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Coffee Hour Lecture: Clash of Armor - The Battle of the Monitor and the Virginia
Dec
15
10:30 AM10:30

Coffee Hour Lecture: Clash of Armor - The Battle of the Monitor and the Virginia

Speaker: Mariner's Museum Staff
Cost: FREE. Registration Strongly Recommended. (appropriate for ages 10 to adult).

The development of ironclad ships during the American Civil War was a technological advance that would forever change the face of naval warfare. Using artifacts from the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia, Mariner's Museum teachers will introduce students to the development of ironclad ships and history’s first ironclad-to-ironclad combat. Students will also be introduced to the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and discover how the wreck site is being excavated and artifacts are being recovered and conserved at The Mariners’ Museum. 

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Nov
17
10:30 AM10:30

Coffee Hour Lecture: Implications of Climate Change on Red Knots Using Virginia Barrier Island Stopover Habitat

Speaker: Erin Heller. Cost: Free.

Erin Heller is a third year PhD student in Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech. Her dissertation research focuses on a threatened migratory shorebird species called the red knot (Calidris canutus rufa) that stops-over along Virginia's barrier islands.

Red knots were listed as federally-threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 2015 after experiencing an 80% population decline. Because red knots are long distance migrants, travelling upwards of 15,000 km twice/year from wintering to breeding grounds and back, numerous factors across continents may have contributed to this decline. Erin will discuss her research on what factors may limit red knots during their spring stopover along Virginia's barrier islands and why these limitations are important to the red knot's success.

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Coffee Hour Lecture: Blackbeard the Pirate
Oct
20
10:30 PM22:30

Coffee Hour Lecture: Blackbeard the Pirate

Presenter: Ben Cherry

Cost: FREE. Registration strongly recommended.

Relive the 17th and 18th centuries with and infamous pirate. Blackbeard the Pirate is brought to life in this special performance by Ben Cherry. Through his research, costumes and authentic props, he gives a spellbinding rendition of this famous pirate's life. It's historic fun. Appropriate for all ages. 

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Apr
29
9:00 AM09:00

Small Composting Workshop

Instructor/Coordinator: Ursula Deitch, Northampton County Ag Extension Agent. 

Virginia Cooperative Extension/Virginia Tech will be hosting this day-long workshop at the Barrier Island Center. It is geared towards small farmers, back yard “farmers”, and Master Gardeners who want to learn the science behind composting, composting methods, stages of composting, and how to improve your compost piles efficiency.  Portions of this workshop will be held outside so dress accordingly.  Lunch will be provided.  Please contact Ursula Deitch, Northampton County Ag Extension Agent at ursula@vt.edu or 757-678-7946 ext. 25 for information and registration. 

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