WINTER HARBOR – Schoodic Institute scientists invite the general public to hitch them within the intertidal zone to gather knowledge about rockweed whereas exploring the fantastic thing about the rocky coast between the tides.
Rockweed (Ascophyllum nodosum) is the dominant algae or seaweed in many of the rocky intertidal zone of Maine and supplies habitat for animals dwelling in and visiting this dynamic ecosystem.
Rockweed is presently harvested in Maine and sustainable administration requires data of the whole quantity of rockweed all through the state. To assist reply the query, ”How a lot rockweed is there?” Schoodic Institute has launched Undertaking ASCO (Assessing Seaweed by way of Group Observations). Coastal property house owners, land trusts and their members, and others with entry to the shoreline are invited to a number of subject coaching classes to discover ways to gather rockweed knowledge that shall be analyzed and shared by scientists at Schoodic Institute to tell useful resource administration.
“We’re offering knowledge assortment kits to folks as soon as they’re educated,” mentioned Maya Pelletier, undertaking coordinator, “They then have every part they want – abilities and equipment – to gather rockweed knowledge from the elements of the coast they love and wish to study extra about.”
The coaching classes are July 6 at Lamoine Seashore Park in Lamoine, July 19 at Reversing Falls Park in Pembroke, August 4 at Frazer Level on the Schoodic Peninsula, Aug. 5 on the Wright Touchdown Boat Launch in Wiscasset, and Sept. 17 at Frazer Level on the Schoodic Peninsula.
These in-person coaching classes shall be spent outside within the intertidal zone. No prior data is required; individuals shall be supplied with the provides and coaching wanted to soundly and successfully gather rockweed knowledge.
“We’re trying ahead to working with different individuals who love the coast and the intertidal to gather prime quality and important knowledge,” mentioned Hannah Webber, marine ecology director at Schoodic Institute.
Together with rockweed, this undertaking permits for studying extra about different seaweeds, periwinkles, mussels, crabs, birds, and the occasional seal or whale. There isn’t a value to attend however registration is required.
Go to schoodicinstitute.org for extra info and to register.