Help Count Baby Oysters

 
Published: Sep 12, 2017

Help count baby oysters as part of a restoration project! The Nature Conservancy needs volunteers to help count oyster spat (baby oysters) that are attached to adult oyster shells. These baby oysters have been cared for by Oyster Conservationist volunteers around Great Bay (and a few on the Maine coast) over this summer for restoration. Volunteers offer to grow oysters off their docks where they are protected from predators and can thrive. Now, more volunteers are needed to count and measure oyster spat from 80 small cages filled with 100 oyster shells (that's a lot of babies to count!) to see how they did after spending their summer at foster docks. Soon these oysters will be placed on a carefully chosen restoration area in Great Bay.

Volunteers are needed daily from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. from September 30 to October 4, 2017 in Durham, NH. Work is outside, on the scenic shores of Great Bay!

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“It’s fun being out on Great Bay... It’s also great to meet all sorts of people. Here we have a new business owner and a middle school student. Not everyone is retired! With the different days and shifts, they made it easy for us to fit this work around busy schedules.” - Volunteer Laura Byergo.

Find out why volunteers love the Great Bay Oyster Counts in this feature story from 2015. Malin Clyde, Project Manager for the Stewardship Network: New England, wrote about the inspiring volunteers who come out to do citizen science on the shores of Great Bay.  Read more...