Feb. 17: Science Sunday with Christine Fejeran

Join us for Science Sunday this weekend! Sunday, February 17 at 2pm at the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center in Sumay. This month we feature Christine Fejeran, Cooperative Fire Program Manager, with Guam Dept. of Agriculture’s Forestry Division. Christine and her team want to hear from all of you – our island community! It’s all about Wildfire Preparedness and Community-driven Action. But wait, what does wildfire preparedness have to do with coral reefs? Wildfires that burn on our hills means that we have less trees and plants to absorb rainwater. And when it rains, a lot of that bare soil washes into our rivers and eventually out to our reefs.

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Wildfires harm our communities and our environment.   Photo courtesy of C. Fejeran.

Learn more about erosion impacts to Guam’s reefs and how our community can help here.

Guam Forestry and partners will discuss and share ideas with attendees to develop a strong and effective day of action for our various community groups from schools, civic groups, community centers, villages, to the greater island populace.  The time for proactive change is now by taking responsibility for our risks and preventing catastrophic wildfires. Here’s your chance to ask questions.

We hope to see you there! Learn more about the Guam Forestry Team and their work to protect our island’s resources and our communities. Follow them on Facebook or Instagram (@guamforestry).

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Jan. 26: A Day at the Reef

Have you seen the B(REEF)LY Ours exhibit at the Guam Museum?! It’s an amazing way to see the beauty of Guam’s coral reefs without getting wet. You also learn about different ways they are being harmed, such as sedimentation and coral bleaching.  Scientific tools and other cool interactive objects are perfect for kids to interactive with the exhibit.

If you haven’t seen the exhibit yet, this weekend is the perfect time to check it out! Ha’anen Familia program will feature A Day at the Reef on Saturday, January 26 from 10am to 12pm at the Guam Museum. Free family fun with games, arts and crafts, a touch tank to see marine animals up close…and free admission to the B(reef)ly Ours exhibit. So whether it’s your first or fourth, make sure to stop to learn more about Guam’s coral reefs and ways you can get involved in protecting them for future generations.

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Jan. 20: Confessions of a Habitat Therapist

Coral bleaching, invasive species, wildfires, the list goes on…Globally, the challenges and problems facing our natural environment and ecosystems seem to increase with no end in sight. Conservation is all about resolving these threats to our environment, and ultimately for our communities. Join us this Science Sunday to learn about creative ways Guam is doing conservation in this Science Sunday’s “Confessions of a Habitat Therapist – Seed Hoarders Edition” featuring Adrienne Loerzel.

Science Sunday is this weekend on Jan. 20 from 2-3pm at the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center in Sumay.  This event is free and open to the public. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. No pre-registration required.

Natural resource management is challenging. You watch the destruction of plants and animals you love, and you are fighting against a seemingly endless parade of new problems. Learn about some bright spots in Guam’s conservation efforts and find out more about how to help from Adrienne Loerzel.

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Science Sunday: Coral genetics on Guam?

It’s time for another great Science Sunday! Check it out this weekend on Nov. 18 at 2pm at the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center.  Dr. Sarah Lemer is this month’s guest speaker. Get a preview of this Science Sunday here.  How does coral genetics research help with reef conservation? Watch this video to find out.

Guam has experienced mass coral bleaching over the past five years from high water temperatures. Though many corals died from these bleaching events, some corals survived. Dr. Sarah Lemer, an evolutionary biologist, seeks to find out which genes in these surviving corals make them resilient to bleaching. Dr. Lemer is a member of Guam’s EPSCoR research team at the University of Guam. 

Science Sunday is free and open to the public. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. No pre-registration required.

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Oct. 21: Science Sunday at 2pm

Science Sunday
October 21,2018 –  2pm
at the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center

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 Cruz and CIS team celebrate the passing Plastic Bag Ban bill by distributing reusable bags at Payless Supermarkets. Courtesy of P. Cruz.

Have you heard about the Center for Island Sustainability (CIS)? Phillip Cruz, University of Guam’s (UOG) Sustainability Coordinator, will share their mission and how they work with our community to live more sustainably. From recycling to composting, Cruz and the CIS team work with students, local businesses, and many others to be better stewards of Guam’s natural environment.

This event is free and open to the public. No pre-registration needed. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis.  For more info, email gureefmonitoring@gmail.com or call 333-4050.

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Sept. 16: Join us for Science Sunday

We hope you all made it through Typhoon Mangkhut safely and wish you a smooth recovery as we return back to normal. We are happy to announce that this month’s Science Sunday will go on as scheduled on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2pm at the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center.

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Vince (center, throwing the shaka) and crew working in Pagan, one of the northern Marianas islands. Photo courtesy of Pangelinan. 

This month’s guest speaker is Vince Pangelinan. Vince is a young fisherman from the village of Yigo. Currently, he works with the NOAA Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center’s Biosampling Program to study life history of Guam reef and bottom fish. This Sunday, Vince will share his exciting experience from a recent scientific cruise to the Northern Marianas Islands while aboard the NOAA Oscar Sette Research Vessel. In addition, Vince represented Guam at two fishing competitions earlier this year in Hawaii and another in Yap for the 2018 Micro Games.  Hear some stories from his fishing adventures this Sunday. We are excited to feature a variety of perspectives, knowledge, and relationships people have with our reefs, our ocean, and our environment. Science Sunday is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, email gureefmonitoring@gmail.com or call 333-4050.

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Adios, FOR Guam interns!

FOR Guam summer interns ended their internship with a final presentation on August 14, 2018 to local partners that participate in conservation on Guam. Click here to view their presentation.

Last Blog entry by Brittany Tominez from their final week of field work:

We started off this week in the office to go over our project. Marilyn, Alysha, and I had a short meeting with Val to discuss our presentation. In addition, Val helped each one of us with the topic we chose to conduct background research for our literature review.

Two days later, Val, Alysha, and I made our way down to Merizo. It was a nice sunny morning with a slight breeze, but as soon as we climbed down to the shore, we were met by the high tide. Rock surfaces that are normally exposed were totally submerged and the water looked like chocolate milk! We thought we would have to reschedule. Val made her way toward our transect sites and to our surprise the water was clear once we got closer! Alysha and I quickly put on our gear and made our way to Val.

Because it has been a few weeks since our last day out in the field, it took some time for us to lay out all six transects. Some of the zip ties were camouflaged as algae grew on them. On one transect, one zip tie had completely come off! Not only was it a little difficult to find the zip ties, but the current was a little stronger than what Alysha and I were used to. This presented an additional challenge to locate our transects.

Once all six transects were laid out, we started the surveys. Val conducted fish surveys,

while Alysha and I did macroinvertebrate surveys. When surveying the transects, Alysha and I noticed that there was already algal growth on the corals that we had removed algae on top a few weeks ago. The two recent storms that passed over and near us over the past few weeks came to mind for this observation. The excess nutrients in the water could have helped with the algae to regrow in these transects. However, it did look like there were more fish in the area after algal removal. The fairly choppy conditions made the hunt for macroinvertebrates a little difficult, but Alysha and I were glad that the water was crystal clear.