Get students out of the classroom and up close to science they can touch
The MassWrack project was created by the MassBays National Estuary Partnership and the Zoo New England City Nature Challenge. MassBays is part of the National Estuary program which was established after the passing of the Clean Water Act. MassBays strives to protect, restore, and enhance coastal habitats of 50 coastal communities in Massachusetts. The Zoo New England City Nature Challenge was created to encourage people to document nature in their surroundings and identify observations that are collected. They use the information that is collected to study biodiversity in the Boston Area and Cape Cod. To learn more about MassBays and Zoo New England and their project, visit the MassWrack project website.
There are millions of different species on Earth, and here in Massachusetts we can see a lot of this biodiversity in our own backyard. Through the iNaturalist app, thousands of species sightings have been posted showing the brilliance of Massachusetts biodiversity. These sightings are recorded by local residents along the shores and marinas of the state.
In #MassWrack, observers look for what lives in the wrack lines across the coastline. The wrack line is the line of debris, most often a combination of different types of seaweed and litter, which is left by a receding tide. These volunteers take pictures of what they see, upload the sighting to iNaturalist via the app, and give the location of the sighting. If you’re interested in participating, download the app and head out on a socially-distanced adventure!