World Oceans Day 2018 Sneak Peek

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The StFX Biology Department will be hosting their 5th Annual World Oceans Day 2018 on June 9!

World Oceans Day, a global ocean celebration, promotes Ocean awareness through exploration, education, conservation, initiatives and beach clean-ups around the world.

This year’s theme is: Preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean.

What to expect?

There will be lots to see and do during the event. Be prepared to touch unusual sea critters, interact with the presenters and learn about local and tropical marine organisms.

There will be displays of preserved specimens (including whale bones, sting rays, cuttlefish, octopus) and many live microorganisms including sea anemones, sea urchins, sea stars, a variety of crabs, and our famous blue lobster!

Also on the list, a sea-weed station, make-your-own fossil print station, face painting, ocean themed crafts, and much more.

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Participating Organizations & Special Guests

♦  StFX Aquatic Resources Dept.  

♦  StFX Human Nutrition Dept.

♦  Bird Studies Canada

♦  Department of Fisheries and Oceans

♦  Canadian Coast Guard

♦  Nova Scotia Salmon Association

♦  Eastern Region Solid Waste Management

♦  The Sydney Odditorium

…Stay tuned, as we will be adding more to the list!

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See you there!

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World Oceans Day event at the StFX Biology dept.

 

 

The StFX Biology Dept. was delighted to welcome more than 400 people to the World Oceans Day event held on June 11.

 

 

 

This year’s World Oceans Day theme was ‘Our Oceans, Our Future’ with an action focus of

Encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future”

Events were organized all over the world, with a high concentration in the Atlantic regions.

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So let’s talk about the event…

First I would like to thank ALL the amazing volunteers who made it happen!

A HUGE THANK YOU to Leah Rogers for helping organize the event and the numerous displays.

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Leah Rogers, Senior Lab Instructor in Biology

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Lab instructor Katelyn MacNeil for looking after all the live organisms and organizing the seaweed collection.

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Katelyn MacNeil collecting Chondrus crispus, commonly called Irish moss (Tor Bay, NS, photo by Maryann Burbidge)

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Katelyn MacNeil sharing her knowledge on sea urchins

 

Meredith Karcz and lab instructor Maryann Burbidge for also helping with the seaweed collection.

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Meredith Karcz collecting seaweed in Tor Bay, NS (photo by Maryann Burbidge)

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(photo by Maryann Burbidge)

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Maryann Burbidge talking about the importance of corals (photo by Leah Rogers)

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Katelyn MacNeil and Meredith Karcz

 

Guest participants included Northern NS Coastal Stewardship Biologist with Bird Studies Canada, Rielle Hoeg, who talked about the importance of the Piping Plover Conservation Program.

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StFX Co-op student Sam Gan from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO, Gulf of NS) shared information about the DFO and its role in the Atlantic provinces.

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Nicole Haverkort from the Eastern Region Solid Waste Management representing the Antigonish and Guysborough Counties talked about litter prevention.

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Alyssa Armstrong, student intern with the Canadian Coast Guard College spoke about the role of the Sydney Coast Guard in keeping the waterways safe.

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(photo by Leah Rogers)

Justin Gregg, StFX Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Associate with the Dolphin Communication Project who ahred his knowledge on behaviour, communication and cognition.

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And finally, all the volunteers looking after the different stations…

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Molly Crosby looking after the sea anemone touch-tank

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Sydney Silver at the live sea star station (photo by Leah Rogers)

Amelia MacKenzie at the stingrays, skates and shark station

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Hannah Stevens talking about the importance of plankton

 

Research Associate Sonja Ehlers sharing her knowledge on barnacles and a variety of crabs

 

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Jim Nelson showing the blue lobster (photo by Leah Rogers)

 

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Ella Maltby at the fossils station

 

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StFX grad and currently veterinary medicine student Veronica Ells in charge of the face painting

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Lara Westhaver in charge of the craft station

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Jessica Popp, coordinator with the StFX Extension dept. and Emily Bornais for looking after the main floor entrance and guiding the public.

 

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Jaelynn our volunteer tattoo artist (photo by Leah Rogers)

 

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(photo by Kristel Fleuren-Hunter)

moiraDr. Moira Galway, Associate Professor and Chair of the Biology Dept.

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More event pictures…

 

Ella and Emilia(photo by Leah Rogers) (photo by Leah Rogers)

 

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World Oceans Day Event 2017 Sneak Preview

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The countdown is on! We are in the midst of planning for the 4th Annual World Oceans Day event.

 

 

 

 

There will be a lot to see and touch! Some of the interactive stations that will be available at the Biology Dept. during the event, include:

Cool preserved specimens

Live microorganisms

Whale bones

Sting ray display

Make-your-own fossil print

Sea-weed station with a special treat

Conservation station led by the StFX Aquatic Resources Dept.

Piping plover station led by the Bird Studies Canada organization

Conservation station led by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Dolphin communication station led by Justin Gregg Ph.D.

Live sea anemones, sea urchins, sea stars

Variety of live crabs

Live blue lobster

Face painting

Crafts

 

Attend the event for hands-on fun!

Celebrate World Oceans Day! Explore the Biology dept.'s marine touch-tanks and learn about various marine organisms.

Posted by Country Parent on Saturday, June 3, 2017

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