Resources: Marine Science and Conservation

The web puts an amazing array of tools at your fingertips for learning more about the world’s oceans. Here are a few of our favorite resources.

On December 9, 2011, NBCBayArea News aired a segment about climate change that includes an interview with former ranger Bob Breen at the reserve.

The KQED Quest web site has a wonderful video explaining how the pull of the moon creates high and low tides, complete with an animation, and a great blog post with beautiful photos explaining the geology underlying the reserve. While you’re there, check out the other amazing video, audio, and blogs that Quest provides. They focus on exploring science in the San Francisco Bay Area, and many of their stories center on the bay and ocean around us.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is almost as inspiring online as it is in person. Visit their site to view live webcam feeds of their exhibits, learn about ocean animals from albatrosses to zooplankton, and find out what you can do help preserve the health of our watery planet.

The Surfrider Foundation has an active San Mateo County chapter that sponsors beach cleanups, monitors water quality, and posts beach closures and warnings, among other activities.

The Pacifica Beach Coalition is dedicated to preserving coastal habitats and wildlife by ending litter on Pacifica’s beaches.

The Oceanic Society offers ways to get out on the water, including whale watching boats and tours of the Farallon Islands.

The Ocean Conservancy, formerly the Center of Marine Conservation, covers global marine conservation.