Webinars

Our live-stream webinars give you the opportunity to connect with our staff and collaborating partners, ask questions, and learn more about our work to advance marine and environmental conservation through education and action. All webinars are recorded and viewable at your convenience.

Protecting Wildlife and Serving Local Communities

Watch our Marine Mammal Rescue team leaders Ashley Stokes and Brian Yurasits give an update on the year’s most notable response cases and celebrate our marine conservation in action with us. (Recorded 11/29/22)

Presenters:

Ashley Stokes
Marine Mammal Rescue Director
Seacoast Science Center

Brian Yurasits
Marine Mammal Rescue Community Outreach Manager
Seacoast Science Center

The Science of Saving Right Whales

North Atlantic Right Whales are one of the world’s most endangered large whale species, with fewer than 350 animals left in existence. Join special guest Amy Warren, Right Whale Research Assistant at New England Aquarium’s Anderson Cabot Center For Ocean Life, for an update on the current status of these awe-inspiring ocean animals. (Recorded 3/8/22)

Presenters:

Ashley Stokes
Marine Mammal Rescue Director
Seacoast Science Center

Amy Warren
Research Assistant
Kraus Marine Mammal Conservation Program
at the New England Aquarium

Brian Yurasits
Marine Mammal Rescue Community Outreach Manager
Seacoast Science Center

Gray Seals: Conservation & Fisheries

Following their near extirpation from New England’s waters, the recovery of gray seals is both a conservation success and a new challenge for fisheries in the Atlantic Ocean. Join our panel of experts for an important conversation about how fisheries work to co-exist with the results of wildlife conservation efforts. (Recorded 2/17/22)

Presenters:

Ashley Stokes
Marine Mammal Rescue Director
Seacoast Science Center

Dr. Andrea Bogomolni
Interdisciplinary Community Scientist

Owen Nichols
Director of Marine Fisheries Research
Center for Coastal Studies

Doug Feeney
Commercial Fisherman (with Owen Nichols)

Shark Research and Public Safety

Join local experts for a conversation about the latest great white shark research taking place in New England, and learn tips to help you reduce your chances of encountering one of these animals while spending time on the coast. We’ve dipped our toes into the conservation success story of sharks and seals in New England, but now prepare to dive deeper into current research projects and public safety efforts that are underway. (Recorded 1/10/22)

Presenters: 

Ashley Stokes
Marine Mammal Rescue Director
Seacoast Science Center

Kristen Kibblehouse
Community Engagement Manager
Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

Brian Yurasits
Marine Mammal Rescue Community Outreach Manager
Seacoast Science Center

Harbor Seal Pups and Human Interactions

Join marine mammal experts Lisa Becker, Ainsley Smith, and Ashley Stokes for a conversation about human interactions with marine mammals on New England’s coastline. Learn about the different types of threats that these seal pups face on our crowded coastline and what you can do to help protect these little ones!

You’ll also hear an update on seal pups Hercules and Zeus, who are currently undergoing rehabilitation at National Marine Life Center in Buzzards Bay. Hercules was picked up by Seacoast Science Center due to multiple interactions with well-meaning humans in Gloucester, MA. (Recorded 17/2/21)

Presenters:

Ainsley Smith

Regional Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, Office of Protected Resources
NOAA Fisheries

Lisa Becker
Marine Wildlife Rehabilitation Director
National Marine Life Center

Ashley Stokes
Marine Mammal Rescue Director
Seacoast Science Center

The Secret Life of Seals

Seacoast Science Center teamed up with Rob Digiovanni, Founder and Chief Scientist at Atlantic Marine Conservation Society, to satellite tag harbor seal #087. Since then, this little guy has motored from Portland, ME, all the way south to Nantucket, MA. In this webinar, you’ll learn more about the tracking data that Rob has been collecting since the 1990s, including why it’s important, what it tells us about seal populations in this region, and what questions Rob and his team at AWCS are working to answer. (Recorded 6/7/21)

Presenters:

Robert A. DiGiovanni, Jr.
Founder and Chief Scientist
Atlantic Marine Conservation Society

Ashley Stokes
Marine Mammal Rescue Director
Seacoast Science Center

Brian Yurasits
Marine Mammal Rescue Community Outreach Manager
Seacoast Science Center

Systems in Balance: Seals and Sharks in New England

Seals and sharks play very important roles in our Blue Planet, as mesopredators, apex predators and early indicator species, but they were nearly extirpated in our local waters. Since protections were put into place, these animals have begun to rebound and are more visible on our coast; a true conservation success story!

In this webinar, you’ll learn about safe marine mammal viewing, what are prey to sharks (other than seals), and what other species marine mammal rescue organizations respond to. You will also find out how seasonal trends are identified and learn about the newly deployed acoustic detection buoys in New Hampshire. (Recorded 11/10/20)

Presenters:

Ashley Stokes
Marine Mammal Rescue Director
Seacoast Science Center

Kristen Kibblehouse
Community Engagement Manager
Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

Ainsley Smith
Regional Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, Office of Protected Resources
NOAA Fisheries

Delayed opening today.

Seacoast Science Center will open at 11am today due to inclement weather.