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Hatfield Marine Science Center to host science fair and open house Saturday, April 13

Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport will host its annual science fair and open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 13.

Marine Science Day is a free, family-friendly event showcasing marine research on the Hatfield campus.

This year’s theme is “Our Ocean, Our Future,” and the activities and exhibits will highlight the technology researchers use to better understand and monitor the ocean.

More than three dozen hands-on exhibits will showcase research on marine birds and mammals, aquaculture, ocean noise and fisheries.

Visitors can learn about ocean engineering, touch crabs and sea stars, look at plankton under microscopes, explore the Hatfield Visitor Center and climb aboard the R/V Kalipi, a 29′ aluminum vessel used in nearshore research.

Speakers K.C. Bierlich and Clara Bird from the Marine Mammal Institute’s Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna (GEMM) Lab will discuss how they use drones as a  to study baleen whales. Both speakers have extensive experience using drone technology to study Antarctic minke whales, humpback whales, and Adelie penguins.

This talk will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Carem Ford Phillips Auditorium in the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building.

Behind-the-scenes tours were expanded due to last year’s overwhelming interest. The tour schedule includes:
• 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.: Hatfield’s Seawater System Tours. Limit 15 people per tour, 45 minutes.
• 11 a.m.: Yaquina Estuary Trail Tour. Two groups simultaneously touring. Limit 20 people per group, 1 hour.
• 10:30 & 11:45 a.m. Vertical Tsunami Evacuation Tours. Limit 20 people per tour, 45 minutes.
• 11 a.m.: Aquaculture Tour, 20 people per tour, 1 hour.
All tours are free, and tickets are given on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are available in the courtyard area in the Welcome Tent.

l also be free and open to visitors all day. Hatfield Marine Science Center is at 2030 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, OR.

Don Williams
Don Williamshttps://lincolncityhomepage.com
Don Williams serves as publisher and editor of The Lincoln City Homepage.

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