You can restore the Ocean!


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Not many people see how they can help the planet in less than nine months! Brian Meux and the team of marine biologists and volunteer divers at Santa Monica Bay Keepers are helping the Planet and restoring our giant kelp forests. Taking an urchin barren back to a healthy kelp forest is amazing and the work that SMBK does is fantastic!

For my fourth grade science classes, we are using their classroom study of Island of the Blue Dolphins as an entry point to understanding food chains in our area. In the book, Karana has interactions with elephant seals, sea otters and devilfish.

Each student discovered cool facts from Sea Otter Bingo and made their own Sea Otter as origami. As fourth graders, they found the noises of the elephant seal a bit funny but interesting. They were amazed at the size of the creatures and their large six inch teeth; the video we saw of them fighting was a bit scary! The devilfish (octopus) amazed us and we learned about the giant Humboldt Squid as well.

Brian Meux from Santa Monica Bay Keepers came to explain the restoration of the Giant Kelp Forests here in Southern California. Divers move thousands of sea urchins and within five to twelve months in some areas in Palos Verdes and Escondido Beach in Malibu the health of the ecosystem and the Giant Kelp are restored.

long b4When the predators of the urchins (mainly the sea otter who were hunted to near extinction in the last century which is also discussed in the novel) were removed, the entire food chain is unbalanced and can lead to the destruction of the kelp, which is a habitat for 800 species. This real life food chain helped us to understand how fragile our ecosystems are and how we need to take care of them.

Santa Monica Bay Keepers and the volunteer divers in this program are doing great service to the ocean and all of us by helping to reestablish a healthy community under the sea.  If you are a certified diver, you can join in and help with this project. Learn more at Santa Monica Bay Keepers and help restore the giant kelp or join in one of their other amazing projects!long after

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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.

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