Exhibit Resources for Volunteers and others


Docenting Basics

Ocean Literacy
NOAA Marine Life: Education

Aquarium Nearshore Habitat exhibit panels
Pinto Nursery exhibit signage

Special Exhibit: Bull Kelp - Our Remarkable Underwater Forests
Kelp Resources for Interpreters
Docent Content: Kelp Forest

The Salish Sea
Salish Sea Facts 
Docent Content: Salish Sea
Puget Sound Partnership
Geology: Building New Lands Along an Old Coast
Encyclopedia of Puget Sound

Habitats of the Salish Sea
Nearshore Habitat Lit Reviews
Aquarium Habitat Signage
     Interpretation Summary: Kelp Forest
     Kelp Resources for Interpreters
     Dept. of Natural Resources Eelgrass Monitoring Data Viewer

Marine Species Identification and Information
PTMSC Species Cards
Sculpin ID Guide - Gregory Jensen,  author of Crabs and Shrimp of the Pacific Coast
Forage Fish - WSU Shore Stewards
A Snail's Odyssey-  Literature review of research on invertebrates of the Salish Sea

Local Information
Crabbing Regulations for Admiralty Inlet
Port Townsend Tides from NOAA

Washington Native Peoples 
Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe

Northwest Treaty Tribes
Treaty Trail: WA State Historical Society
Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State (videos from Since Time Immemorial Curriculum/WA Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction/OSPI)

Current Issues:
Green Crabs
European Green Crab Fact Sheet - from Sea Grant
Crab ID guide - Identify European green crab and other common crabs of Washington 
Sea Grant Crab Team website

PTMSC Projects:
About science projects at PTMSC

Larval Dungeness Crab monitoring project
Pacific Northwest Crab Research Group
Dungeness Crab in the Salish Sea - Link to lecture video

Pinto abalone
Puget Sound Restoration Fund link to Pinto Abalone Recovery
Pinto Nursery exhibit signage
Pinto Abalone at PTMSC

SoundToxins - partnership with University of Washington, NOAA and Sea Grant

BEACH - Beach Environmental Assessment Communication & Health. Water sampling to check for swimming beach safety. 

Sea Star Wasting - Sea Star Wasting Brief

Marine Mammal Stranding Network - We are the area coordinators for marine mammal stranding response. 
MMSN NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region - Reporting numbers, Puget Sound responder map and other contact information

Protection Island Aquatic Reserve - Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Reserve Program. We coordinate the Citizen Stewardship Committee. 
DNR Stewardship Committee video

Orcas in the Salish Sea
Docent Content: Orcas in the Salish Sea
Future of Oceans Lecture series at PTMSC
Hostile Waters: Orcas in Peril (Seattle Times series/book) 

PTMSC Orca Project/Hope’s Story: 
The Stranding of CA189
Preparing Hope’s Skeleton

Other useful sources:
Listen for Orcas
PTMSC’s Orca Bone Atlas
Orca Network Whale Sighting List

Gray Whales in the Salish Sea
Docent Content: Gray Whales in the Salish Sea

General Biology:
Gray whale migration map 

Gray Whale info
Gray Whale Feeding Pits (Satellite Image) 

1999 PTMSC Gray Whale/Spirit’s Story:
Spirit the Gray Whale

Current Threats:
Current (2019) Gray Whale Stranding Event 

Other useful sources:
North Puget Sound Gray Whales (“Sounders”)

Climate Change resources: 
Frameworks Academy: Framing for Climate Interpreters (Online Course– Free)
Below are key links presented on 7.7.22 docent training
Heat Trapping Blanket
Communication ‘Traps’ in Ocean and Climate Change Communications
Explanatory Chains Brief and Checklist
Explanatory Chains Examples


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