Creature Feature: What do black-necked stilts and flamingos have in common?

As seasonal changes ebb and flow here at the Marine Science Institute, so too do the birds visiting along our shoreline. One bird that drifts in and out of our waters is the black-necked stilt. A bird who has far more in common with a flamingo than one would think. Learn more about the black-necked stilt in this week's Creature Feature. Denise Mohsenin serves as the link between Marine Science Institute and the education community. She enjoys helping schools and teachers bring marine science and environmental literacy to their students. Her current favorite fish for teaching is the starry flounder. Ask her why at denise@sfbaymsi.org.

Marine Science in the News: Cranky crabs have an edge in “claw to claw” combat

This week’s Marine Science in the News blog highlights a recent study about some of MSI’s favorite animals: hermit crabs! These shelled arthropods carry their home on their back. The shell is more than just a home; it protects the crab’s soft abdomen, helps maintain a proper level of moisture and protects against predators. A good shell is a hot commodity in the hermit crab world! Sometimes a hermit crab will take a liking to a fellow hermit crab’s home, resulting in a “shell fight”. According to research recently conducted by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and Texas A&M University, crabs living in broken shells value an intact shell and will fight more aggressively to get a bet

Marine Science in the News: Cranky crabs have an edge in “claw to claw” combat

This week’s Marine Science in the News blog highlights a recent study about some of MSI’s favorite animals: hermit crabs! These shelled arthropods carry their home on their back. The shell is more than just a home; it protects the crab’s soft abdomen, helps maintain a proper level of moisture and protects against predators. A good shell is a hot commodity in the hermit crab world! Sometimes a hermit crab will take a liking to a fellow hermit crab’s home, resulting in a “shell fight”. According to research recently conducted by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and Texas A&M University, crabs living in broken shells value an intact shell and will fight more aggressively to get a bet

Preventing Summer Learning Loss with Marine Science Fun

As the school year winds down, students anticipate a summer free of homework while teachers’ and parents’ thoughts turn to concerns of summer learning loss. But, luckily there’s wonderful camps and summer schools that include Marine Science Institute programs in their curricula. Keeping students engaged and active during the summer is a key preventative to summer learning loss, which is a well-documented phenomenon where students lose academic skills over the summer. An equivalent of up to two months of reading skills and 2.6 months of math skills can be lost during the summer, according to Oxford Learning. For low-income students summer learning loss is even more impactful – widening the ac

Marine Science Camp: T-minus 5 weeks until camp begins!

We are pleased to announce that all field trips for 2017 Marine Science Camp are booked! We are so excited to share these adventures and curriculum with you, so to tide you over for summer we’re giving you a little sneak peek below: Plankton Pioneers: Our small but mighty summer campers will have a day aboard our 90 foot research vessel. This Discovery Voyage includes deploying a fishing net off the stern of the boat, manning a mud claw to sample mud and invertebrates from the bottom of the Bay, and catching and examining plankton underneath a microscope. The best part? All campers get to use their muscles and their teamwork to help work the equipment! Wetland Explorers: These Bay biologists

Marine Science Camp: T-minus 5 weeks until camp begins!

We are pleased to announce that all field trips for 2017 Marine Science Camp are booked! We are so excited to share these adventures and curriculum with you, so to tide you over for summer we’re giving you a little sneak peek below: Plankton Pioneers: Our small but mighty summer campers will have a day aboard our 90 foot research vessel. This Discovery Voyage includes deploying a fishing net off the stern of the boat, manning a mud claw to sample mud and invertebrates from the bottom of the Bay, and catching and examining plankton underneath a microscope. The best part? All campers get to use their muscles and their teamwork to help work the equipment! Wetland Explorers: These Bay biologists

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