DEEPS at Houston Museum of Natural Science for World Ocean’s Day

WORLD OCEAN’S DAY 2017 

Family Festival

Thursday, June 8, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Hosted at Houston Museum of Natural Science ǀ Free with Museum Admission

 With a goal of promoting Ocean conservation and bring awareness to the dangers of plastic pollution, “Our Oceans, Our Future” is the theme for UN-designated World Oceans Day. Celebrate at Houtson Museum of Natural Science with a “dive” on life-size 2D coral reefs of the Gulf of Mexico with Dr. Adrienne Correa of Rice plus presentations by Rice University’s Department of Earth Science. At various hands-on stations, researchers from several organizations will share their appreciation for the oceans and marine life and ways we can help in their conservation.

 This event is co-sponsored by Rice University’s BioSciences Department, NOAA Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, Marine Mammal Stranding Network and HMNS.

Dr. Travis Swanson and Dr. Lauren Simkins with the assistance of Lindsay Prothro and Tian Dong will provide a hands-on demonstration on ‘The Texas coast and its response to sea level change.’ The demonstration focuses on two questions: (1) what is sea level? and (2) how does the coast change when sea level rises?

They will use a variety of activities to show the important processes that influence sea level rise and coastal change that may impact the Texas coast. 

Download a copy of the activity: Oceans Day pamphlet

For more information:  http://news.rice.edu/2016/06/06/biosciences-helps-celebrate-world-oceans-day-at-hmns/

Jerry Dickens will discuss the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) on “Den of Lore” show this Friday!

Link to the Event-  youtu.be/6yWDMJwtuFE

Dr. Gerald Dickens joins the Den of Lore to discuss the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), which occurred around 56 million years ago. It is the most recent naturally occurring Earth warming event that we can compare today’s warming to. During this time, global temperatures rose at least 5°C (9°F), and the PETM warmth lasted 200,000 years before the Earth system was able to remove the extra CO2 from the atmosphere.

 

 

April 15, 2017 – Birding High Island and Anahuac with Pete Vail

When: April 15, 2017

Where: Birding at High Island and Anahuac NWR with Pete Vail

What to expect: peak of bird migration, thousands of shorebirds, hundreds of colorful songbirds, and lunch on a salt dome rimmed by oil wells!

What to bring: binoculars (if you have them, but not absolutely necessary), hat, sunscreen, water, lunch, full gas tank, friends.  All are welcome. No experience necessary.

Organizers: Cin-Ty Lee and Martha Lou Broussard

Itinerary

Stop 1.

Meet at 10 AM at Anahuac NWR Nature Store (NOTE THAT THERE ARE SEVERAL REFUGE AREAS, SO PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO DIRECTIONS BELOW)

From Houston, take I-10 east.  Get off on EXIST 812 (TX-61/Hankamer/Anahuac).  Turn right (south) on TX-61, which will eventually become FM 562.  At the Y intersection, turn left onto Whites Ranch Rd (FM1985). From the T intersection, continue for about 3 miles to Anahuac NWR sign on your right. Turn right and go south for 2.5 miles to nature store.

For iphone or google maps, insert these coordinates 29.614916, -94.535613 or “Friends of Anahuac Refuge Nature Store” (default on iphone will take you somewhere else). MAP

We will do the Shoveler Pond loop and look for various waterbirds.

Stop 2.

12 PM – Lunch at High Island, First Baptist Church

1368 Weeks Ln, High Island, TX 77623

From Anahuac, return to FM 1985 and turn right (east). Continue until you reach TX 124. Turn right (south) to High Island. Cross intracoastal canal and then veer left on Weeks Road to the church.

The First Baptist Church holds a BBQ every Saturday of April.  Those of us who want to eat BBQ can eat there, others can bring their own lunches.  We will picnic outside of the church.

 

Stop 3.  High Island

1 PM – High Island Boy Scout Woods

From the church, continue south on Weeks Rd. Turn right on 7th and then an immediate left on Dunman. At the intersection of Dunman and 5th, there is a parking lot. Park here and walk to Boy Scout woods (handicap parking after turning left on 5th).

2 PM – High Island Smith Oaks Heron Rookery

Retrace route to Weeks Rd, but instead of going back to the church, turn right on Old Mexico Road until you reach Smith Oaks headquarters.

 

Contact Cin-Ty Lee or Martha Lou Broussard for more details, ride-sharing, etc. Please let us know if you are coming so that we don’t leave anyone behind at the meeting spot.

Cin-Ty Lee – 713 348 5084 (ctlee@rice.edu)

Martha Lou Broussard (mlbrou@rice.edu)