The Orange County Natural History Lecture Series will present “A Look Inside the Mud of the Back Bay” from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 1.
Briana Madden, education director of the Orange County Coastkeeper group, will be the featured speaker.
“In the seemingly lifeless and gooey mud at the bottom of the bay lurks tons of living organisms,” according to an emailed invitation. “In this program we will do a sample mud grad and examine what we find in the microscopes in the teaching lab.”
Madden has coordinated Coastkeeper’s Watershed Education Program, WHALES, since its inception in 2005, the invitation states. Madden also is a guest scientist for the monthly Marine Life Survey at Newport Bay, where she tests water quality, leads the mud sampling station and educates citizens on the connection between urban runoff and health of bay marine life.
Kelvin Barwick, marine taxonomist for the OC Sanitation District, and expert in identifying marine invertebrates, also will be a featured speaker at the event.
The lecture will be held at the Back Bay Science Center at 600 Shellmaker Road. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. Space is limited, and reservations are required. To reserve a spot, email tidepools @ newportbeachca dot gov.