Coastal & Marine

Visit the Pages Below for Help with Organism Identification, Education Opportunities, Texas Master Naturalist information and Much More.

NOSB Professional Development Webinars

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is happy to announce a special professional development opportunity for middle and high school educators nationwide. All educators are welcome to register, and NOSB coaches are highly encouraged to participate.
The free online webinar series, beginning in January 2021, will focus on the 2021 NOSB competition theme of ‘Plunging Into Our Polar Seas.’ The purpose of the series is to provide teachers with the opportunity to enhance their awareness and understanding of topics such as, but not limited to: the vital role the poles play in regulating climate; thermohaline circulation and deep-ocean currents; increasing levels of anthropogenic carbon dioxide in the atmosphere; sea ice cover; permafrost; ocean warming; and unique polar marine life.

• January 19th at 7pm EST – NREL Ask an Expert with presenters from the U.S. Department of Energy, Ocean Renewable Power Company, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Link and more info are available at:

• January 21st at 5pm EST – Dr. Bonnie Light & Dr. Maddie Smith, Polar Science Center, presenting on “Earth’s frozen oceans: properties and importance of sea ice”. Link and more info are available at:

• January 25th at 7pm EST (TBC) – Dr. Melinda Webster, University of Alaska, title coming. Link and more info available soon at:

NOAA Live 4 Kids Webinars

While you were at home during school closures, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Regional Collaboration Network in conjunction with Woods Hole Sea Grant and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, offered this series of webinars with different NOAA expert/topic and a moderated question and answers session throughout so that you could get a peek at what our NOAA scientists do in all the various NOAA offices. These webinars were geared toward grades 2-8 and allowed students to connect with scientists. Webinars were streamed via GoToWebinar, were between 45-60 minutes in length, and were recorded.

Click here
for more info. and to watch these past recorded webinars!

Galveston Bay Area Chapter Texas Master Naturalist Website
– More information on the Texas Master Naturalist Program
How to join the next training class
– Volunteer opportunities and upcoming events
– Award winning newsletter “The Midden”
Identification Guide to Marine Organisms of Texas
-Identification of fish, crabs, shrimp, mollusks, vegetation, beachcombing and more.
-Information courtesy of TPWD, (Brenda Bowling), 2012-2017.
Aquaplant Website
-Designed to help pond owners and their advisors in the identification and management of aquatic vegetation.
– Photographs, descriptions, and easy to understand guidelines.
Galveston Bay Fact Sheet Series
– A series of PDF fact sheets on threatened and endangered species, water quality in the Gulf, salinity, bottlenose dolphins, water birds, oysters, and more.
Monofilament Recovery and Recycling
-Monofilament is a single-strand, high-density nylon fishing line that is used on fishing reels. Used line can be harmful to boat motors and marine wildlife. Visit the link for more info. on the Texas Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program (MRRP.)

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