Calendar of Events

2021

January 5 - VIRTUAL Student Film Competition Deadline.  2021 theme #FreshWaterIs.  Selected films will be screened at the virtual Thunder Bay International Film Festival. Top three scoring films will be awarded prizes from the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

January 19 - VIRTUAL The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council will meet at 6:00pm. For more information contact the Sanctuary Advisory Council coordinator at jean.prevo@noaa.gov.

January 20-31 - VIRTUAL Thunder Bay International Film Festival. Join us for a selection of Great Lakes and ocean films, and special programs! For more information, contact the festival coordinator at steph.gandulla@noaa.gov.

January 29 - VIRTUAL Rackham Graduate School Museum Studies Program University of Michigan's Brown Bag Lecture Series: Our National Marine Sanctuaries, Protecting America's Underwater Treasures: A Survey of Michigan's Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve. 12:00 - 1:00 pm.  View the video archive of the event.

March 18 - VIRTUAL National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series - Women Making History - Jennifer Idol
In celebration of Women's History Month, Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is pleased to host Jennifer Idol, underwater photographer, videographer, and author of An american Immersion, documenting her quest to become the first woman to dive 50 states. Idol will present her work and show how visual storytelling can connect people to the natural world so they can experience its wonders.

March 25 - VIRTUAL National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series - Women Making History - Women Making History - Alexandra Ros
In celebration of Women's History Month, Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is pleased to host Alexandra Rose, science editor for Ocean Geographic Magazine, Managing Editor for Ocean Geographic Explorers, and founder of the Blue Ring ocean conservancy company, as she discusses her ocean exploration experiences, advocacy, and marking the 40th anniversary of women being accepted in the Explorers Club, an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to exploration, founded in 1904.

April 20 - The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council will meet at 6:00pm. For more information contact the Sanctuary Advisory Council coordinator at jean.prevo@noaa.gov.

May - Postponed to 2022 Annual Great Lakes - Michigan Regional MATE ROV Competition.

May 29 - Get Into Your Sanctuary Photo Contest Opens!

June  - Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is teaming up with Ocean Exploration Trust to study natural and cultural resources in the Great Lakes.  The expedition will use cutting-edge technology to learn more about unexplored areas of northern Lake Huron.Click here to learn more, including about when there will be live broadcasts from the project.   Follow the sanctuary's Facebook page for posts and live broadcasts from the field.

June 15 - The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council meeting will be held at the Rogers City Marina on Tuesday, June 15 at 5:30pm.  For more information contact the Sanctuary Advisory Council coordinator at jean.prevo@noaa.gov.

August 2-8 - Get Into Your Sanctuary! Annual events across the National Marine Sanctuary System, full schedule of events here: sanctuaries.noaa.gov/visit/giys.html

August 5 - VIRTUAL 3pm ET, What's up down under? Discovering banks and seamounts in FIVE national marine sanctuaries, Cordell Bank, Olympic Coast, Thunder Bay, Stellwagen Bank, Flower Garden Banks national marine sanctuaries and Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument: sanctuaries.noaa.gov/visit/giys.html

September 6 - Get Into Your Sanctuary Photo Contest Deadline!

September 21 - VIRTUAL The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council will meet at 6:00 pm. Public comment will be taken at the end of the meeting. To join the meeting please use the following link: meet.google.com/uzu-itdb-ynz or by phone (US) +1 570-818-2140 PIN: 763094742#. For more information contact jean.prevo@noaa.gov.

September - VIRTUAL 2022 Student Film Competition is now OPEN, theme is #ScienceInTheSanctuary, entries may be submitted through January 4, 2022 at Bit.ly/2022sfc

October 19 - The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council will meet at 6:00pm. For more information contact the Sanctuary Advisory Council coordinator at jean.prevo@noaa.gov.

December 14 - The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council will meet at 6:00pm. For more information contact the Sanctuary Advisory Council coordinator at jean.prevo@noaa.gov.