Dear SML Community,
Like you right now, I am looking for ways to connect to nature and community in meaningful ways as we shelter at home. One practice I have is to watch the
SML Appledore live webcam
. The island is just a click away.
As science has proven, the ocean has a tangible calming power - reminding us that below the turbulent waves lies a stable foundation that is (and has always been) there for us. Wanting to understand and care for the ocean is easily born out of these moments. Because ocean science and education is at the heart of SML, many of us are longing to get back to Appledore Island – to feel the salt air on our skin, sun in our face, and for those of us who love it, inhale the funky smell of a seabird colony… (ahhhhhh. Anyone with me here? Anyone?)
So here we all are, in a public health crisis, uncertain about what will happen next and when/if we will get to the island this summer.
We have charted out a Plan B that we hope will unfold in July
. This plan would enable us to offer most of our amazing courses and unique public programs and to support critical science (especially the incredibly valuable long-term research projects). We will only carry out this plan if public health scientists, our home institutions, and government agencies deem it safe to do so. Our guiding principle is and will always be the health of our community. We will keep you updated and will work with leadership at UNH and Cornell to decide about running Plan B by June 1.
In the meantime, let’s all be kind to ourselves and take care of our families, friends, community, and world. Stay strong and stay well. I’ll update you again soon.