Spring 2014 – Education Spotlight

Participants try to get a good look at bird species that call the marsh home during a boat tour of the salt marsh. Image Credit: Murt Conover, LUMCON and CWC.

Participants try to get a good look at bird species that call the marsh home during a boat tour of the salt marsh. Image Credit: Murt Conover, LUMCON and CWC.

(From Spring 2014 Newsletter)

The Education & Outreach section of the CWC website has resources specifically for K-12 teachers and students, the public, undergraduate students, and education events, including printable materials in Spanish.

Deep-C led the first Project GOO (Gulf Oil Observers) field study. Project GOO is a citizen science initiative aimed at exposing high school students to scientific research as well as adding to researchers’ understanding of the path of oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Marine science students from West Florida High School for Advanced Technology, alongside their mentors from Florida State University and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, combed beaches for oiled sand patties in the hope of adding to a growing database of such samples. The effort was a huge success, with more than 75 patties collected and cataloged. Watch the Video Clip of the Quarter to see Project GOO in action!

CWC scientists Dr. Sabrina Taylor and Dr. Phil Stouffer recently led field activities for the Gulf Lagniappe adult education workshop, where twenty intrepid bird enthusiasts ventured to LUMCON’s DeFelice Marine Center. Participants learned about life on the edge as lived by Seaside Sparrows and how scientists are studying the population and lives of these amazing little marsh sentinels after the oil spill.

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