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USGS Activities Rock the Waquoit Bay Watershed Block Party on Cape Cod


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Julia Knisel and Brian Buczkowski point out features along a beach profile to a group of children
Above: Julia Knisel and Brian Buczkowski point out features along a beach profile to prepare enthusiastic children for a grain-size-analysis activity. Photograph by Liz Beaulieu.

Rita Sherwood examines the grain size of two beach samples, while Brian Buczkowski sieves a third sample
Above: Rita Sherwood, daughter of USGS employee Chris Sherwood, examines the grain size of two beach samples, while Brian Buczkowski sieves a third sample. Photograph by Chris Polloni.

Julia Knisel, Kathy Scanlon, Erin Heffron, Brian Buczkowski, Liz Beaulieu, Nancy Soderberg, Dirk Koopmans, and Chris Polloni
Above: Julia Knisel, Kathy Scanlon, Erin Heffron, Brian Buczkowski, Liz Beaulieu, Nancy Soderberg, Dirk Koopmans, and Chris Polloni pose before packing up for the night. Photograph by Laura Catanach.

The Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, located on the south shore of Cape Cod, MA, hosted its annual Watershed Block Party on August 2, 2005. U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) contractors (Liz Beaulieu, Brian Buczkowski, Erin Heffron, Julia Knisel, and Dirk Koopmans) and employees (Chris Polloni, Kathy Scanlon, and Nancy Soderberg) from the Woods Hole Science Center joined volunteers from the reserve and many other local organizations to educate more than 400 of their watershed neighbors.

Chris set up his flight simulator to provide virtual rides over Waquoit Bay. Children and adults waited in line to ride over the bay, and to fly though the Puerto Rico Trench in three dimensions with the "bat mouse" (see related Sound Waves article, "Woods Hole Science Center Participates in an Open House at USGS Headquarters." Kathy entertained patient passengers and pilots with sea stories. After landing, visitors browsed numerous USGS maps and publications on local geology, ground water, and watersheds, which were provided by Nancy. Many visitors were intrigued by a tunicate sample that Erin had collected earlier in the day; Erin showed visitors a species of tunicate that is a nuisance around Cape Cod.

At another USGS table, Liz, Brian, and Julia conducted a grain-size-analysis activity. Children first learned to identify features along a beach profile and then sieved three samples that had been collected across a local beach. The power of wave and wind energy became clear as the three samples were compared.

Dirk led eager visitors down to the beach, where he had installed wells to teach about ground water. Visitors drew water from the wells and took salinity readings.

Quartz pebbles were provided as souvenirs to all who were interested in seeing them glow!


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November 2004

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