The main text for this course will be The Seaside Naturalist by Deborah Coulombe.
Supplementary materials will be:
- Field guides to local flora and fauna, including but not limited to guides for local fish, seashells, plants, algae, marine invertebrates, marine mammals, sea and shore birds, etc. Start collecting as many as you can.
- Numerous websites which will be linked within the lesson plans for the weeks they are needed as well as added to the sidebar.
- Various DVD’s and videos which will be linked and available through Netflix or Amazon (or perhaps your local library) or YouTube.
The main resource, however, will be the ocean. We will be using that a lot.
Additional things you will need for the course:
- a lab notebook. This is the one we are using: “Rite-in-the-rain” field-flex notebook (it is waterproof-very handy!)
- A good quality microscope
- a pair of binoculars
- various buckets, nets, vials, trays, etc for collecting and examining specimens, most of which will be wet.
- Snorkeling gear or at least a hand-held underwater viewer to look at underwater communities in situ.
- a sense of adventure!
Optional but handy:
- A plankton net and a seine net are worth the investment, but not totally necessary.
- A boat would be handy, even if it is just a kayak or canoe.
- an aquarium would be great!
- If you have limited access to the ocean, you may want to think about ordering some preserved specimens from Carolina Biological to examine. They have great algae collections (order these live if possible, not preserved), fish, sponges,sea anemones, squid, jellyfish, starfish, sea urchin, sea cucumber, horseshoe crab, blue crab…you name it!