‘The Silence of the Clams’ at Next Science Saturday

Shell out a small donation and attend this weekend’s Science Saturday presentation, “The Silence of the Clams,” at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences. Rick Bushnell, founder and president of ReClam the Bay, and head of the LBIF Science Committee, will discuss using shellfish in living shorelines. Admission is free for Foundation members and $5 per person for all others.

“We have heard about sea level rise, but what can we do about it? A number of municipalities around the bay are planning projects that use shellfish to stabilize the shoreline and, since (the shellfish) are living, they grow up as the water comes up,” noted LBIF Membership and Community Coordinator Jillian Schratz.

Bushnell will “weave a lot of environmental knowledge into this 90-minute session,” he explained, with, as well, “lots of time for questions and answers.”

The Foundation’s interactive Science Saturday presentations run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Foundation’s main building, unless otherwise noted. A schedule of all upcoming Science Saturday presentations is available online at lbifoundation.org/science/science-saturdays-3. Lectures will be held every Saturday through April 28, except for April 20.

As Bushnell pointed out, “Science Saturdays are part of the year-round activities conducted by the LBIF to help people better understand nature, its beauty and its needs. A new program, called Friends of LBIF, is dedicated to making LBIF members and the LBI community better friends with nature.

“The natural beauty of LBI is the first thing we think about and the last thing we do anything about,” he added. “We need to change that thinking and put nature first; then, our human needs should fit in nature’s plan.”

As part of the friends program, Bushnell will identify what each person can do to improve the environment, and how those actions are connected to the shellfish in the bay.

The Foundation is located at 120 Long Beach Blvd. in Loveladies.

For more information, call 609-494-1241 or visit lbifoundation.org. LBIF is also on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

—J.K.H.

Reposted from The Sandpaper