MARINE LIFE INVENTORY (MLI)
2017 - January 14th, February 11th, March 11th, April 8th, May 13th, June 10th, July 8th, August 12th, September 9th, October 7th, November 4th, December 9th
About the monthly MLI program
Long-term studies are conducted in coastal zones around the globe to monitor human impacts and environmental changes on these fragile ecosystems. To better understand what is happening in our own threatened estuarine ecosystem, the Back Bay Science Center conducts a monthly monitoring program called the Marine Life Inventory (MLI). This program involves local students and adults getting involved to help monitor the marine life and the physical environment of Upper Newport Bay. It provides those involved with a hands-on experience with local marine fish and invertebrates that are not usually available.
Participants rotate through three sampling programs: a bottom trawl to survey benthic fish and invertebrates that live in the middle of the bay; a beach seine to survey near shore organisms; and a mud/plankton survey of invertebrates living in the mud and the microscopic plants and animals living in the bay. Data is entered into a database which can be downloaded as an Excel file. Marine researchers and educators can look at seasonal and long-term trends in fish and invertebrate abundance and/or water quality.
The Marine Life Inventory is offered one Saturday per month, at the Back Bay Science Center, and the date is always determined by the best tidal conditions (see dates below). The events take place from 8:15am to 12:30pm, and we recommend dressing for wet and/or muddy conditions. Each event is limited to 30 participants (Ages 12 & Older), and requires pre-registration through the Education Program Coordinator. If you would like to register, please email Robin Madrid at email@example.com or call (949) 640-9956.
Teachers~ This program is designed for students from 7th grade through college. If you are interested in signing your class up to particpate, its recommended you register several months ahead of a desired date. These events fill up fast, and any leftover space goes to the general public interested in participating. The Education Program Coordinator will work directly with you and try to accomodate your request.
Community Service Hours
High School students can use this opportunity to fulfill part of their community service school requirements. Any student under 15 years of age will be required to bring an adult with them. For more information or to register please email Kathy Sheridan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (949) 640-9959.