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Project Puffin: Protecting Seabird Islands in the Gulf of Maine

AubreyAlamshah | SSC Naturalist
In the summer of 2015 I started working at Project Puffin, a seabird restoration program run through the National Audubon Society. I’ve worked there in some capacity every summer since then and the things I learned there have helped me a great deal at my job at the Seacoast Science Center.
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Rye Lions Club donates Viewing Telescope

The Rye Lions Club recently donated a SeeCoast Mark I Telescope to the Seacoast Science Center in Rye. The viewer will be installed on the seaside lawn of the Center in Odiorne Point State Park this spring.
The telescope has an optical power of 20X, which will allow objects and views to appear 20 times closer.

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Happy Holidays from the crew at SSC

From our family to yours, we wish you a joyous holiday season and a new year filled with exciting new discoveries.
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Atlantic Purple Sea Urchin

The Atlantic Purple Sea Urchin (Arbacia punctulata) is native to the North Atlantic and found along the coasts of North America from Massachusetts, southward to the Yucatan Peninsula.
They can reach up to 8 cm in diameter. Its shell (test) is covered with tube feet used for mobility and camouflage. Five tooth-like plates on

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Sustainable Fisheries

Mike Doherty | Program Naturalist
The ocean provides an incredible source of food. In fact, it is the primary source of protein for more than 3 billion people on Earth. As New Englanders, we are fortunate to have multiple options available to us when it comes to seafood. Lobster, fish and chips, and fried clams

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SSC Marine Mammal Rescue Team cohosts regional conference

The Seacoast Science Center partnered with the New England Aquarium to host the annual Greater Atlantic Regional Stranding Conference in Hull, MA. The conference was held at the Nantasket Beach Resort from October 10-13, 2017. A hundred and fifteen people attended the conference from Maine to Virginia to learn about the new techniques and

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Seacoast Science Center seeks nature artists

The Seacoast Science Center is accepting submissions for artwork to be incorporated in its Indoor Tide Pool Touch Tank exhibit interpretive panels. A renovation of the exhibit is planned for Winter 2018.
Artists of all ages and ability are welcome to submit their original art of the following intertidal creatures: Blue Mussel (Mytilus edulis), Common

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SSC President Emerita Wendy Lull receives lifetime achievement award

The New England Museum Association recognized Seacoast Science Center President Emerita Wendy Lull with its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award on October 27 during the 99th Annual NEMA Conference in Falmouth, Massachusetts.
Lull was honored for her decades of service to the museum field, along with her leadership and mentorship work through NEMA and other

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Iceland Eco-Adventure: A travel journal

The Seacoast Science Center hosted an Eco-Adventure, Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice, September 27-October 5, 2017. This guest blog was written by trip participant, Pat DeGrandpre, from her travel journal.
 
Pat DeGrandpre | Artist, Eco-Adventure Traveler, SSC Member
 
Day 1 – Reykjavik

We landed in the dark of early morning after

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The Common Spider Crab

The Common Spider Crab (Libinia emarginata), also known as the Decorator Crab, is round and spiny, with long legs that can reach around its body to attach bits of algae, shell, and seaweed to the many fine, sticky hairs on its carapace for camouflage. Found in the Atlantic Ocean, from Nova Scotia to the

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