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MBioKids (Self Funded Project)

Goal: Due to the ongoing pandemic emergency we are still forced to change our lifestyle habits day by day. This is a great occasion to keep going on with documentation and outreach mission, enforcing personal commitment in the spreading of OCEAN LITERACY especially amongst the youngest generations.

The outreach activities are developed through remote learning mode and partly implemented with fieldwork sessions essentially based on the observation of naturally beached organisms according to the borrowed rule of the perfect conscious diver "look but don't take anything away".
Additional contributions may come from citizen science side initiatives.

(This outreach project is SELF-FUNDED and partly supported by voluntary contribution of the participants).

Date: 1 January 2020

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Good memories and still great satisfactions from MBioKids Initiative.
Homeworks on "flashback" few months later the last fieldwork session of "MBioKids"
(Lorenzo. Age: 9)
 
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Articolo dedicato al Progetto "MBioKids" su iniziativa delle mamme dei piccoli partecipanti.
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Yesterday after about 20 months of activities the "MBiokids" Project came to its end. I'm extremely proud of these small aspiring marine biologists and I'm pretty sure they will be able to take care of the sea even better than us from now to the years to come.
The fieldwork sessions and the rough sea allowed us to approach also to the safety issue. After a practical activity aimed at contributing to the Reef Check Database section focused on MAC-E Protocol we observed some real Mediterranean bioconstructions due to the presence of Sabellaria spp.
We collected data through undestructive methods, as usual, but we learned also to put into practice the famous sentence "Few are those who can speak to the sea, and those few do not".
Few words on surface signaling, underwater communication and safe approach to the wet session according to the main safety standards recommended by the main diving agencies.
The guys attained also their awaited certificate of completion testifying their great commitment for the MBioKids activities: extremely proud of them and pretty sure they will be gorgeous ocean-keepers!
 
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The idiosyncratic course of the pandemic emergency still keeping us in this strange limbo, but in the meantime we are becoming skilled marine scientists. After a lot of work on sandy shores we are curious to discover the hard substrates and almost ready to wear our summer diving suit for direct observations and sampling sessions with undestructive methods.
Trying to imagine the rocky wall as a fictional skyscraper let's introduce the phytal system "from the attic to the ground floor" today we observed more closely the ROCKY HABITATS.
 
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The pandemic emergency is going to leave us a small chink, so rolled up sleeves and open gills: our outreach activity today has been focused on marine caves, from the more common and renowned marine habitats we moved toward more "extreme environments" in order to discover unusual lifestyle habits of some marine friends.
The theoretical session as usual has been followed by the fieldwork activity based on a very useful skill for aspiring and trained sea-goers.
Looking for vaccines and almost ready for the fieldwork session....be patient is not so far!! ;)
 
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English translation of the "Med Sea Life in a Warming World" Calendar. A self-financed publication born at the end of 2020 with a dissemination purpose trying to tell to a not-expert audience some of the main effects induced by the climate change on the most vulnerable marine ecosystems of the Mediterranean Sea, giving some insights on ongoing research approaches to cope with this issue from now on. Distributed under Creative Common Licence 4.0: CC-BY-NC-ND
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Today a brave "MBioKids" participant joined a field session and trying to wear his new drysuit launched its first nudibranch hunting campaign ... the lesson worked! :) Extremely proud of you!
Good luck for your next encounters.
 
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Upon express request keep going on with "cartoon idols" method and let's introduce another curious group to the young aspiring marine scientists.
 
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Bright eyes: when passions meet curiosity.
 
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Taking notes
 
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We thought we had finished the workshops together, but we are back by popular demand. This time another "animated" friend comes to our aid.
Unveiling the pitted world of Porifera
 
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Fieldwork session documenting some human-driven impacts
 
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Goodbye guys!! 2020 is over and also #MBioKids is come to its end. Despite the strange circumstances it has been a pleasure to work together and have fun with each one of you. See you soon with new initiatives, always to protect the sea and learn about its countless secrets yet to be discovered!
 
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A short story of twelve months to tell the main threats affecting the marine life of the Med Sea with a special focus on the main CC-related and human-driven impacts. CC BY-NC-ND
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Cutting the dead branches and saving the young leaves.
Tales of winter foliages and urban biodiversity, waiting for the next coastal outdoor session.
 
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From the shallow reefs to the deepest and darkest environments to discover the intriguing world of corals and which are the main CC related and human-driven threats affecting them.
Some tips on polyps and suspension feeders tales before moving on to the last winter activity of "MBioKids Project" decorating our ideal Med Sea-Christmas tree, leaving behind something we SURELY would not like to find among our gifts.
 
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Today is a happy day for MBioKids: Luca is the 30th participant of this project!!
He will join us learning something about seagrass epiphytes. Let's start the treasure hunt!
 
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Due to the ongoing pandemic emergency we are still forced to change our lifestyle habits day by day. This is a great occasion to keep going on with documentation and outreach mission, enforcing personal commitment in the spreading of OCEAN LITERACY and raising awareness of marine ecosystems relevance especially amongst the youngest generations. Despite the great efforts undertaken by the scientific community over the years to fill knowledge gaps, developing more cost-effective monitoring techniques and implementing proper conservation plans, the perception by the majority of people often remains limited and confined to a relationship due to a seasonal use and a rough knowledge of the marine and coastal ecosystems complexity. In order to reduce this too tangible distance between the "confined" research world and the huge number of users not directly involved in the study of marine ecosystems, this dissemination project is mainly aimed at primary school children but at the same time some practical activities will take place with the effective involvement of parents, in the attempt to bring them with their children to a more respectful and conscious relationship with the sea. The outreach activities of the "MBioKids Project" will be developed through remote learning mode and partly implemented with fieldwork sessions, essentially based on the exploration of some relevant coastal ecosystems.The main part will take place within the MaB Reserve "Circeo National Park", for instance through the direct observation of naturally beached organisms according to the borrowed rule of the perfect conscious diver "look but don't take anything away".
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From local to global trying to understand what climate change emergency means.
Wondering about life in a high CO2 sea: Riccardo’s interpretation through his artistic model organism and Lorenzo's ocean acidification "mimic experiment" in the background.
(Ph. M.Gaglioti with Riccardo's and Lorenzo's creative participation)
 
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Between lanterns & quills pentaradiate body plans and much more to discover.
(Stock images Ph: M.Gaglioti)
 
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Are you sure it's just sand?
Discovering something about the hidden world among the grains.
(Thanks mum Barbara for your pics)
 
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"Few are those who can speak to the sea, and those few do not"
Matter of currents and crossed waves. Some results from a short "physical oceanography" lab and a sailing lesson.
(Ph: M.Gaglioti & G.Marrone, with the friendly participation of the A.S.D. Gulliver young team)
 
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A latecomer from the last week by Emanuele (7 years)
 
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Let's go back to Med Sea and get acquainted with some shelled friends.
There is always a secret to discover after a storm.
Some ID games between "hidden shells" and more common valves.
(Ph: M.Gaglioti)
 
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Waiting for the storm to pass, keep going naturally beached organisms treasure hunt.
Today some tips come from molluscan world.
(Ph: A. Zygmunt; M.Gaglioti)
 
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When bottom-up approach works.
Tourism alongside institutions: sometimes it comes true!
Extremely proud of you guys and thanks mum Emanuela and dad Alessandro for pics and timely reporting.
(Stock images: Summer 2018 @ Aegadian Islands MPA- E.Guillard Ph)
 
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At the interface between cartoon idols and inspirational scientific background. Some time ashore looking for hermit crabs and other armored friends.
 
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Talking about the use of scientific diving techniques by marine scientists to perform work underwater in the direct pursuit of scientific knowledge.
(Leo's interpretation of the most fascinating aspect in the life of a marine biologist).
 
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Learning about "flagship species" concept and hints on some current conservation measures.
Sofia's conservation priorities and her interpretation of the SPA/BIO, CITES, 92/43/EEC measures objectives.
 
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Learning about tropical ecosystems and ecological roles of Chondrichthyes.
Besides the most renowned flagship species Lele's "flagship-to-be" choices.
 
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Learning about ecosystem services and some tips on Posidonia meadows.
Treasure hunt game: Beach litter vs Egagropyls
 
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Learning about the "tricky world" of taxonomy and how sometimes organisms ID can change over time. Looking for species and comparing between old and new reference guides.
 
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Due to the ongoing pandemic emergency we are still forced to change our lifestyle habits day by day. This is a great occasion to keep going on with documentation and outreach mission, enforcing personal commitment in the spreading of OCEAN LITERACY especially amongst the youngest generations.
The outreach activities are developed through remote learning mode and partly implemented with fieldwork sessions essentially based on the observation of naturally beached organisms according to the borrowed rule of the perfect conscious diver "look but don't take anything away".
Additional contributions may come from citizen science side initiatives.
(This outreach project is SELF-FUNDED and partly supported by voluntary contribution of the participants).