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January 29, 2014

Salem Sound lecture series

MARBLEHEAD — There are 47 miles of coastline, more than 40 beaches and 14 islands from Marblehead to Manchester-by-the-Sea. They form the land border of Salem Sound, the huge body of water where the North Shore plays and works.

Beginning tonight, Abbot Public Library will host the first of four free lectures in a series, “Underwater in Salem Sound.”

Robert Buchsbaum, conservation scientist with Mass Audubon, will talk at 7 p.m. on the arctic birds that visit Salem Sound in winter.

On Feb. 26, Brad Hubeny, a professor of geologic sciences at Salem State University, will talk about “History Revealed by the Sea Floor.” On March 26, Mike Armstrong of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries will discuss the flounder decline and the impact of changing water temperatures on fish populations. The series will conclude April 30 with Barbara Warren, executive director of Salem Sound Coastwatch, taking a close look at shellfish beds in Salem Sound.

The series, held on the last Wednesdays of the month, is co-sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and Abbot Public Library and funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust.

For more information, contact Salem Sound Coastwatch at 978-741-7900 or by email info@salemsound.org.

Tom Dalton can be reached at tdalton@salemnews.com.

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