Volume 26, Number 6


June 2015

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There's always something happening here at the Sea Lab, and we hope to bring you frequent updates of the latest activities.


Summer Days are Made for Adventure at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab!

Campers love fun crafts and learning during the Oceans Alive half-day camp.

Make this summer one your children will remember as they get off the couch, shut down the electronics, and head for adventure at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab! DISL's Discovery Hall Programs offer half-day and full-day camps for children 5-13, and each camp experience promises fun, education, and an appreciation for our beautiful environment. (READ MORE)

Marine Mammal Research Center Opens at the DISL

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(l-r) - Cutting the ribbon at the MMRC Grand Opening are DISL Exec. Dir. Dr. John Valentine; ALMMSN Director Dr. Ruth Carmichael; Patti Powell, ADCNR State Lands Director; and Eliska Morgan, Exec. Director of the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council.

Beautiful weather, supportive friends and an air of excitement made the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the DISL's new Marine Mammal Research Center picture perfect on May 22. The doors were opened for Alabama's first research center focused on data collection and research of the state's marine mammals, including manatees, dolphins and whales. (READ MORE)

Destination Estuarium this Summer

Top – Senior aquarist Brian Jones, left, shows off a baby gator to the delight of a visitor. Bottom – Dive into discovery at the Estuarium.

Want to explore the swamps of the Delta and the sparkling seas of the Gulf of Mexico this summer? Then come visit the Estuarium, the public aquarium of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab! Open seven days a week, the Estuarium offers an in-depth look at the beautiful and diverse ecosystems of Mobile Bay and surrounding waters. (READ MORE)

Sea Lab Faculty and Staff are Honored

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Top, l-r: Dr. Ken Heck. Mimi Tzeng (far right), receives the Earth Cube community service award from Marjorie Chan, Award Committee Chair, left (Credit: Jay Pearlman of J&F Enterprise.) Bottom, l-r: Mike Dardeau and Al Gunter.

What makes the Sea Lab so successful? The ideal location, on the Gulf of Mexico? The award-winning courses and programs? These would mean far less without the drive, determination and innovation of a dedicated staff, and we are so pleased when outside organizations recognize them as well. (READ MORE)

Teachers – There's Still Time to B-WET this Summer!

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An oyster dissection during the B-WET workshop helps teachers understand these bivalves, and the hot sauce gives a nice kick!

From June 14 to 18, the Discovery Hall Program will be offering a fantastic teachers' workshop titled B-WET, or Bay Watershed Education Training: Watershed Education using Bivalves. Although there is a $100 registration fee, it is refundable upon completion of the workshop, and the tuition, meals and housing are FREE! This workshop is funded by NOAA and the BWET Program. (READ MORE)

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