Creature Feature: East Coast Fish Calls California Home

In ten short years after being introduced to California in 1879, this East Coast fish -- the striped bass -- has established itself in the state’s waterways and as a favorite in the sport-fishing world. Living in salt water, brackish water and fresh water it has adapted to a variety of habitats. It can be found from the Pacific Ocean to the San Francisco Bay and Delta and up the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers at different times of year. Learn more about this East Coast fish that now calls California home.

Marine Science in the News: Sea otters in Elkhorn Slough

Sea otters are quite often the topic of conversation within the marine science and conservation communities. They are undoubtedly intelligent marine mammals recovering from a severely taxing life history, prompting many studies about their behavior and conservation. Studies over the last 20 years have focused on estuarine habitat use by sea otters, and one estuary in particular has been spotlighted: Elkhorn Slough. Elkhorn Slough is a 7-mile-long estuary and tidal slough located about 22 miles south of Santa Cruz. It is one of the largest estuaries in California and the large tidal tract provides shelter and food for over 700 species, including the recovering sea otter. The threats faced by

Marine Science in the News: Sea otters in Elkhorn Slough

Sea otters are quite often the topic of conversation within the marine science and conservation communities. They are undoubtedly intelligent marine mammals recovering from a severely taxing life history, prompting many studies about their behavior and conservation. Studies over the last 20 years have focused on estuarine habitat use by sea otters, and one estuary in particular has been spotlighted: Elkhorn Slough. Elkhorn Slough is a 7-mile-long estuary and tidal slough located about 22 miles south of Santa Cruz. It is one of the largest estuaries in California and the large tidal tract provides shelter and food for over 700 species, including the recovering sea otter. The threats faced by

Marine Life Guides; Essential Tools For Teaching and Fun

Living near the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean, teachers, students and the public-at-large have access to an enriching outdoor classroom. To truly enjoy and learn about the areas’ fascinating wildlife, however, an easy-to-use field guide is essential. At MSI we incorporate age-appropriate field guides, identification keys, and dichotomous keys into our programs. Students use these guides to identify fish, invertebrates, plankton, plants and more. Below, I’ve listed a few user-friendly guides I’ve found helpful. I hope these books help you get the most out of your class’s Marine Science Institute program or your visit to the San Francisco Bay or Pacific Ocean. Fylling’s Illustrated Guide

Marine Science Camp: Take a dip into summer planning

Take a break from the cool California winter and begin dreaming about all the fun in the sun brought on by summer! It is that time of year to begin considering summer activities, mapping out plans, and finding the perfect camps for your family. At Marine Science Camp, participants get to dive into the science in our nearby waterways and ocean, learn about and touch marine animals from near and far, and take part in science-in-action while on board our 90-foot research vessel. Summer camp is a time of growth, fresh experiences, and friendships both old and new. In addition to fun and learning, many important life skills are learned at camp. It can be one of the most rewarding and unforgettabl

Marine Science Camp: Take a dip into summer planning

Take a break from the cool California winter and begin dreaming about all the fun in the sun brought on by summer! It is that time of year to begin considering summer activities, mapping out plans, and finding the perfect camps for your family. At Marine Science Camp, participants get to dive into the science in our nearby waterways and ocean, learn about and touch marine animals from near and far, and take part in science-in-action while on board our 90-foot research vessel. Summer camp is a time of growth, fresh experiences, and friendships both old and new. In addition to fun and learning, many important life skills are learned at camp. It can be one of the most rewarding and unforgettabl

Marine Science in the News: A 507-year-old animal!

Say hello to Ming, a 507-year-old species of clam, which is the longest living animal that has ever existed! This ocean quahog (pronounced kō-hog) set a new world record and even made it into the Guinness Book of World Records. These hard shell clams are native to the east coast of North and Central Americas and can live 500+ years! At 507-years-old, this animal has offered researchers insight into the history of their native habitat in the North Atlantic Ocean. Quahogs, like other bivalves, have growth rings that can be used to determine the animal’s age and learn about ocean chemistry throughout its life (similar to tree rings). Its age was established by a variety of methods, including th

Marine Science in the News: A 507-year-old animal!

Say hello to Ming, a 507-year-old species of clam, which is the longest living animal that has ever existed! This ocean quahog (pronounced kō-hog) set a new world record and even made it into the Guinness Book of World Records. These hard shell clams are native to the east coast of North and Central Americas and can live 500+ years! At 507-years-old, this animal has offered researchers insight into the history of their native habitat in the North Atlantic Ocean. Quahogs, like other bivalves, have growth rings that can be used to determine the animal’s age and learn about ocean chemistry throughout its life (similar to tree rings). Its age was established by a variety of methods, including th

Marine Science Camp 2017: Early bird registration is OPEN!

Early Bird registration for Marine Science Camp 2017 is now OPEN exclusively to Members. ALL Membership levels receive early bird registration perks for Marine Science Camp. Members at the Bay Steward and Ocean Advocate levels also receive a $25 discount off of Marine Science Camp. Membership is not included in your past Marine Science Camp session purchase. Please note this is different from last year; you must be a Member to register early! Check out our revamped Membership tiers and options below. Regular registration opens February 1. CLICK HERE to become an MSI Member! Your link to register for Marine Science Camp will be in your Membership confirmation e-mail Family Membership: $50 Fam

Marine Science Camp 2017: Early bird registration is OPEN!

Early Bird registration for Marine Science Camp 2017 is now OPEN exclusively to Members. ALL Membership levels receive early bird registration perks for Marine Science Camp. Members at the Bay Steward and Ocean Advocate levels also receive a $25 discount off of Marine Science Camp. Membership is not included in your past Marine Science Camp session purchase. Please note this is different from last year; you must be a Member to register early! Check out our revamped Membership tiers and options below. Regular registration opens February 1. CLICK HERE to become an MSI Member! Your link to register for Marine Science Camp will be in your Membership confirmation e-mail Family Membership: $50 Fam

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