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Discovery Channel calls it shark week but here at Courageous we call it Shark Supporters Week! Sharks are a very important topic to include in any marine biology or environmental science program.  They are misunderstood creatures that are rapidly disappearing from our waters due to negative perceptions of sharks by humans. A majority of the over 500 species of sharks are currently listed as endangered or threatened because of human interactions.  People view sharks as man hunters because of movies, news reports, and other
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  This week, to celebrate our Fish Fanatics theme, we learned about fishing practices in order to highlight the importance that fish and fishing plays in the Boston Harbor ecosystem and local economy.  I altered an activity about declining shark populations to teach about how the fishing practices of hook and line, gillnets, long lines, and trawls.  The lesson above demonstrates, in an active and fun way, how four of the most common fishing practices work.  Click here to learn more about fishing
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To continue this week’s seabird theme, I facilitated two different activities with the youth program students focusing on migration and feathers.

The first activity, involving feathers and what happens to a bird’s feathers in an oil spill, can be found here.

Keys to this activity are to allow students time to observe their feather, think about the behavior of seabirds, and ponder how an oil spill might affect a seabird.  Though this activity requires materials such as vegetable oil, dish soap, and feathers it clearly demonstrates how feathers function and are negatively affected by oil.  Additionally, because the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico occurred only three years ago, many students still remember and can relate to this tragedy.

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Every Tuesday during the summer at Courageous is Trash Race Tuesday!  Last week, Emily wrote about Trash Races but I would like to write a bit more about the full instructions and intention of this activity.

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This week’s theme is Seabird Specialists!  Boston has many seabirds, which our sailing students often see out on the water.  Cormorants, gulls, and terns are among the most frequently noted species.  Though seabirds might not be the most glamorous creatures, they play an important role in the ecosystem and are actually more interesting than they might appear.  For example, Artic Terns, who often stop by Boston Harbor along their annual migration route, have one of the longest migrations (by distance) of any bird- traveling about
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