conference geared towards networking and exchange among stakeholders and decision makers throughout the region. Abstract submission forms and the registration website are now available, and the abstract submission deadline is January 10, 2014. Please visit the Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference site for more information.
Scientists, natural resources managers, conservationists and the ecological restoration community are invited to attend the second Tidal Creeks Summit on Dec. 16-17, 2013 in Wilmington, N.C. Sea Grant programs from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida have partnered to organize this meeting focused on discussing the issues in understanding and managing impacts on tidal creek in southeastern communities. The summit's objectives are to:
- Identify the current state of knowledge regarding tidal creek research and management in the southeast.
- Identify current issues and threats to tidal creek system ecology and function (management needs) and relevant future research efforts (e.g., classification, restoration, monitoring).
- Evaluate the current and potential management and restoration strategies to protect and enhance the ecology and function of tidal creeks (e.g., development setbacks, buffers, impervious cover limits, stormwater BMPs and restoration efforts).
- Identify recent trends in tidal creeks science, management and status
Please visit the web site for more information about the summit.
The NI-WB Reserve is pleased to welcome Michelle LaRocco to our team as Coastal Training Program Coordinator. Michelle has a BA from Columbia University-Barnard College where she majored in Environmental Biology and a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Between degree programs, Michelle was a stewardship coordinator with The Nature Conservancy and worked with local communities to manage a 400-acre preserve in Warren County, NJ. She also gained experience one summer as Island Manager for the Waquoit Bay NERR.
Dr. Matt Kimball also joined the team this summer as the new Assistant Director of the Baruch Marine Field Laboratory and Assistant Research Professor in the Baruch Institute. Matt's undergraduate degree was from UNC Chapel Hill, masters from NC State University, and PhD from Rutgers University, where he worked in New Jersey marshes in the area of estuarine fish ecology. That was followed by a postdoctoral experience at Louisiana State University. Most recently, he has arrived from Jacksonville, FL where he had been an Assistant Research Professor in Biology at the University of North Florida and Research Coordinator for the Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas NERR since 2011.
Additionally, the BMFL has new Assistant Administrator, Kim Powers, who will take over in the reception area where Jan Blakely served us so well over the past 21 years. Jan is now the lead person in the office, filling the vacancy left by Diana Aguilera’s retirement this past April.
NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR) and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are pleased to announce the copmleteion of the Estuaries 101 Middle School Curriculum, a new online multi-media science curriculum for grades 5-8th. This curriculum provides interactive learning tools to teach fundamental concepts in science and develop scientific thinking skills, while helping students discover and virtually explore the nation’s biologically rich estuaries. It is available FREE on the estuaries.noaa.gov site in easy to access teacher downloads.
Each season, the Reserve Education Program offers a series of fun, educational activities for the general public to experience first-hand the unique environments at the Reserve. From kayaking to beach walks to how to catch and cook your own local seafood, there’s sure to be something for everyone. View the Current Program Schedule here, or visit the Education Page for more information about the Reserve’s Education Program. To register for programs or for more information, please call 843-546-4623.