NSRWA Watershed Ecologist and MassBays South Shore Coordinator , Sara Grady, has started recording podcasts through Marshfield Community Television that will cover multiple topics related to the estuaries of the South Shore and beyond.
Sara will also be accepting ideas for future topics. Just email your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Episode 4 – River Herring Network: Sara interviewed Abby Archer from Cape Cod Cooperative Extension and Woods Hole Sea Grant about the River Herring Network, when and where they each saw their first herring as kids, and the competitive and cooperative world of volunteer herring counts in Massachusetts.
- Episode 3 – Bringing the Fish Back to Town Brook: Episode three discusses the restoration of Town Brook. Over the past 16 years the Town of Plymouth has worked with local, state, and federal partners to systematically remove dams and improve fish passage in Town Brook, which runs through the center of town. The final dam on Town Brook, Holmes Dam, is in the process of being removed, which will open up passage for river herring and eels from Cape Cod Bay to Billington Sea. In this episode, Sara talks to David Gould, Director of Plymouth’s Department of Marine and Environmental Affairs and Nick Wildman, Ecological Restoration Specialist from the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration, about the Holmes Dam removal and the restoration of Town Brook as a whole. Read more at NOAA Fisheries.
- Episode 2 – Sea Monsters: In the second Halloween-themed podcast “Sea Monsters” Sara and special guest Niels-Viggo Hobbs discuss mythological creatures, marine animals that are stranger than fiction, and the role of the ocean and it’s inhabitants in fueling fear in horror and sci-fi!
- Episode 1 – Water Cycles: The introductory episode of “The Estuarine Gradient” covers basic estuarine vocabulary, the water cycle, drought and streamflow, stormwater pollution, and answers the question “What is up with those algal blooms in Florida?” Come for the review of some basic knowledge, stay for the “limiting nutrient” chocolate chip cookies.