Connecticut Sea Grant will host members of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society for a paint-out at the UConn Avery Point campus from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 9. Also on Sept. 9, Judy Preston, Sea Grant’s Long Island Sound outreach coordinator, will lead a 30-45 minute walk around the campus, describing the various marine habitats, her work on coastal habitats and campus history.
The public is invited attend the 30th Anniversary Researcher Forum, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 103 of the Marine Sciences Building at UConn’s Avery Point campus.
As summer winds down, head out to one of the many beautiful places on our coastline with your camera and get creative! Long Island Sound and its waterways are very photogenic, so getting good pictures of the wildlife, scenery and people at work and play in this estuary of national importance is easy. Capturing eye-catching images is a great way to spend time outdoors and appreciate all the beauty right here at home – and join Connecticut Sea Grant in celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Connecticut Sea Grant is co-sponsoring two teacher workshops in September about how to use Long Island Sound in the classroom.
The East Lyme Public Trust Foundation has published educational pamphlets to teach the public about the seaweeds, shells and plants on the town’s shorelines. The project was co-sponsored by the foundation and the East Lyme Parks and Recreation Department, with funding provided by Connecticut Sea Grant.
The town’s commercial fishermen and Gambardella’s Wholesale Seafood hosted the first-ever open house on the town dock on July 28, inviting the public to learn about and sample seafood caught by local fishermen. The Saturday event was a prelude to the annual Blessing of the Fleet the next day.
About 40 youth from Mystic Aquarium’s summer camps joined representatives of the Long Island Sound Study and Connecticut Sea Grant in a cleanup at Bluff Point State Park on Aug. 1 to launch a social medial campaign to get people to “break the single-use plastic habit” and help protect the Sound’s wildlife.