Category: Citizen Science

A Long Winter, and the Leaves Were Late

For the third year in a row, Science Center staff took note of the leaves. The study is a simple one, but with great potential interest for the future. The goal is to determine whether or not the trees in our area are leafing out earlier than usual – “usual” the word to be determined […]

A Study for the Birds – 2016 Breeding Bird Circles

Each year, Science Center staff steps into the woods at dawn, braves the mosquitoes and counts the birds. In its fourth year, the Science Center’s Breeding Bird Circle Study focuses on four spots, three times in the month of June: the Sylvester Bridge (directly over a vernal pool), the Nelson Memorial Bench (in the old […]

Water Quality Testing First Wave

“Those kids were outstanding,” said Jim Spinale, and he would be a good judge of that topic. The retired middle school science teacher spent decades working with South Shore kids on days just like this one. On Thursday, May 12, approximately 50 students from the Hanover Middle School joined naturalists and volunteers from the South […]

Captain Planet Grant Awarded to the Science Center!

The Captain Planet Foundation, an organization dedicated to funding educational programs that give students hands-on, project-driven learning experiences with real environmental outcomes, recently awarded the South Shore Natural Science Center an ECO-Tech Grant in the amount of $2500. The Science Center will use these funds towards its Student-designed Timed Irrigation System project. “We are so […]

Drifter Season is Underway

The South Shore Natural Science Center staff has started a process that will lead to the deployment of 17 surface ocean drifters with students all over the region, thanks to support from 3M Corporation. On Thursday, February 25, the Science Center’s former director of education and camping and now association grant writer John Galluzzo led […]

2016 Winter Bird Survey Results are in

Each year we take to the woods, the field and the pond to survey the avian life overwintering around the Science Center, and each year, for the first three years of the survey, results have fluctuated. Such is the case with general annual variation. Once this study hits thirty years, then we can start talking […]

Duck Tallies Are In

For the third year, we’ve conducted a fall waterfowl migration survey on Jacobs Pond, and for the third year, we’ve been surprised by some elements of the count. Here are some raw numbers: 2015 Effort and Conditions: In all, we made 36 counts, 1 from each observation point for 18 weeks. In general, surveys of […]

Drifter Update – 10/20/2015

  Our Weymouth High School drifter has given us quite a show as it has started its fall 2015 journey. It completed four generally oval-shaped rotations east of Hull, ducking into the mouth of Boston Harbor, before deciding to take a run between Little Brewster Island and Shag Rocks. From there it turned eastward for […]

No wonder my shoulders hurt…

So, maybe we’re reaching here, but numbers are numbers, right? Last year when we did our  leaf measurement survey (measuring leaves early and late in the growing season, capturing rate of change, perhaps over the long haul telling the story of global climate change) we found that the average American beech tree leaf was 57 […]

Five down, five to go

Onto wave 2! This fall, we will be building five more drifters with area school kids thanks to support from Battelle, and as you can see, we’ve already started. During the third week of September, we constructed one in Hull High School with Sheila Blair’s Ecology of Hull class. The class of 2016 outdid themselves […]