Latest Extension & Outreach Activities
2017 Outreach Activities
SNORKEL INTROS FOR ADULTS (Sun., 12/17 and Sat., 12/23). Not confident in the water but always wanted to try snorkeling? This snorkel intro, with a high supervisor to participant ratio, allowed adults to learn about snorkel gear, try and adjust it, defog a mask, breathe with a snorkel, and kick with fins. Participants could learn at their own pace in a calm environment with water safety pros.
NÅ’AN GUIHAN SIHA: CHAMORRO FISH I.D. (Sat., 11/19/17). This family-friendly workshop reviewed scientific and Chamorro organism classification systems and Chamorro names for animals found in the bay. Participants then played a special version of fish bingo to practice both their fish identification and Chamorro skills.
YPAO BEACH SNORKEL FOR ADULTS (Sun., 11/12/17). Open to anyone but especially those adults who need a buddy or a water safety pro for assistance, this adult snorkel event at Ypao have participants a chance to practice coral and fish identification in-water. A collaboration with the Guam Community Coral Reef Monitoring Program.
FINA’NÅ’GUEN PESKADOT: FISHING EXPO FOR FAMILIES (Sat., 10/14/17). For the Guam Museum’s monthly Ha’ånen Familia, fishermen demonstrated various styles of fishing: chenchulu, spear, jigging/rod & reel, and talåya. A collaboration with Western Pacific Regional Fishery Council, Guam Museum and Humanities Guåhan.
SNORKEL INTRO FOR ADULTS (Sun., 9/17/17). To support Humanities Guåhan‘s Hita I Hanom (Water/Ways) exhibit, contributor Marie Auyong led a snorkel intro at the Dededo Pool. Participants learned to: fit a mask, defog it, breathe with a snorkel, adjust fins, and practice efficient kicking. A collaboration with Humanities Guåhan.
“CHASING CORAL” SCREENING AND MINI-EXPO (Sat., 9/9/17). This movie captures one team’s quest to document coral bleaching on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef system. A panel discussion afterwards discussed what local scientists and agencies are doing to address coral bleaching. Participants could visit tables afterwards to learn about local volunteer opportunities and projects. Sponsored by the Guam Community Coral Reef Monitoring Program.
KID’S AUGUST SALTWATER FISHING CLINIC & DERBY (Sat., 8/5/17 and Sat., 8/12/17). Derby competitors ages 7-12 could practice tying knots and casting at the Mangilao Mayor’s Softball Field. Thirty seven children competed in the derby, where they vied for prizes in the following categories: most fish, longest fish, and longest pulonnen (triggerfish). A collaboration with the Department of Agriculture.
HITA MUSEUM TALKS: REALIZING THE SIGNIFICANCE OF WORLD WAR II UNDERWATER CULTURAL HERITAGE IN THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION SYMPOSIUM (Sat., 7/22/17). Maritime archaeologists, conservators, educators, and resource managers from Palau, the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, and California gave 20 to 30-minute presentations on underwater heritage management, 3-D photogrammetry, cannon conservation, artificial reefs, and World War II sites in Chuuk and Guam. Sponsored by the Guam Museum.
KID’S JULY SALTWATER FISHING CLINIC & DERBY (Sat., 7/8/17 and Sat., 7/15/17). Derby competitors ages 7-12 could practice tying knots and casting at the Mangilao Mayor’s Softball Field. Thirty children competed in the derby, where they vied for prizes in the following categories: most fish, longest fish, and longest pulonnen (triggerfish). A collaboration with the Department of Agriculture.
EPSCOR COLLOQUIUM: MICROBIAL DYNAMICS OF HAWAIIAN FISHPONDS (Thurs., 7/13/17). Dr. Kiana Frank, native of Kailua, Oahu, is an Assistant Professor in Pacific Biosciences Research Center at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She explained how Hawaiians have refined a fishpond aquaculture technique and how stories inform the development of scientific hypotheses. She also presented her research about how microbes influence the health and sustainability of Hawaii’s natural resources.
SNORKEL INTRO (Sat., 6/24/17). In the comfort of a calm swimming pool with safety pros, participants learned to defog a mask, breathe with a snorkel, and practice safe snorkeling. Sea Grant provided masks, snorkels, and fins.
KIDS’ FRESHWATER FISHING DERBY AND NATURE WALKS (Sat., 4/8/17). Derby competitors 5-16 years old were welcome to the Masso Reservoir for a day of fishing for ahgao and umatang. Other activities included guided walks to learn about the area’s native trees and plants for åmot (Chamorro medicine) and two stations where people could make their own hook/line fishing gear and learn about non-hook and line fishing set-ups. A collaboration with the Department of Agriculture.
SCIENCE SUNDAY: LIFE HISTORY PARAMETERS AND THE EVOLUTION GENETIC STATUS OF ANGUILLA MARMORATA FROM GUAM (Sun., 1/15/17). Sean Moran, a UOG graduate student in Biology and Sea Grant Fellow, researches life history and genetics of a Guam freshwater eel (Anguilla marmorata). Learn more about this species, which comprises a valuable island subsistence fishery. Sponsored by Guam Community Coral Reef Monitoring Program and National Park Service.
2016 Outreach Activities
NÅ’AN GUIHAN SIHA, OR CHAMORRO FISH I.D. (Sat., 11/19/16). This family-friendly workshop reviewed a brief history of Tomhom, scientific and Chamorro organism classification systems, and Chamorro names for animals found in the bay. Participants then played a special version of fish bingo to practice both their fish identification and Chamorro skills. (Flyer: UOGSG_Fish ID_111916)
K-12 OUTREACH: CREATING EFFECTIVE GUEST PRESENTATIONS (Mon., 10/3/16). Being an effective guest speaker in Guam’s public schools requires planning, practice, and a sense of adventure! This workshop convened a panel of committed, experienced teachers, representing schools from all over the island, who provided tips on how keep students inspired and engaged! (Flyer: UOGSG_K12_Outreach_Creating Effective Guest Presentations_100316)
MARITIME ARCHAEOLOGY: CULTURAL HERITAGE OF COMMUNITIES (Sat., 3/19/16). At this interactive workshop, participants learned about the field of maritime archaeology, the experience of doing underwater research, and about local shipwreck and fish weir (trap) sites. The workshop ended with attendees practicing two research techniques on land, just like ones archaeologists use. (Flyer: UOGSG_Maritime Archaeology_031916)
SCIENCE SUNDAY: ENDOLITHIC ALGAE, WHAT’S ON THE INSIDE COUNTS (Sun., 2/21/16). Endolithic algae are organisms that live inside the skeletons of live and dead corals. Adrian Kense, a graduate student at UOG’s Marine Lab and Sea Grant Fellow, researches the diversity of these microscopic algal communities using environmental DNA sequencing. Learn more about endolithic algae and why they’re important for our coral reefs. Sponsored by Guam Community Coral Reef Monitoring Program and National Park Service. (Flyer: UOGSG_Science Sunday_Endolithic Algae_022116 and the presentation hand-out: UOGSG_Kense_Boring algae are not so boring_2016 )
TIDES: THE SCIENCE AND CULTURAL IMPACTS OF WAVES (Sat., 2/6/16). As island residents, tides affect what we do and how we live on the coastline. Historically, tides have been integral to Chamorro culture and its changes over time. At this interactive workshop, participants learned about what causes tides, how to read tide charts and therefore improve personal water safety, and how Chamorro people have been affected by and use the tides. (Flyer here: UOGSG Tides_Science and Culture_020616)
UOG Sea Grant is an active collaborator with the Guam Nature Alliance, a group of governmental and nongovernmental representatives who coordinate activities that enhance public knowledge about Guam’s natural resources. These activities are usually free or very low cost; sometimes transportation is provided to locations. For more information about upcoming activities, check out the Guam Nature Alliance Facebook page here. You do not have to be a Facebook member to look at the page.
Among its many diverse members, the Guam Nature Alliance includes representatives from the Guam Department of Agriculture, the Bureau of Statistics and Plans, Guam Environmental Protection Agency, Guam Waterworks Authority, and the Guam office for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.