Ocean research focus of SEA Days programs

Marine life enthusiasts of all ages are invited to participate in the new monthly SEA Days program at Birch Aquarium.

SEA Days (for Science, Exploration and Adventure) will feature multigenerational learning about cutting-edge oceanography research with hands-on activities and a chance to interact with scientists. Organizers hope SEA Days will provide the ideal venue for students, Scouts and others to meet requirements for "Interview a Scientist" or career-day projects.

The programs are included with aquarium admission, $18.50-$12, and will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month at 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla.

  • Dec. 19: Fishing Through the Ages. Practice the method fishermen used in the early 1800s to record their catch. Bring home a reusable grocery bag imprinted with the day's "catch."
  • Jan. 16: Whales on the Horizon. Watch for the gray whale migration this winter from the aquarium's tide-pool plaza. Join Scripps scientists as they share stories of their current research.
  • Feb. 20: Trashing Our Seas. Learn how to help save the seas from garbage overload. Become a scientist and investigate ocean samples and discover how "Lucky," a stuffed toy dog, ended up 1,000 miles off the coast. More details at http://aquarium.ucsd.edu, (858) 534-FISH.

Birch Aquarium sets winter evening lectures

Three marine-related lectures, part of the Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science, are open to the public from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 14, Jan. 11 and Feb. 8 at Birch Aquarium. The series aims to provide concise presentations on research conducted worldwide by scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD.

On Dec. 14, graduate researchers Miriam Goldstein and colleagues will discuss the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

The group recently returned from a 20-day expedition to the floating heap in the north Pacific Ocean, where plastic debris accumulates.

On Jan. 11, geophysicist John Orcutt will describe the ocean observing systems now in place to access near-real-time online, control sensors and autonomous underwater vehicles remotely, view live video and images from the sea floor, and collaborate in thousands of virtual laboratories.

On Feb. 8, oceanographer Tony Koslow will show how the 60-year-old ocean observation program (CalCOFI) is unraveling the impacts of the El Nino/La Nina cycle.

The lectures are $5-$8, and refreshments will be served. Reservations are requested at (858) 534-5771.

   
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