The WaterWatch Lecture Series was filmed and broadcast online as a part of the Norwell Nature Series by Norwell Spotlight TV.

January 15, 2020
Water is the Blood of Creation
Jonathan James Perry, Aquinnah Wampanoag Nation – Water is an integral part of the Wampanoag peoples’ identity and connection to Creation. Their interdependence on the waterways has spanned for thousands of years and continues to be paramount for their health, transportation, subsistence, and ceremonies. Join us to learn from Aquinnah Wampanoag Councilman, culture bearer, artist, and traditional boat maker Jonathan James Perry as he discusses the Northeastern coastal Native peoples’ respect for and usage of the complex water systems along the New England coast line.


January 22, 2020
The 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower
Whit Perry, Plimouth Plantation – 2020 marks the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower landing at Plymouth and the birth of our nation. Join us for this exciting presentation about the historic restoration of the Mayflower and the celebratory sail planned for May of 2020 from Charlestown in Boston Harbor.

NATURE WATCH – 400TH PLYMOUTH ANNIVERSARY from Norwell Spotlight TV on Vimeo.

January 29, 2020
Mosquitos, Spraying and Triple EEE
Blake Dinius, Plymouth County Extension Entomologist – More than just annoying, mosquitoes may be the most dangerous animal in the world (Great white sharks, step aside!) The incidence of eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in Plymouth county ranks among the highest in the nation. Join Plymouth County Entomologist Blake Dinius in understanding why mosquitoes bite and carry these diseases and the current science behind how we can protect ourselves against mosquito borne illness.

NATURE WATCH – BUGS THAT BUG YOU from Norwell Spotlight TV on Vimeo.

February 5, 2020
Kill Your Lawn
Mark Richardson, Tower Hill Botanical Director – According to NASA, in the United States more surface area is covered by lawn than by any other single irrigated crop. Lawns are resource-heavy, requiring irrigation, fertilizer, and pesticides to thrive in our climate. Learn how to replace your lawn with beautiful and environmentally friendly native plantings from Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s director of horticulture Mark Richardson, co-author of Native Plants for New England Gardens, with photographer and author Dan Jaffe. This lecture is sponsored in part by Wild Ones – South Shore MA Chapter.

NATURE WATCH – KILL YOUR LAWN from Norwell Spotlight TV on Vimeo.

February 12, 2020
Shad, River Herring and Eels in Massachusetts
John Sheppard, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
– These curious fish migrate thousands of miles between fresh and saltwater and are incredibly important to our ocean and aquatic food webs. John Sheppard of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries Diadromous Fish Project will share the latest news about their current populations and efforts to restore their habitat. These fish are incredibly important but their populations are at historic lows but recent efforts to restore their habitat are showing promise!

NATURE WATCH – SHAD, RIVER HERRING & EEELS from Norwell Spotlight TV on Vimeo.

February 19, 2020
Climate Change Cafe: Keeping Your Head Above Water
Alexandra Vecchio, Mass Audubon Climate Change Program Manager
– The subject of climate change with all of its ramifications can be overwhelming. We know our life choices have significant impacts on the health of our communities and planet. We struggle with individual action plans that can make a difference. Join us as Alexandra provides some insight and leads us in a discussion that will empower us to make positive choices in our communities and beyond.


February 26, 2020
The Life History and Conservation of the Diamondback Terrapin
Patty Levasseur, Graduate Researcher, Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay & University of Massachusetts
– A once abundant turtle species, diamondback terrapins were an important food source for the Continental Army and later for slaves on coastal plantations dating back to the 1700s. Terrapin meat later became a delicacy for the elite and was heavily exploited to near extinction. Today, diamondback terrapins are listed as protected or regulated throughout their range, however they face additional threats including habitat loss, nest depredation, road mortality and drowning in crab traps. Conservation work is being done throughout their range to combat these threats in hopes of recovering populations of this unique turtle.

NATURE WATCH – DIAMONDBACK TERRAPIN from Norwell Spotlight TV on Vimeo.

March 4, 2020
Weather vs. Climate and Climate Change
Eleanor Vallier-Talbot, Meteorologist National Weather Service
– Weather watchers everywhere have been seeing the changes that have been happening around us, especially with the increasing number and intensity of storms locally and worldwide. Prolonged droughts have also caused major problems, especially with dwindling water and food supplies. This presentation will review what the differences are between weather and climate, then will shift into how the changing climate has been wreaking havoc along the coastline, across the mountains as well as the plains.

NATURE WATCH – WEATHER VS CLIMATE from Norwell Spotlight TV on Vimeo.


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January 9, 2019
Barstow’s Two Oaks and the Upper North River Shipyards
Caleb Estabrooks of Hanover, NSRWA Board Member

For 200 years the North River bustled with the industry of building wooden ships and we see the evidence of this on historical markers and local town seals. Recently discovered artifacts and stories are adding to the depth of what we know about this influential piece of local history. Come see a collection of images and artifacts from the Barstow’s Two Oaks Shipyard in Hanover and hear how the shipbuilding industry shaped the town of Hanover, and the influence these ships had on the early United States.

Norwell Nature Watch – Barstow’s Two Oaks and the Upper North River Shipyards from Norwell Spotlight TV on Vimeo.

January 16, 2019
Eating Green Crabs to Save Our Clams and Estuaries?
Roger Warner, Green Crab Research and Development

Green Crabs are a marauding European invader that is eating our clams, mussels, eelgrass and eroding our salt marshes. What can be done? Researchers and the seafood industry are teaming up to market these crabs as food and fertilizer. Could this be a winning strategy help manage these invasive species and help save our coasts from this destructive invader? Come find out!

Norwell Nature Watch – Eating Green Crabs to Save Our Clams and Estuaries? from Norwell Spotlight TV on Vimeo.

January 23
Plastic Ocean
Jessica Donohue, Sea Education Association

Plastics in our oceans are a major concern for wildlife and for us. But how do we know how much plastic is in the ocean? Sea Education Association scientist Jessica Donohue will explain how this data is collected, what the sources are, where it accumulates in the North Atlantic and what we know about the impacts of microplastics on sea life and human health.

Norwell Nature Watch – Plastic Ocean from Norwell Spotlight TV on Vimeo.

January 30
From Single Use to Zero Waste: What’s New with Recycling
Claire Galkowski, South Shore Recycling Cooperative

Recycling has been in the news – from China not taking our recycling to making sure we recycle correctly. Longtime director of the fifteen-town South Shore Recycling Cooperative and lifetime waste hater, Claire Galkowski, will do a deep dive into impacts from some everyday consumer products, both upstream and down. The presentation will inspire new ways to think about “stuff,” explain how recycling works, and provide practical tools to “Recycle Smart” and be gentler to our forests, streams, oceans and atmosphere.

Norwell Nature Watch – What’s New with Recycling from Norwell Spotlight TV on Vimeo.

February 6
What’s Up with the Whales
Amy Knowlton, New England Aquarium, Senior Scientist

North Atlantic Right whales, entangled in fishing gear, struck by ships, dying in higher than normal numbers, and feeding in new parts of the ocean, are at risk of going extinct. This small population is facing existing and new threats and people are working hard to save them. Other large whales have also been dying along the east coast at unprecedented levels. Come find out “What’s Up with the Whales” from whale researcher from the New England Aquarium, Amy Knowlton.

Norwell Nature Watch – What’s Up with the Whales from Norwell Spotlight TV on Vimeo.

February 13
Sea Run Brook Trout
Warren Winders and Geoffrey Day, Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition

Before the Industrial Revolution there were hundreds of rivers and streams from Long Island to Maine with populations of sea run brook trout, a special kind of brook trout that seek out rich food and shelter in our estuaries. Prized for their flavor, size and strength, these salter brook trout became the focus of America’s first sport fishery during the 1800’s. By the turn of the century their habitat had been so degraded by dams and pollution that now only remnant populations hang on in our streams and estuaries. Come find out more about sea run brook trout and how people are working to restore this once prized sport fish to our local streams.

Norwell Nature Watch – Sea Run Brook Trout from Norwell Spotlight TV on Vimeo.

February 20
Firefly Watch: Citizen Science from Your Back Porch
Don Salvatore and Jacqui Shuster

Join Don Salvatore and Jacqui Shuster, past and present coordinators for this international citizen science project. Learn how to identify and record a number of species of “lightning bugs” to help track their populations as scientists explore the challenges in habitat and climates for this iconic summer time resident. Recommendations on how to make your yard more attractive to fireflies will be shared.

Norwell Nature Watch – The Secret Lives of Fireflies from Norwell Spotlight TV on Vimeo.

February 27
The History of the Gurnet Light and Fort Andrew
Wally Hempel, Project Gurnet and Bug Lights

Celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Gurnet Light with history buff Wally Hempel, of Project Gurnet and Bug Light, as he explains the back story of this important landmark. Wally is a renowned story teller and will share accounts of the lighthouse being fired upon by British ships, and how it was once under the watchful eye of the first female lighthouse keeper. Through the efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers this crucial aid to navigation continues to guide mariners into Plymouth, Kingston and Duxbury Bays.

Norwelll Nature Watch – The History of the Gurnet Light and Fort Andrew from Norwell Spotlight TV on Vimeo.

At the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell.