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2014 Water Watch Lecture Series


Wednesday evenings, 7 p.m. January 15 - March 19

South Shore Natural Science Center


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2014 Water Watch Series Schedule

January 15

Eat the Invaders: Adventures in Sustainable Seafood
Chef Bun Lai, Owner Miya’s Sushi

On the menu at this restaurant are surprising selections such as Le Soupe Du Mean Greenies consisting of the invasive Asian shore crab and Peanut Butter and Jelly, a dish composed of invasive feral rabbits and jellyfish.  A 2013 James Beard Award Nominee Bun Lai is committed to solving the invasives species problem by eating them. Some of the ingredients on the menu are foraged right in his own backyard tidepool. He’s been featured in Food and Wine Magazine, the New York Times, and Scientific American Magazine and appeared on ABC, NBC and the Food Network.

January 22

In Desperate Need of Water: A Look at Boston's 1872 Conflagration
Stephanie Schorow, Author and Historian

Water is the first line of defense against fire and a lack of water played a role in the devastating fire in 1872 in Boston. Firefighters, including Chief John Damrell, were aware of problems in the system but were told to “stop magnifying” the problem. The result: a mammoth conflagration that burned 66 acres in downtown Boston. 

January 29
A Bird’s Eye View: The State of Birds in Massachusetts
Joan Walsh, MassAudubon

40 years ago MassAudubon volunteers embarked upon a 5-year inventory of all breeding birds in Massachusetts. Just recently they completed their second 5-year inventory which allowed them to compare which species are doing well, which are not and what we can do to maintain the highest possible abundance and diversity of birds. A must for bird lovers!


February 5

How Green is Your Grocer?
Peter Cooke, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences

Refrigeration, food waste, plastic bags…36,000 supermarkets around the U.S. produce 68.4 million tons of carbon each year, equivalent to annual emissions of almost 13 million cars. Manomet Center and Hannaford Supermarkets have teamed up to launch the nation’s first and only grocery sustainability certification program. Find out how you can get your grocer to be truly green.

February 12

In Hot Water - Fish Moving On?
Jon Hare, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service

Warmer waters mean changing habitats, and different fish species are beginning to inhabit our coastal waters.  Jon will share the latest biological and physical oceanic conditions in the North Atlantic and how climate change is already affecting our fisheries.


February 19

Ocean Acidification: The Other CO2 Problem
Scott Doney, Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

One third of all the carbon dioxide emitted by humanity has been absorbed into the world’s oceans making them more acidic than they have been for tens of thousands of years. Oysters have been dying off in the Pacific Northwest and worldwide plankton and coral reefs are threatened. Is this a warning of changes to come?


February 26

“Green Fire”, Award Winning Documentary
Bob Wilber, MassAudubon

The first full-length documentary about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold, Green Fire explains how he shaped the modern environmental movement. Leopold’s vision of a community that cares about both people and land continues to inspire current projects around the world. After the documentary, Bob Wilber, will discuss the need to connect people to the land and conservation on the South Shore.


March 5

Sharks in Our Waters
Bram Lutton, Professor, Endicott College

Learn about the different species of sharks commonly found in the waters off our coast and everything you want to know about the biology of these tremendous animals, conservation efforts to protect them, and research efforts underway to understand them.


March 12

Stellwagen’s Living Laboratory: An Unprecedented Ocean Research Opportunity
Craig MacDonald, Superintendent, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

A portion of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is being considered to be set aside as an undisturbed research area.  The first of its kind in the Gulf of Maine, this proposal has generated controversy in the fishing community.  Come find out more about the rationale behind this proposal and the research being proposed.

March 19

“The Snail Darter and the Dam: How Pork-Barrel Politics Endangered a Little Fish and Killed a River”
Zygmunt Plater, Author and Boston College Law Professor

Thirty years after the legal battles to save the endangered snail darter, the little fish that blocked completion of a TVA dam is still invoked as an icon of leftist extremism and governmental foolishness. In this eye opening book, the lawyer who with his students fought and won the Supreme Court case—known officially as Tennessee Valley Authority v. Hill—tells the hidden story behind one of the nation’s most significant environmental law battles. 


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