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May 2019

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The thing about river otter scats…scientific and educational opportunities

The thing about river otter scats…scientific and educational opportunities

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Room

Speaker: Dr. Thomas Serfrass (Frostburg State University)

Event Details

Dr. Serfass will discuss the use of river scat and latrines as a means of estimating river otter populations, and the use of otters as flagship species for conservation and education. Light snacks will be provided.

Our Thursday seminars are free and open to the public. Since they are directed towards scientists, they are more technical than our evening lectures. View our evening lecture lineup.

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The surprising effects of non-nutrient ions: Nonpoint sources as drivers of urban stream geochemistry

The surprising effects of non-nutrient ions: Nonpoint sources as drivers of urban stream geochemistry

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Center

Speaker: Joel Moore, Towson University

Event Details

Summary: Major ion concentrations in streams seem to be increasing across substantial regions of the U.S. and elsewhere due to human activity. These increasing concentrations raise concerns for the health of freshwater ecosystems and for the quality of our drinking water. In urban streams, we find that non-point sources are substantial drivers of changes in major ion chemistry, with effects ranging from hours to decades, and from the Baltimore region to the eastern seaboard. Perhaps the largest driver of these chemical changes are the direct and indirect effects of road salt.

Our Thursday seminars are free and open to the public. Since they are directed towards scientists, they are more technical than our evening lectures. View our evening lecture lineup

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Family Canoe Trips
family canoe trips

Family Canoe Trips

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 9:00am - 11:30am Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Bring the family for a paddle on the Rhode River at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

Advance Registration Required
No

Event Details

Bring the family for a paddle on the Rhode River at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. We’ll look for wildlife, talk about research, and enjoy time outside on the Bay. Bring a picnic lunch and eat before or after the paddle at our picnic area. Instructors will provide basic paddling instruction, life jackets, and canoes. We'll look for eagles, otters, muskrats, herons, and more. Children must be 6 years or older, and anyone 16 or younger must be accompanied by an adult.

There are two trips each day: 
9 am-11:30 am & 1 pm -3:30 pm

May 18th 
June 22nd 
July 20th - CANCELED DUE TO HEAT ADVISORY
August 24th
October 19th

November 2nd

Cost is $20 for ages 13-Adult and $18 for ages 12 and younger.

Registration Drop In, and first come, first served. 

Cash or check only.

QUESTIONS? Call (443) 482.2216.  SERC also offers group trips. If you’re interested in a canoe trip for your group or organization then please call the number listed as well.

9:30AM - 1:00PM
 
SERC Science Saturday
Science Saturday

SERC Science Saturday

Learn about the secret lives of plants.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

Join us for explorations of SERC research with our Science Saturdays. Bring the family for a day of hands-on activities alongside Smithsonian scientists and Pepper, the robot! 

Event Details

Cost: FREE and open to all
Location: SERC campus. We’ll show you where to park when you get here. Directions can be found on our website.
Bring: No food will be available for purchase, but you are welcome to bring your own lunch or snacks.

We hope to see you all there!

If you have any questions please contact Karen McDonald at mcdonaldk@si.eduor (443) 482-2216. 

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Sea Level Rise: The Risks and Realities

Sea Level Rise: The Risks and Realities

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Center

Speaker: Dr. William Sweet, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Event Details

flooded street with cars

In this lecture, NOAA oceanographer William Sweet will talk about water level data from around the U.S. and decipher important patterns that directly impact coastal communities. He will focus on how the frequency of “nuisance” tidal flooding has been changing over the last century, and framing possible “futures” under continued and accelerated sea level rise projections.

SERC's monthly evening lectures run every third Tuesday of the month, from March through October. Lectures are free and open to all: No RSVP required!

(Photo: National Ocean Service, NOAA)

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