Rebecca Inver

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It is clear from Emily’s post that The Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean is an amazing organization who’s visit to Courageous Sailing Center is highly anticipated every year by students and staff alike!

I used to work for Rozalia Project as their Director of Outreach, so I know first hand how influential this organization really is.  Not only does Rozalia Project pick up trash from the surface of the water, the sea floor, and off beaches and coastlines around the country, but they also study the debris they find.  At Courageous, we use Rozalia Project’s data card to keep track of all the trash that we pick up.  This shows students that cleaning up debris really does make a difference and is part of important scientific studies.  Rozalia Project analyzes the data that we give them, along with their own data, to try to work towards solutions to marine debris. You can find Rozalia Project’s data card to use at your own facility here.

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This week is Crustacean Crusaders week!  We are lucky at Courageous that we have lobster traps along the dock that we can pull up so our campers can meet many sea creatures up close.  Among the common creatures that we find in our traps, most are crustaceans so our students are very familiar with local crabs and lobsters.  

Boston Harbor is home to many different crustaceans including barnacles, crabs, and lobsters, but our weekly activities focused on crabs.  After reviewing the characteristics of crustaceans, such as their jointed appendages, two pairs of antennae, and exoskeleton, we focused on the crabs found in Boston Harbor that are actually invasive species.  The European Green Crab and Asian Shore Crab are more common in Boston Harbor than some of our native species, such as Red Rock crabs and Jonah crabs. 

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As Claire mentioned in the last post, this week students learned about marine mammals as part of this week’s theme: “Marine Mammal Maniacs.”  At the beginning of the lesson I discuss with the students the definition of and facts about marine mammals.  Then, most importantly, I relate it back to local species and we focus on marine mammals found in Boston Harbor and Massachusetts. 

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Welcome to the Courageously Green blog!  Here, various staff from Courageous Sailing Center’s summer youth program will post tips, reflections, and other useful information about our Courageously Green Environmental Program.  

As the Environmental Education Program Director, my goal is to add science, nature, and experiential education lessons to the sailing curricula for the sailing students, ages 8-18.  My hope is that the sailing instructors will learn new games and facts that they can use with their students to entertain them and teach them about the marine environment.  By the end of the summer, I am sure the youth program employees and campers will be just as excited to learn about marine biology as they are to learn about sailing.

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