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WATCH is a winner! Our “Watsonville Area Teens Conserving Habitats” program just won a Noyce Foundation “Bright Lights” award—a national competition that recognizes select museums and science centers doing an outstanding job engaging with their local communities.
The decade-long science education collaboration between the Aquarium, Pajaro Valley Unified School District and the Watsonville community is one of only seven winners nationwide. How well does it work? One clue: Aquarium visitation by Latinos is up 70 percent since 2009 due in part to WATCH and other education initiatives.
From the Arctic to The White House to the Aquarium: Welcome Dr. Brendan Kelly!
Dr. Brendan P. Kelly is joining the Monterey Bay Aquarium team as director of conservation research and chief scientist after leaving his current position as assistant director for polar sciences in the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.
As our chief scientist, Dr. Kelly will head up our science programs and partnerships, including conservation research initiatives focused on sea otters, great white sharks, Pacific bluefin tuna, and other iconic California Current species and ecosystems.
During his ringed seal research on the Arctic sea ice (pictured above), his Labrador retrievers weren’t just along for the ride. He’s trained them to locate the breathing holes and birth lairs maintained by the seals and hidden beneath the snow.
Dr. Kelly’s served as deputy director of the Arctic division of the National Science Foundation, and as a research scientist at NOAA’s National Marine Mammal Laboratory. His expertise includes leading multi-institutional collaborations within and outside of government to address key environmental issues—and especially the impacts of global climate change on ecosystems and people. In Alaska, he worked with the indigenous peoples to better understand the effects environmental change is having on their communities, and to bring that story to a wider audience.
Monterey and UCSC roots
Dr. Kelly’s career began in the Monterey region, where he graduated in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He went on to earn his master’s degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and his Ph.D. at Purdue University.
We’re pleased he’ll be joining us and look forward to him taking our efforts to ensure a future with healthy oceans to a new level!
Can you find two plovers in this picture? When you’re enjoying the beach this holiday, follow these tips from the American Bird Conservancy: 1) avoid roped-off areas and places where birds congregate; 2) don’t approach birds sitting on the sand, they may be nesting; 3) avoid activities that disturb birds, like fireworks or kites; 4) control children and pets; 5) and don’t feed the birds—nature does that. Oh and have a great #4thofJuly!
Welcome to your new world! We just released two threatened snowy plovers on a nearby beach. #Birds in distress and eggs that have been abandoned are often brought to the Aquarium, where we raise and release them to help this threatened population.