Salt Marsh Science Project Resources & Links
Salt Marsh Science Curriculum
This curriculum for middle and high school students includes classroom activities, identification sheets and a dichotomous key for identifying salt marsh plants, and data sheets for salt marsh field trips utilizing lessons developed by Kristen Grant and the salt marsh science protocols developed by Dr. Robert Buchsbaum and Dr. David Burdick. Classroom teachers, Carmen Ochoa, Amanda Demetri, worked with Liz Duff to develop the "integrated unit". We are pleased to offer you these tried and true methods for studying Phragmites, vegetation, fish and salinity in salt marshes. Get the curriculum and learn more
During 2015 Mass Audubon’s Salt Marsh Science Project (SMS) and Plum Island Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research (PIE LTER) began involvement via our Schoolyard K-12 education program with the Michigan State University NSF sponsored Data Nuggets activity. Data Nuggets are created to bring real data from current and ongoing research into the classroom and take students through the process of science, from the inception of ideas to the analysis and interpretation of data.
Examples and links to PIE LTER Schoolyard K-12 education program associated Data Nuggets.
Additional Data Nuggets Based on Great Marsh Research
* Based on SMS Student Data.
Perennial Pepperweed Control Handbook
Perennial Pepperweed is an invasive weed that has been growing and spreading at an alarming pace, particularly in salt marshes. Mass Audubon, the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, the Massachusetts Bays Estuary Program, and the Newburyport Gulf of Maine Institute team created the Perennial Pepperweed Control Handbook to pass on many lessons learned for battling pepperweed. Get the handbook and learn more about ways to help control pepperweed.
Voices of the Great Marsh
An exploration of the 20,000+ acre Great Marsh Ecosystem on the Upper North Shore of Massachusetts. This 13 minute long video presents a compelling historical and contemporary portrait of the Great Marsh through the voices of those who have worked to protect it for future generations. This includes footage and interviews with participants of Mass Audubon’s Salt Marsh Science Project. Watch the video
Produced by the8 Towns & the Great Marsh Committee, co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Bays Program and the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission.
The Great Marsh Classroom with Liz Duff and Lori LaFrance
Tidal restrictions, or constrictions, which alter the flow of salt and fresh water have a major effect on the conditions which can favor the growth of the invasive reed Phragmites. This video follows students from Ipswich High School as they participate in Mass Audubon’s Salt Marsh Science Project, collecting and analyzing data in Ipswich. They present their findings at Mass Audubon’s 17th annual Coastal Science Conference. Filmed by Rick Hydren of Staddles Productions. Watch the video
Danger in the Reeds Overview
Danger in the Reeds is a series of documentary videos developed to educate the public about an aggressive invading plant, Phragmites australis, which is pushing out the natural diversity with dense, monoculture stands of tall reeds with deeply penetrating roots. The overview includes footage of students from Ipswich High School participating in Mass Audubon’s Salt Marsh Science Project in 2013. Filmed by Rick Hydren of Staddles Productions. Watch the video
Healthy Habitats in the Great Marsh
Coastal Ecologist, and Mass Audubon’s Salt Marsh Science Project co-founder, Dr. Robert Buchsbaum talks about about birds and vegetation on salt marshes in this 6.32 minute video filmed by Rick Hydren, as part of his “Danger in the Reeds” video series. Staddles Productions. 2013. Watch the video
Why Are Our Salt Marshes Falling Apart?
Scientists conducting long-term ecological research in the Plum Island Estuary, on the North Shore of Massachusetts are studying the impact of excess nutrients on a salt marsh. Learn about their results in this short video featuring Linda Deegan, Senior Scientist. The Ecosystems Center Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Published on Oct. 11, 2012. Watch the video (3.49 minutes)
High Marsh Healthy Plant Diversity with Gregg Moore
How do healthy marshes compare with marshes invaded byPhragmites? Assistant Research Professor from the University of New Hampshire Department of Biological Science Jackson Estaurine Laboratory explores this question with his son in this video produced by Rick Hydren, as part of the “Danger in the Reeds” video series. Staddles Productions. 2013. Watch the Video
Other Related Websites
Eight Towns and the Great Marsh (hosted by the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission)