Research @ Reserve Coffee House looks at Changing Coastal Habitats

On Tuesday, April 15, at 7 PM, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s Community Coffee House series, Research at the Reserve, presents “Too Much, Too Fast,” by James Rassman. Mr. Rassman, WBNERR’s stewardship coordinator, will speak about changes in coastal habitats.

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The research reserve has been using aerial photographs and computer software programs to map coastal habitats and how they have changed over the past decade. Mr. Rassman will talk about the habitats, what might be happening, and how that affects the dunes, beaches, and marshes.

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This program is part of a continuing series, Research at the Reserve Community Coffee House. Each program features a scientist discussing their research at the Waquoit Bay Reserve. The interactive coffee house format is designed to help people feel equally comfortable asking questions and joining in the discussion or just sitting back and listening to the scientists’ stories of their work.

Doors open at 6:45 PM with a chance to view the exhibits in the visitor center and sample homemade sweets and coffee and tea. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mugs as well as a flashlight for traveling from the parking lot. Admission is free. For more information, call 508-457-0495, extension 107 or 108. Waquoit Bay Reserve is at 131 Waquoit Highway (Route 28), Waquoit.

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