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Sea Star Wasting Disease

Mike Doherty | Program Naturalist
If you visited the Center recently, you may have noticed an odd-looking sea star or two. That is because many of them had begun to autotomise their own arms, meaning purposefully disconnecting them from their bodies.
Sea stars are known drop limbs for a number of reasons; one being

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SSC awarded Townsquare Media’s Year of Service Quarterly Partner

Townsquare Media New Hampshire, in conjunction with the Grappone Automotive Group, officially announced their 2017 Year of Service partners following a celebratory luncheon held on Wednesday, February 22 at their Dover headquarters.
The Seacoast Science Center was one of eight quarterly partners announced.  Other quarterly partners include New Horizons for New Hampshire, Half Moon Sober Festival,

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From seal face masks to behind-the-scenes tasks: volunteers do it all!

Allan Waterfield | Vice President of Operations
The Seacoast Science Center, like most non-profits, depends upon volunteers to fulfill its mission. Volunteers provide support in many different ways. In 2016 over 500 individuals volunteered at the Center, where they provide a total of 11,198.5 hours of service. Over 50 percent of this time was donated

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Seacoast Science Center goes coast to coast!

Mike Doherty | Naturalist
How are kids from California and British Columbia getting up close and personal with sea stars and periwinkles from the New Hampshire coast? By engaging in streaming educational programs presented by Seacoast Science Center that allow our naturalists to interact directly with students anywhere in the world!
The Center is a very popular field trip

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Collaborating with SSC using the NGSS (and more)!

Thom Smith, an elementary school teacher in Bradford, NH  is currently on McAuliffe Sabbatical, collaborating with Center staff to develop a Rocky Shore Curriculum, which will be a free and readily available resource for elementary level educators upon its completion.
Thom Smith | McAuliffe Sabbatical | Elementary School Teacher, Bradford, NH
Originally posted February 8, 2017 on Thom’s

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Blue + green = smart moves for the environment

Heidi Duncanson | Development and Communications Coordinator
When you’re a science center focused on keeping the ocean clean and “blue,” what do you call your committee focused on “green” initiatives? We call it the Teal Team, because what happens on land makes a direct impact on ocean health!
Our Teal Team is made up of six

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SSC’s Rescue Manager joins NOAA’s peer grant review team

Karen Provazza | Director of Marketing
On January 10th, Rescue Manager Ashley Stokes traveled to Baltimore, MD to participate in NOAA’s application review process for the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Fund. This grant allows organizations in the marine mammal response field, in good standing, to apply for a pool of competitive federal

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Mike Doherty brings passion to ocean education

Heidi Duncanson | Development and Communications Coordinator
Seacoast Science Center’s newest full-time staff member brings a depth of personal experiences and study that increases the caliber of our ocean education programs, in conjunction with today’s STEM standards. From SCUBA diving in Hawaii to hiking in Ecuador, Mike Doherty’s passion for nature and undergraduate education make

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SSC’s Ocean Runner Completes the Dopey Challenge for Ocean Health

The Seacoast Science Center’s Ocean Runner, Nichole Rutherford, successfully completed one of the most challenging goals of her life: completing the Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World in Florida. The race, held January 5-8, 2017, consisted of a 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and marathon, totaling 48.6 miles.
Although the half-marathon was cancelled due to severe

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First case of 2017

Ashley Stokes | Marine Mammal Rescue Manager

Yesterday afternoon we responded to our first case of 2017! We have been waiting for our first call to report a winter seal visitor, such as a harp seal or hooded seal, but unfortunately this report was for a deceased harbor porpoise. The call initially was reported

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