June 17: FISSH at Science Sunday

“Louis Agassiz is one of the marine biology laboratory systems founders in the United States. He was a firm believer in a “hands-on” approach to science, and is infamous for his adage, “study nature, not books.”

This Science Sunday we feature team members of the Fish Spawning Survey Habitat, or FISSH, led by the Micronesia Conservation Coalition. Members include local university students and science enthusiasts who learned basic fish survey techniques that expanded into more advanced research methods to study fish spawning on Guam. Learn about their experience, methods, and conclusions from this hands-on project.

So join us for this Science Sunday on June 17 at 2pm at the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center. This event is free and open to the public; no registration required. Seats are available on a first come, first serve basis.

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2018 Summer Internship

Summer is here – rainier than usual, but it’s here! It’s exciting to let out that sigh of relief when the end of semester chaos is over and the horizon of what summer 2018 will bring. On our horizon, you can be part of new efforts in coral reef conservation for our island.

Through this unpaid internship, interns will:

  • Gain valuable field and work experience in coral reef restoration
  • Receive training in water safety and field techniques for coral restoration
  • Increase their science communication skills and understanding of Guam’s coral reef issues

Review the 2018 Summer Internship overview here for more details.

Fill out the FOR Guam 2018 Summer Internship application and submit via email by Friday, June 8, 2018.

If you prefer to turn in hard copy of application, call 646-1905 to arrange a time to ensure someone may receive it.

At a glance:

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Science Sunday: It’s all about Mangroves

Join us for another fun Science Sunday! For the first time, we will feature mangrove ecosystems. Our guest speaker, Jessica Gross will share the importance of mangroves, some of the threats to mangroves, and her work in mangroves areas on Guam and abroad. Science Sunday is this Sunday, May 20 at 2pm at the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center.

Mangrove areas on Guam can be seen in the Sasa Bay Marine Preserve Area and the Achang Marine Preserve Area. You’re likely to notice them with their large protruding roots along the coast as you’re driving in Sumay or along Merizo toward Inarajan. So what’s so important about mangroves?

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You can explore Guam’s mangroves on kayaks or paddle boards. Photo by Guam BSP.
  1. Coastal protection from storms – mangroves are a buffer that help keep our coasts from eroding away and flooding
  2. Sediment filters – mangroves help hold sediment that washes down our rivers from getting to our coral reefs
  3. Fish nursery – mangroves are juvenile reef fish habitat

This is just a preview of what’s to come for Science Sunday. Jessica will share other reasons why these mangroves are so important for our island and some of the threats they face today. We hope you can make it to this one-of-a-kind talk. Get a preview from Jessica from her interview with KUAM.

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UnusuWHALE History at Science Sunday

Science Sunday speaker, Brent Tibbatts, returns to Science Sunday for some “unusuWHALE history” on April 15 at 2pm at the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center. Brent will talk about different species we can find in Micronesia, especially those that frequent the Marianas. Did you know that the whaling industry in the 19th century included Micronesia? Get some insight on the history of whaling in Micronesia from Brent. And probably one of the coolest experiences Brent will share is what happens during a marine mammal stranding, such as saving a beached whale. Aren’t you overWHALEmed with excitement? Science Sunday is free and open to the public. No sign-up is required. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. For more info, email gureefmonitoring@gmail.com or call 646-1905. Science Sunday_April 15, 2018_final

 

 

 

April 7: Coral Reef Monitoring Training

We’re kicking off monitoring season with Coral Reef Monitoring Training this Saturday, April 7 from 9am-12pm at Tepungan Beach Park in Piti. Learn about basic coral ecology, threats to Guam’s coral reefs, and ways people are trying to help protect our reefs. Get hands-on experience with an introduction to reef monitoring survey methods that help us track the health of Guam’s reef flat areas. Once we get in the water, participants will get to know the area with marine species ID session and practice survey methods learned on land.  Click here to sign up for this free training.

Need service learning hours? This event will earn you 3 service learning hours with an opportunity to earn additional hours when you participate in future Monitoring Events. Participants under 18 must have parent/ guardian sign a liability release form. Participants under 14 must be accompanied by parent or other trusted adult. Forms will be available on site on the day of event. Share this link with your teacher for approval: http://guamservicelearning.com/coral-reef-monitoring

Don’t forget it’s Guam Year of the Reef! Become a member of our team and show your love for Guam’s reefs. April 7 training flyer_v2

 

March 18: Science Sunday with Luis Cabral

In March, Guam celebrates Mes CHamoru (CHamoru Month) to honor the CHamoru culture and history. Storytelling is one way our local community continue our cultural values and CHamoru heritage. This Science Sunday we honor CHamoru culture through storytelling about changes to Guam’s reefs and coasts experienced by Luis Cabral II, this month’s guest speaker. Cabral’s outlook on life is influenced by the ocean and our island’s reefs. As a fisherman and Master SCUBA Diver Trainer, Cabral will share his personal reflections growing up near the water and how those changes shaped who he is today.

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Photo courtesy of L. Cabral.

“As I get older and reflect on life, I think about the growing up I did beyond school – in my own backyard which was my Mom’s before me. So  did I learn from experience or did I realize what could be lost to the next generation?”

Meet Luis and hear his story at Science Sunday on March 18, 2018 at 2pm at the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Get a sneak preview of Science Sunday here.

For more information, call 646-1905 or email gureefmonitoring@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events: Feb. 17 & 18

Saturday, February 17 – Snorkel Intro for Adults

Coral reef monitoring is our main snorkeling-based activity. This Saturday, we’re taking a step back to offer an opportunity to those who have always been interested in snorkeling, but are still a bit nervous about snorkeling at the beach. Sometimes it just takes some practice and review of basic water safety to boost your confidence (and comfort) in the water!

Join this free snorkel introduction from 2-4pm at the Agana Pool. We’ll go over water safety basics and review snorkeling gear, such as fitting your mask and swimming with fins. A Dive Master and lifeguard will lead and assist participants to build up those skills that just need a bit of practice before heading to the beach.  Ages 14 and up may participate. Participants under 18 must have their parent/guardian fill out our liability release form. Forms will be available on site at class. Click here to sign up for this class.

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Sunday, February 18  – Science Sunday

Join us for Science Sunday – 2pm at the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center in Sumay.  Bob Bevacqua, professor of agriculture at UOG, will talk about the significance of breadfruit, or lemai in the Chamorro language. Learn more about its origins of lemai, its nutrional value, varied preparations, and more.  Though this Science Sunday’s focus will be on  Asan Ridge and our watersheds,  our island is connected from ridge to reef. Culturally significant trees in our watersheds benefits both our communities and our reefs.  This event is hosted by GCCRMP and the National Park Service. The event is free and open to the public. No registration required; seats available on a first come, first served basis. Hope to see you there!

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