World Oceans Day Event 2018 Highlights

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We celebrated the 5th annual World Oceans Day event this weekend and it was fantastic! A whopping 1098 people attended. Kids and adults were able to interact with students, staff and faculty from the StFX Biology department to learn about marine biodiversity and explore the touch-tanks.

 

 

A huge THANK YOU to all the volunteers, presenters and special guests who made this event possible.

 

Here are some of the highlights:

 

world oceans day stfx antigonish 2018 entranceElizabeth Wallace greeted the public at the main entrance with a smile and directed traffic like a pro!

 

 antigonish 2018 NS salmon associationNick MacInnis from the Nova Scotia Salmon Association (NSSA) and Kris Hunter also from NSSA and Sr. Lab Instructor of the StFX Biology dept. talked to the public about the on-going projects the NSSA is working on.

 

world oceans day event 2018 stfx antigonish human nutritionDr. Jennifer Jamieson from the Human Nutrition dept. explained the health benefits of omega-3s found in fish and shellfish, as well as the importance of purchasing certified sustainable seafood.

 

world oceans day stfx antigonish 2018 DFO 2Grace Campbell from the Department Fisheries and Oceans talked about the importance of managing the fisheries in the Maritimes.

 

world oceans day 2018 stfx antigonish birds studies canada piping ploversBrenna Martell informed the public about the work Bird Studies Canada is doing to conserve the piping plover population.

 

world oceans day stfx antigonish 2018 sydney coast guard college nova scotiaJoey Lever from the Sydney Coast Guard College gave people a glimpse of some of the marine engineering and navigation programs they offer and the important work they do in safeguarding our waterways.

 

world oceans day stfx antigonish 2018 erswm 1Nicole Haverkort from the Eastern Region Solid Waste Management motivated youth on preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean starting with proper waste management and diversion.

 

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world oceans day stfx antigonish 2018 dolphinDr. Justin Gregg educated the public on the ever-fascinating dolphins and their complexe communication systems.

 

world oceans day stfx antigonish 2018 joke adesolaDr. Joke Adesola educated the public about striped bass aquaculture, farming potential, its local and global importance as well as how people can get involved.

 

world oceans day stfx antigonish 2018 aquatic resourcesDr. Lynn Patterson from the StFX Aquatic Resources talked about the ever-growing interdisciplinary program which involves everything related to our water; environment, sustainability, conservation of biodiversity, climate change, and public policy development, to name a few.

 

world oceans day stfx antigonish 2018 seaweedDr. David Garbary, an expert in seaweed at the StFX Biology dept., educated youth on the importance of seaweed and gave the public an eye-full of the vast diversity of local seaweed, which can often be overlooked when strolling nearby beaches.

 

world oceans day stfx antigonish 2018 odditorium 2Aneal and Lisa Virick came all the way from the Sydney Odditorium to showcase their very impressive collection of prehistoric bones, fossils, rocks and amazing unique treasures!

 

world oceans day stfx antigonish 2018 odditorium penguinThe Sydney Odditorium’s Benedict penguin was part of the display too.

 

world oceans day stfx antigonish 2018 odditorium mosasaurusMosasaurus and Plesiosaurus jaws, bones and fossils were also on display.

 

world oceans day stfx antigonish 2018 puffer fish

 

world oceans day stfx antigonish 2018 microscopes Grad student Emil Jurga talked about the importance of plankton and various microorganisms that represent the first link in the food chain.

 

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world oceans day stfx antigonish 2018 touch tankUnderdrad student Sydney Silver encouraged youth to hold and touch interesting marine organisms housed in one of the touch-tanks, including this pink sea anemone.

 

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world oceans day stfx antigonish 2018 crabsUndergrad student Jayden Marion educated youth about a variety of crabs, including decorator crabs, rock crabs and the invasive species of green crabs.

 

world oceans day antigonish 2018 stfx sting rays 3Undergrad student Breton Fougere educated people about stingrays, skates and their fascinating life cycle.

 

world oceans day antigonish 2018 stfx sea urchins

Undergrad Lia Blakett talked about the anatomy and behaviour of local and tropical sea urchins.

 

world oceans day stfx antigonish 2018 sea starsUndergrad student Aaron Cogger encouraged youth to hold and learn about seastars, their habitat, behaviour and unique water vascular system.

 

world oceans day stfx antigonish 2018 lobstersGrad student Ella Maltby shared her knowledge about local lobsters and encouraged youth to touch these juvenile lobsters.

 

world oceans day stfx antigonish 2018 fossilsUndergrad student Austin Farrell educated youth about extinct marine molluscs and helped kids make their own fossil prints of trilobites and ammonites.

 

world oceans day stfx antigonish 2018 craftsAt the craft station, Katie Kirkham and Michelle Hodgson were busy throughout the event helping kids make colourful ocean themed crafts.

 

world oceans day stfx antigonish 2018 face paintingUndergrads Danny MacDonald, Katrina Ferrari, vet school student, Veronica Ells, and high-school student Madalynn Proctor did an amazing job at the face painting station!

 

world oceans day stfx antigonish 2018 hennaNadia Tarakki did beautiful intricate ocean themed designs at the Henna tattoo station.

 

world oceans day stfx antigonish 2018 blue sharkBiology Lab Instructor Katelyn MacNeil, with undergrads Erin Samson and Amy Graham who were in charge of educating the public about this show-stopping two meter blue shark, which will be used in the comparative anatomy course lead by Mr. Randy Lauff, Sr. Biology Lab Instructor and curator.

 

world oceans day stfx antigonish 2018 presentersThis year’s presenters and special guests were: (from the left) Joke Adesola, Joey Lever, Jessica Haverkort, Nicole Haverkort, Justin Gregg, Lynn Patterson, Brenna Martell, David Garbary, Grace Campbell, Aneal Virick, Stella Virick, Lisa Virick, and Jennifer Jamieson. Missing from picture: Kris Hunter and Nick MacInnis

 

world oceans day stfx antigonish 2018 volunteersAnd finally all the volunteers who helped make the event possible: from top left; Lia Blakett, Aaron Cogger, Katrina Ferrari, Jayden Marion, Emil Jurga, James Millar, Kayleigh Trenholm, Amy Graham, David Garbary, Elizabeth Wallace, Erin Samsom, Veronica Ells, Katelyn MacNeil, Austin Farrell, Breton Fougere, Nadia Tarakki, Ella Maltby, Michelle Hodgson, Reg Cozzi, Katie Kirkham, Madalynn Proctor, Sydney Silver and Danny MacDonald. Missing from picture: Leah Rogers and Jennifer Van den Heuvel, who helped tremendously with the displays and setup!

 

 

world oceans day stfx antigonish 2018 jellyfishLocal jellyfish, one of many marine organisms housed in the touch-tanks, brought in by Dr.Russell Wyeth and Michael Gerhatz.

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I hope everyone had a great time!  😀

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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

Ella Maltby at the fossils station

 

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Veronica Ells

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.

regThank you all for making this event a success!

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More event pictures…

 

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

 

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