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Collecting Data to Help Protect the Health of Casco Bay

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See sea critters and our Cage of Science

August 24, 2018

Watch this short video about the Cage of Science! You may know that Friends of Casco Bay’s Continuous Monitoring Station—AKA our “Cage of Science”—gives us vital data about the health of the Bay. But did you also know that observations of what sea life is growing on and hanging out… Read more

Help us see the Bay in a New Way

August 8, 2018

As you may know, Friends of Casco Bay has joined a worldwide effort to better understand how our waters may be changing—by observing water color. Since we launched our Color by Numbers pilot project three months ago, 178 of you have signed up to measure the color of Casco Bay. The map of Casco Bay… Read more

Spring Blooms in Casco Bay

June 26, 2018

What signs tell you that spring has arrived? Grass turning green? A robin in your yard? Ospreys returning to their nests? What about huge blooms of phytoplankton in Casco Bay? The chlorophyll fluorescence measurements in the graph above were recorded by our Continuous Monitoring Station, which has been in place… Read more

Plastics Pollution in Casco Bay

March 29, 2018

The good news is that fewer discarded plastic bags have been showing up in our coastal cleanups lately; however, plastic litter we cannot see continues to worry us. As the group that protects the health of our coastal waters, Friends of Casco Bay felt it was our duty to see… Read more

Spring starts early in Casco Bay!

February 15, 2018

  It may be hard to believe if you have spent any time outside this chilly winter, but spring likely has sprung in the waters of Casco Bay. By January, the lengthening daylight has jumpstarted the growth of phytoplankton, the single-celled plants that are the foundation of the ocean food… Read more

Your eyes on the Bay–new directions in citizen science

January 26, 2018

Casco Bay, like ocean waters around the world, is changing and changing quickly. We are evolving our water quality monitoring to stay on top of the science of how the Bay may be changing. At our Volunteer Appreciation Celebration this week [click here for photos!], we announced that we are launching… Read more