Blog posts tagged in Environment
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.
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.
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.
Last week Step 1 split into two groups and did a "trash race" in the park to see who could pick up the most trash. They learned about marine debris and all of the reasons why it is harmful to animals and our economy. We learned that 70% of all the trash found in water comes from on land. Instructors helped collect the trash and tally it in various categories, a system created by the Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean. The Rozalia Project is a group of people who travel around New England on a sailboat called the American Promise, picking up trash and educating others about keeping the ocean clean. The Rozalia Project has been visiting Boston for the past week, and Step 1 got to go on the boat and see what the Rozalia Project does. They showed us their trash-collecting robot, Hector the Collector, and we even got to see it in action. The kids learned that they really do make a difference when it comes to cleaning up the ocean. It was a great week for the instructors as well!
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.