SnotBot (and the Kerr family) are heading to the UN as part World Ocean’s Day celebration. Amy writes, “Iain will be speaking to the UN General Assembly on Thursday about SnotBot for World Oceans Day, along with Sir Richard Branson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sylvia Earle and James Cameron, with music by Daft Punk! We’re making a family trip of it, so Dylan and I will be going along. We’ll try to remember to bring a GMG sticker. “
SnotBot goes to the UN!
Gloucester’s own Ocean Alliance will be part of the World Oceans Day celebration on June 8 at the Great Hall of the United Nations in New York City. Ocean Alliance CEO Dr. Iain Kerr will speak about the role of innovation and technology in ocean conservation and will introduce delegates to Ocean Alliance’s innovative research drone, SnotBot. Dr. Kerr will be one of many ocean advocates, including philanthropist Richard Branson, director James Cameron, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and oceanographer Sylvia Earle, who will be making presentations during the celebration along with a live feed from the International Space Station.
SnotBot is a customized drone that allows Ocean Alliance to collect behavioural and biological data (whale blow or snot) from whales noninvasively, without harming or disturbing the animals. Modified consumer drones have immense potential in marine mammal science and conservation, and Ocean Alliance’s SnotBot program has been at the very forefront of this new research paradigm, not only attaching petri dishes and sponges to drones to collect whale blow, but also attaching cameras and microphones to collect a broad spectrum of other valuable data.
The whale blow that SnotBot collects contains DNA, microbiomes, pregnancy hormones, stress hormones, and ketones. SnotBot’s video camera collects behavioural data and also provides stunning imagery.
For more information about the World Oceans Day program, Christina Caputo <firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about SnotBot and Ocean Alliance’s Drones for Whale Research program, visit http://www.whale.or/research/drones/ or call Dr Iain Kerr at 978-281-2814 x15 or email email@example.com.
Images courtesy Ocean Alliance website.
Amy writes, “Come to the Paint Factory this weekend to celebrate the creativity of teens at the “Selfie” art show. The show features portraits in pastel, colored pencil and charcoal of teens from Gloucester, Tyngsboro, Hudson, Bolton, Boxford, Littleton, and Acton. Play the Selfie Scavenger Hunt for your chance to win an 8×10 portrait of your choice!
See you there!
Amy and Daughter Dylan Kerr
A wonderful turnout for Amy Kerr’s exhibit at the Paint Factory! Her beautiful works are on display through this Sunday only.
Last night’s sunset over the Fort from the Paint Factory patio
In addition to the art show, come see the latest restoration work
at the Paint Factory, headquarters of Ocean Alliance,
including the Robotics Lab—home of “SnotBot.”
See you there!
Amy & Iain Kerr
Cat Ryan submits-
Cigarette butts are right up there as the most common and yucky litter. Gloucester offers a quick ride right into our ocean waters. We were required to clean our sidewalk daily in front of our business or be fined. Some smokers would flick one right in the midst of our dustpan and broom without missing a step.
Smoker trash is just an unfailing source of __________. You fill in the blank. There’s a big blind spot.
Business owners, employees, property owners, tenants: a lot of what we pick up downtown are piles of the same cigarette brand. Case in point:
Award for BUTT FIEND on Parsons goes to a proud Parliament smoker. Residents including kids are out here with gloves picking up your butts. We’re not talking the random passerby flick. We’re talking regular and routine breaks where you just sit there dropping.
Big shout out to Dan Leaman and Mike Carter today with Dan Leaman Landscaping. Thank you for coming back again to help with Parsons Street.
In life, look for the helpers. Donna Ardizzoni, Patty Amaral, and many volunteers –See Donna’s post for this Saturday’s clean up
Cat Ryan submits-
PUBLIC ART and more: mark your calendars! ESSEX HERITAGE TRAILS AND SAILS 2015 this weekend!
It’s coming! Here’s your annual chance to check out two weekends of 150+ FREE events throughout Essex County, September 18-20 and 25-27.
The schedule can change with new and wonderful additions, but as of today here are some public art and other highlights in Gloucester.
GLOUCESTER 2015 TRAILS AND SAILS events
Climb up City Hall Tower hosted by City Hall Restoration
Gloucester HarborWalk: three self-guided walking tours including some new selfie postcard fun for the mini trail mobile tour. Also new for 2015, the HarborWalk historic exhibit along Fisherman’s Wharf by Latitude 43.
City Hall murals Talking Walls guided talk and tour 1:15 on 9/19 and open 1-3 on Sunday 9/20 hosted by the Committee for the Arts
FISH NET and peek at Art Haven/Hive mural in progress on Parsons Street’s private building
Hopper’s Houses Walking Tour, Cape Ann Museum
Historic Art Trail Walk, Rocky Neck
Historic Ice House Tours, Cape Pond Ice
Maritime Gloucester and Schooner Adventure Family Games and Fun
Magnolia Library & Community Center’s
“It’s not a weed: food, medicine and magic of wild plants”
Tour of Babson Boulders in Dogtown
REI Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing
Andrew Butler and Crew
I only wish we had before photos but trust me when I say the weeds were waste high!
Thank you to Harbor Walk Friend and Volunteer Amy Kerr, who contacted Sean Nolan of Extreme Truck and Auto Repair, who got in touch with Andrew Butler of Leatherneck Landscaping. Sean, Andrew, and a crew member mowed, weed whacked and raked, despite the extreme heat and humidity. They did this on a volunteer basis, absolutely free of charge. Andrew and Sean plan to stop by several times a month to lend a hand and I just can’t tell you how grateful we are for the help.
Amy also reports that Sean and Andrew help greatly with many community clean ups around town.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, and ninety nine thank yous more, to Lynn Bird, Amy Kerr, Andrew Butler, and Sean Nolan for your tremendous help with the HarborWalk.
Sean Nolan Photos
Thank you Lynn Bird, Amy Kerr, Catherine Ryan, Charles and George for an awesome and fabulous job! We spent the morning weeding and getting the HarborWalk beds ready to plant butterfly attracting annuals. Lynn, Amy, and Catherine are just amazingly helpful and super hard workers. With special thanks to Charles and George for their enthusiasm and wonderfully positive attitude. The boys pitch right in and just really attack the worst of the oversized weeds–we especially enjoyed the funny names they’ve assigned the most offensive weeds, names such as tidy whities!
Gloucester HarborWalk Volunteers Lynn Bird, Amy Kerr, Catherine Ryan, George, and Charles
My hearfelt thanks to Lise Breen, Amy Kerr, and Leslie Heffron for all their fabulous hard work trimming, raking, sweeping, and removing tons of trash from the Gloucester HarborWalk Gardens. We finished more than half on Sunday!
The Friends of the HarborWalk will be back this coming Sunday, beginning at 9am. We’ll meet in front of the Gloucester House. Come lend a hand–its work, but fun with this growing great group of community-spirited friends. Everyone is welcome!
Please leave a comment in the comment section or feel free to contact me if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amy, Lise, and Leslie
Twenty one bags and counting!
Iain’s busy trying to get Ocean Alliance into the Paint Factory, so I
thought I would give you a quick update on what’s happening this fall,
because we’re close! As you can see in the photos, R.B. Strong Excavating
and Sewage Co. have put in a new septic line (the original drained into the
harbor!). The water main was broken, so that had to be dug up and fixed.
Building E, the smaller brick building, has a new roof made of recycled
plastic shingles, new triple glazed windows at a huge discount from Marvin
Windows, new gutters, skylights, wiring, and soon-to-be finished new
plumbing. We also have a new fence donated by Boston Fencing and a new
mailbox, meaning 32 Horton Street will be receiving mail for probably the
first time since the 1980’s. This is all after over a million dollars spent
on toxic cleanup of the site, which is ongoing. Geoffrey H. Richon, Co. has
done an amazing job, as always, overseeing the project. Many thanks to those
who have offered their support, and if you want to get involved and help us
reach our goal of moving in this fall you can go to our website
Amy Kerr and everyone at Ocean Alliance