World Wetlands Day February 10
By Jerry Donohue

Amigos at World Wetlands Day
In celebration of World Wetlands Day, the Newport Bay Conservancy held its annual symposium at the Back Bay Science Center on February 10, 2018. The focus this year was “Human Impacts on Estuaries: Sea Level Rise and Algal Blooms.” Throughout the morning we heard from five speakers on topics ranging from “Coastal Storm Monitoring” to “Harmful Algal Blooms in California Estuaries” to “How Photosynthesis Shapes and Is Shaped by Ocean Processes.”

After lunch, guests were invited to participate in either an eel grass demonstration or a FLOW workshop. Jim and Jennifer Robins, Tom Pfeifer, Joana Tavares, Chuck Drescher, Judy Huck and Jerry Donohue led 8-10 individuals through our typical plankton collection, identification and water chemistry testing. The mostly college-aged students were awed by the microscopic creatures that came into view. It was a wonderful experience to share our FLOW program at this symposium.