Learn about the ecology of coastal habitats including mud flats, salt marshes, barrier beaches, and the plants and animals uniquely adapted to live within them. Our field studies will also explore the special aspects of coastal habitats that keep seaside communities safe from extreme weather events, flooding, and other climate-related impacts. This course offers an in-depth understanding of coastal processes that shape the Southern Massachusetts coast and introduces tools and solutions that help protect these habitats and the wildlife dependent upon them. You will learn about coastal birds like Piping Plovers, Ospreys and Salt Marsh Sparrows and the programs in place to protect them during their critical breeding cycles.
As part of the program we will kayak the Slocums River in Dartmouth to get a unique perspective on the Ospreys from the river. Strong paddling skills and the ability to swim are required; kayaks will be provided.
*Please note: the hours listed on the schedule may vary from the sample schedule in the field school brochure and are subject to change based on tides, staff, optimal wildlife sightings, and other variables. A detailed schedule well be prepared and sent to registrants at approximately 3-4 weeks in advance. This course is one of several South East Region Field Schools offered.
Advance registration is required and is accepted on-line, over the phone, or through the mail. Payment in full is due upon registration. Upon registration you will receive a confirmation email, then 3-4 weeks in advance of your course you will receive an email with detailed information related to the class.
Cancellations must be received in writing (via email or regular mail) 30 days before starting date to receive a full refund (less a $50 nonrefundable administration fee per registrant).
Cancellation received less than 30 days before starting date may result in forfeit of entire course fee. If we can fill your spot with another registration then your balance is returned, less the $50 nonrefundable administration fee. The sanctuary reserves the right to cancel any course with a full refund to registrants.