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Dolphin Talk

    The Newsletter of the Texas Marine Education Association

    Dolphin Talk

    September 2008

    Fall TMEA Workshop- SIGN UP NOW!

    IT’S TIME TO SIGN UP for the September 27-28, 2008 TMEA Wetlands Workshop

    in Rockport!!! Look on page 2 for information and fill out the registration form at

    Exploring the Coastal Wetlands of Texas.

IT’S ALSO TIME TO VOTE for the 2008/2009 TMEA officers. The ballot is on page 10.

    CAST is November 6-8th in Fort Worth. TMEA will make a strong presence again this year with a great fossil fieldtrip led by Mark Stamp and a full complement of workshops

    in the TMEA Strand. Check out a partial list of the workshops being offered on page 4.

    Registration is now open. Make your

    hotel reservations early.

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    Reserve Your Housing Today The online housing request system is available using the

    Passkey Reservations System. Please follow the link to enter

    our online housing system and continue to check back for

    conference updates. Rooms are filling up quick, so reserve

    your spot before they're gone! Inside This Issue Page Exploring Wetlands Workshop ................................................. 2

    Highlights of NMEA Savannah 2008 ....................................... 3

    Hoodies Are Back/Get Ready For CAST! ................................ 4

    Treasures of the Bay Workshop................................................ 5

    Garbology 101 .......................................................................... 6

    NMEA/TMEA Officer Information.......................................... 8

    TMEA Officer Ballot ............................................................... 10 Gina Disteldorf shows off the fish Wetlands Workshop Registration Form .................................. 11 print she made at the “Treasures” Membership Application ......................................................... 12 Workshop. See page 5

    Exploring the Coastal Wetlands of Texas

    and Tour of the Wetlands Education Center

    at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Port Aransas, Texas

    Sponsored by Texas Marine Education Association

    Hosted by Aquatic Education Program at TAMU-Corpus Christi’s

    Center for Coastal Studies and UTMSI-MANERR

    September 26-28, 2008 Workshop

What are wetlands? How do they benefit our bays? Why are the coastal wetlands of Texas so special and

    unique? What are the organisms of the wetlands and how do they interact? Join Jay Tarkington, Director of

    the Aquatic Education Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Center for Coastal Studies and TMEA as we cruise Aransas Bay aboard the 36 foot Ed Rachal R/V Wetland Explorer! Learn about the

    unique creatures of the wetlands during the September 27-28, 2008 workshop. Lunch will be provided and

    then we’ll take a much closer look at the wetlands in a kayak. Afterwards, join us for a social and shrimp

    boil on the motel grounds.

Sunday we will drive to Port Aransas and tour the newly completed Wetland Education Center at UTMSI

    and pick up draft activities, ranging from lower elementary to high school.

    Participants will receive 8 hours continuing education credit from the TX State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC), applicable toward maintaining teaching certification in Texas.

Friday evening - September 26, 2008: Weekend begins in Fulton/Rockport. Dinner on your own.

    Tentative TMEA Business Meeting Time and Location TBA

    Saturday - September 27, 2008

    Complimentary full breakfast- with your motel room 8:30 12:00 Boat trip on Aransas Bay to sea grass beds.

    12:30 - 1:30 Lunch provided

    2:30 Kayak Trip Location TBA

    5:30 Social

    6:30 Shrimp Boil

Sunday - September 28, 2008

    Complimentary full breakfast- with your motel room 8:30- Catch the ferry to Port Aransas

    9.00- Tour of new Wetlands Education Center UTMSI, Port Aransas

    12:00- Workshop Ends- Have a safe trip home

    Registration is limited to 30 participants, so register early! Reg. Fee -$25 for current members (check your renewal date) or $35 for new or renewing members.

Motel information: Rockport Best Western, Inn by the Bay, 3902 North Highway 35, Fulton, TX

    78358. Samantha Dorman, General Manager.Phone: 361-726-8351, Reservations-1-800-235-6076, Fax-361-729-09. Rooms are $80.00/night + tax. TMEA has reserved 20 rooms that are mostly double queens, with some kings. More rooms may be available, but get your reservations early. When you make your

    reservations, mention you’re attending the TMEA/UT MarineScience Institute Workshop. Fill out the Registration form on page 11, or download from our web page. For More Info: email

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     TMEA at NMEA in Savannah, Georgia

    by John Williams

    The NMEA meeting was a great experience: Savannah, Georgia hosted this year’s event titled “One World One Water: United in Marine Education.” The salt marshes of Georgia are truly magnificent. The pine forests, within steps of the salt marsh with fiddler crabs crawling around the pine

    leaves, makes an impression on someone from the Texas coast. Watching the massive container ships cruise

    up and down the Savannah River was amazing - no matter how many times we saw it throughout the week.

    About a dozen of us from Texas made the trip. I met many new friends and colleagues at sessions and

    evening events (that sometimes lasted till the early mornings!) One of most memorable events was the

    moving lecture by Southern author Janisse Ray (Wild Card Quilt-The Ecology of Home). I look forward to reading her book, but I am afraid that it will not compare to hearing it from her own voice. The Skidaway

    Island Soiree to the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium was a remarkable experience of great

    Georgia wild shrimp, pine tree nature trails, salt marsh vistas, aquarium tours and visiting with friends. This

    was my first NMEA meeting to sit in for Pam Stryker as the TMEA representative and afforded me the

    opportunity to meet the leaders of this organization. Each one of them is inspiring in their own world, but

    together they are a great force for this ocean planet.

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    TMEA was well represented by: Front row, l-r: Julie Massey, Kris Shipman, Auburn Carpenter, Bob Stewart, Shelley DuPuy, Donna Younger, Willie Younger, and Mary Ann Janak. Back row:

    John P. O’Connell, John Williams, Debra Slade-Redden, and Rick Tinnin.

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    The Hoodies Are Back! The Hoodies Are Back!

    Did you miss out on getting a TMEA hoodie last year? Have you lost yours?

    Is it all yucky after mucking in the wetlands?

    Hoodies Are Back! We’re reordering hoodies that are just right for Texas winters. The newest hoodies are black with silver letters on the TMEA logo just check out

    Susie, but envision the color is black.

If you would like a new hoodie, we’re taking orders and

    may have the jackets for our September workshop in

    Rockport cost is $25: S, M, L, XL, XXL. You’ll definitely

    need them for CAST in November in Ft. Worth!

    th.We will order hoodies for those who send in their orders by September 15

    Or, you can buy them from the TMEA booth at CAST. Please email with your quantity and sizes.

    thIt’s Time to Get Ready for CAST, November 6-8 in Fort Worth!

When your register for CAST keep the following tentative TMEA STRAND

    workshops in mind. Below is the information with the order and presentation days.

    The details of the times are still being worked out by the CAST

    planning committee. TMEA really appreciates these members for agreeing to present

    in the TMEA Strand.

    Friday- Nov. 7

    Exploring Salinity in the Salty Sea by Pam Stryker and Susie Parkinson ID 728

    A SWaMP in your classroom? On-Line water quality data/activities at the NERR - John

    Williams and Rick Tinnin ID 575

    The Wetlands Education Center: Outreach programs in a created wetland - Rick Tinnin and

    John Williams ID 736

    Saturday Nov. 8

    Beach “Stuff” By Marolyn Smith ID 764

    Good-Bad Bugs By Greg McDonald and Gina Disteldorf

    And be sure to check out Mark Stamps’ Marine Fossils Fieldtrip

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    Treasures of the Bay Workshop

    by Nathan Veatch

    Galveston area TMEA members helped host 13 area teachers for a four-day workshop based on the training class model used for the Galveston Bay Area Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists. The teachers

    visited several area habitats with local naturalists and received information, activities and materials that they

    will use in their classrooms. Among the attendees was TMEA member and CAST workshop presenter,

    Gina Disteldorf. TMEA members that presented during the workshop were: Steve Alexander, Julie Massey,

    Emmeline Dodd, Frank Budny, Bill Ashby, and Nathan Veatch. Dick Benoit, hawk and prairie naturalist,

    made a presentation on coastal prairies. Assisting with the workshop were TMEA members Sara Snell,

    Ellen Gerloff, Mel Measeles and Shirley Foster.

The workshop opened with a study of prairies and fresh

    water habitats at Armand Bayou Nature Center. The day

    was spent in grass identification, making a microcosm,

    and seed ball making. On Day 2, the group visited the

    Texas City Dike for a close up examination of the Jetty

    and Groin Habitat and a catch and release shell

    collection. The day ended with power point

    presentations on

    insects and plankton at

    at the College of the

    Mainland. Day 3 was

    spent at Galveston

    Island State Park

    observing the food

    webs of the marsh,

    bay waters, beach, and Dick Benoit helps the teachers Gulf intertidal zone. construct a microcosm of freshwater Day 4 completed the plants and animals at Armand Bayou workshop at TAMUG Nature Center. with fish anatomy, fish

    printing, and squid dissection. The workshop concluded with a shrimp

    boil/squid fry in an open-air pavilion on the shores of West Bay.

    Teachers received SBEC continuing education credits, The

    Beachcomber’s Guide to the Gulf Coast Marine Life, a “Half Moon”

    aquarium and copies of several labs.

    Most of the presenters were TMEA members, who also are members of Steve Alexander stands amid GBAC Texas Master Naturalists, and Friends of Galveston Island State thousands of striped hermit Park. The workshop was partially funded with a grant from the Texas crabs on the Texas City Dike as Master Naturalists and sponsored by the GBAC-TMN and the Texas part of the Jetty and Groins AgriLife Extension Service. This workshop will be offered again, Habitat Fieldtrip. probably in the third week of June 2009 and may be five days instead of the four day workshop offered this year. If you live in commuting distance, you may be interested in

    signing up for this workshop.

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    by Diane Humes

    Excavation of shell middens has told detractors. They will require strict adherence to archaeologists a lot about the lives of Native highest standards of pollution control and Americans living along the Gulf Coast, including monitoring, ash disposal, and need the highest what they ate, what tools they used, what their standards of operator training to be acceptable to society was like. Similarly, the modern landfill most people. will give future archaeologists a lot to ponder. Litter is garbage “out of place.” When One of the earliest and largest, the Fresh Kills Lady Bird Johnson campaigned for national landfill in New York City, is an archaeological beautification, the average number of littered treasure trove of artifacts from the most advanced objects along an average mile of U.S. highway civilization on our planet. It is also the largest was 3,279, mostly beverage containers. Statistics man-made structure in the world -- twenty-five such as this led 11 states to enact “bottle bill” times the size of the Great Pyramid of Khufu in legislation. Consumers pay a deposit on specified Giza and forty times larger than the Temple of the beverage purchases; beverage distributors are Sun at Teotihuacan. required to accept returned containers and refund

    The modern landfill is the commonest the deposit. These programs are highly successful method used for disposal of trash. Another in reducing litter. However, large beverage method is incineration, used since the late 1800’s companies generally are opposed to them. They as an alternative to open dumps. Incinerators have taken two approaches: lobbying and produced foul odors, noxious gases, and gritty advertising AND opening up recycling centers in smoke. But, they did get rid of garbage, except most states not having a bottle bill. The result has for the 5 to 15% ash residue that required disposal. been increased recycling, especially aluminum Incineration was widely used until passage of the cans. Almost 60% of all aluminum cans are now Air Quality Act in 1967 and then the Clean Air recycled. Act of 1970. The city of Houston relied on 8 Recycling aluminum is highly economical incinerators to handle solid waste from 1916 until compared to its production from raw materials. 1975. The system was cheap, but belched ash and Therefore, a ready and lucrative market exists for fumes into the air of the mostly poor, non-white recycled aluminum. Finding markets for other neighborhoods in which they were situated. recyclables is often difficult. But, consider that a

    Incinerators were finally abandoned as Houston resource is not actually recycled until it is also converted to landfills for its solid waste disposal; reused. So, in order to truly reduce waste, we the Westpark Recycling facility is located on the must create the markets. We must buy recycled

    site of a former “crematory.” Landfills are products. important; the Houston-Galveston area generates Consider Great Britain, which is the 4.5 million tons of waste each year. world’s largest wine importer, but has no market

    A modern resource-recovery (“waste to for green glass, as its bottling industry mostly energy”) facility is another option for waste uses clear glass. What to do with all those wine disposal, especially in areas where landfills are bottles? One solution is for wine to be shipped to unfeasible. Solid waste is mechanically sorted Britain in 24,000-liter containers and bottled there, and all combustibles are processed for use as fuel saving shipping costs by 40% and reducing the for power companies. Resource-recovery amount of imported green glass. Still, most facilities may burn the refuse for power recycling programs are not financially self-generation. Modern plants are sophisticated and sustaining; resource separation and collection is mostly safe, compared to old incinerators and may expensive. San Francisco’s resource recycling be a significant factor in waste disposal in the plant cost $38 million.future. However, they are not without their

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    Although recycling began in an effort to never be allowed to leach out. Money is a great reduce litter, it is now seen as a way to reduce use behavioral incentive. The city of Seattle reduced of natural resources, reduce volume in landfills, its landfill volume and increased recycling by and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Metals and charging more for excess trash and making glass can be recycled almost indefinitely; paper recycling free. Composting yard waste and most can be recycled about 6 times before its fibers are food and recycling all paper will greatly reduce too short to be useful. Plastics can be reused, but landfill volume. Hazardous products need to be must be separated into their many different types. used properly and completely before discarding

    Many plastic products are difficult to dismantle the containers. We must create markets for and reuse. Recycling aluminum results in a 95% recycled products and be willing to buy them. energy savings, steel 60% savings, paper 40%, Throughout civilization great waste and 30% for glass. generation has been a sign of economic and social

    This leads us to source reduction use vitality. Consider ancient Nineveh and other sites less stuff - the preventive medicine of garbology. in Iraq from which archaeologists have found Source reduction implies the end of “planned heaps of ceramic bowls, piled by the thousands obsolescence,” longer product lives, less like shells in a coastal midden, unbroken, packaging. These goals turn out to be less simple apparently designed for a single use at a single than supposed. Constant innovation and site. Is it possible that these Uruk bowls from technological improvement provides us with more 3300 B.C. are the first single-serving fast food efficient, advantageous products (do you really take-out containers? We can learn more than we want to drive that old gas guzzler?) Packaging could imagine from the study of garbage! serves many purposes deters theft, protects product, prevents tampering, protects health.

    Some believe that good design should plan for an

    object’s eventual disposal before it is constructed.

    But, the Garbage Project concluded that the

    American waste stream is an incredibly complex

    system, consisting of threads of trash, energy,

    recycling, toxics, economics, politics, the

    environment, and the interconnected individual

    lives of all 250 million of us and we all resist


    Some general conclusions can be drawn

    from the study of garbology. There is no one solution to managing waste; all current options - landfills, resource recovery, recycling, and source It’s not exciting, but sure is important. reduction - have advantages and disadvantages; all are expensive and all may be necessary. There is no garbage crisis except that of NIMBY. Landfills contain all manner of toxics that must


    Melosi, Martin V. and Joseph A. Pratt. eds. Energy Metropolis: An Environmental History of Houston and

     the Gulf Coast. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007.

    Rathje, William and Cullen Murphy. Rubbish! The Archaeology of Garbage. Tucson: The University of

     Arizona Press, 2001.

    “The Truth About Recycling.” The Economist: Technology Quarterly, June 7, 2007.

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    Visit our website and take links to: The National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) and to The Bridge

TMEA is an affiliate of NMEA and many of our members attend the conferences held in

    July. The next NMEA conference will be held NMEA in Monterey Bay, CA, on June 29-

    July 3, 2009.With lectures from world-renowned experts, fieldtrips with the host chapter to the best

    places, and socials that give you an opportunity to enjoy new and old friends, this NMEA experience is not to be missed! Take the button on the TMEA web page to find out more about the Monterey Bay conference.


    President Mark Stamp

    President-Elect Trish Lowe

    Past-President John Williams

    Secretary Jill Veatch

    Treasurer Luz Tellez

    NMEA Chapter Rep Pam Stryker

    Web Master Roger Stryker

    Dolphin Talk Nathan Veatch, Editor Jill Veatch, Proofreader

?Do you have marine-related news or classroom activities that you are

    willing to share with other marine educators? Would you like to make

    comments or suggestions for improving the Dolphin Talk or TMEA? This is a joint effort, let us hear from you!?

    Deadline for Articles Publication Dates

     February 15 March 1

     May 15 June 1

     August 1 August 15

     December 1 December 15

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Biographies of TMEA Officer Nominees for 2008-2009


Trish Lowe was President-Elect in 2007-2008 and assumes the office of President.


Marolyn Smith retired from teaching in 2007 after teaching fourth grade in elementary school for 25 years.

    She took the two week MARE leader (Marine Activities, Resources and Education) course from Rick Tinnin at UTMSI and then went to California for their training at Lawrence Hall of Science. Marolyn then became active in TMEA and enjoyed networking with members while conducting overnight environmental thfieldtrips to Port Aransas with her 4 grade students for 10 years. She has completed training as a Project

    WILD and Project Aquatic facilitator, Project Learning Tree facilitator, and is a GLOBE teacher. Marolyn has completed the two weeks Project COAST training at JL Scott Marine Institute in Mississippi and took part in Project COSEE (Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence) at UTMSI. She also was participant in the Flower Gardens Teacher Dive training. She spent two weeks in Japan as a Fulbright Memorial Fund recipient studying about their educational system. Marolyn was most pleased to receive TMEA's 2007 Texas Marine Educator of the Year! She loves nature and traveling especially. She grew up on a lake in Kansas City and spent the majority of her time outdoors swimming, sailing, skiing, fishing, hiking, and riding her horse. She has had many pets: a skunk, cats, dogs, horses, a 6' iguana, and a parrot named Rio. She is a grandmother of six with ages ranging from 11 years old to 6 months. Marolyn is looking forward to going to Singapore in November for five weeks!


Luz Tellez taught Earth Science for 31 years and Marine Science for 10 years in Alice, TX. Since retiring

    in 2000, Luz still works for Alice ISD in various capacities: serving as Test Administrator for the district and in the athletic business office. He is also an Atmospheric and Oceanographic educational consultant. He received training at The Naval Academy in Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences and National Weather Service in Kansas City, MO. He is currently a member of National Science Teachers Association, National Marine Educators Association, Texas Science Teachers Association and Texas Marine Education Association and he has also joined TRTA (Texas Retired Teachers Association). He is currently actively involved in politics that serve to protect the environment. Luz has held the office of Treasurer for the last 19 years.

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