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Drop-in Local Nature Lecture Series


Join us for a series of eye-opening talks by Park System Naturalists to discover what’s lurking in or near the coastal waters of Monmouth County. The presentations are designed to inform the public of current issues, ecology and science research, and to inspire appreciation for the local natural world. All programs are free and will take place at the Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, located along Sandy Hook Bay in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown Township. Thursday, June 21 7:00–8:00 PM Sharks and Shark Bites. Monmouth County is home to many different species of sharks: great white, mako, blue and thresher to name just a few. It’s also home to the legendary shark attacks of 1916 that inspired the movie "Jaws". As we enter summer, this talk will get into the history and ecology of local sharks as well as why they are important to protect. Not to be missed by any shark enthusiast! Thursday, August 23, 7:00–8:00pm Striped Bass: Scales and Tales of a Favorite Fish. Over the years, many people have caught a striped bass, but what do people really know about this popular fish. Join us for an enlightening and fun-filled program on the history and ecology of striped bass, the myths surrounding them and their importance to our local aquatic environment. What do they eat, who eats them, and where do the bass go for the winter. It will be a fascinating time!