I love to scuba dive!


Mrs. Kablik

“When we try to pick out one thing by itself we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” JohnMuir

I am Mrs. Kablik, the Elementary Science Specialist for Concord Public Schools. If you attend or attended CPS over the past seven years you have seen me around! I am the teacher that works along side the other K-5 teachers to deliver the science program. I will be posting information regarding several citizen science projects that the different grades are participating in as well as links that lead  to resources pertaining to citizen science and the elementary science curriculum.

This year marks the fourth year that CPS’s 4th grade students will be participating in our local Headstarting Blanding’s Turtles Project. This year third grade students in Mrs. Gallagher’s class will be piloting Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Birslueths project. Other projects include World Water Monitoring Day (grade 5), and Project Budburst (grade 2). Keep checking back to find out what how each project is progressing.

Not only do I support teachers and students participating in citizen science projects, I too am a life long student and try to participate in a few citizen science projects as well. This past May I had an adventure of a lifetime and was able to participate in whale shark research in the Sea of Cortez!I have always loved the ocean and studied marine science as an undergraduate and graduate student. I became very interested in research as well as educating others about our water planet. As a marine educator I had opportunities to work at aquariums and various research facilities on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. I was afforded amazing opportunities to sit down with some of the world’s top scientists in the field. I worked with Dr. Robert Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic, in order to develop teacher workshops for his JASON program. I also co-taught a children’s workshop with the Shark Lady, Dr. Eugenie Clark. So when I heard about an opportunity for teachers to participate in real field research of their choice I decided to investigate this further. Who knew that I too would be traveling to far off places and having the adventure of a lifetime! I also did not realize how much my love of adventure would be rekindled so you might want to check back often to see what other far off places I have visited or will be visiting. Find out more about my adventure in the Sea of Cortez by clicking the following link:

Searching for Whale Sharks 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at dkablik@colonial.net.

“Aquarium of the World”

Jacques Cousteau called the Sea of Cortez the “aquarium of the world” because of the large number of indigenous (native) marine animals found there, and it truly is. Everyday we encountered a multitude of various species including: garden eels, moray eels, squirrel fish, parrot fish, basket stars, sea lions, nudibranchs, mobulas, electric stingrays, dolphins, whales, and one whale shark!

The Flying Mobulas of the Sea Cortez. Mobulas are often mistaken for Giant Manta Rays. Mobulas are smaller than mantas and very little is known about these fish. Everyday we saw so many mobula and I never tired of watching their amazing ability to “fly” out of the water.
Espiritu Santos Island, home of this colony of California Sea Lions. The size of the colony is estimated to be around 400 individuals.
That’s me with the yellow fins. Notice the sea lions to the right of me. These sea lions are known to be curious and love to swim up to divers than dash away.


electric stingray

The Sea of Cortez comes alive at night.

Being surrounded by so much beauty and bounty it is hard to believe that you can find evidence of human impact in an area that seems so isolated from the rest of the world. As I watched the sea lions carry out their displays of dominance and courtship I kept wondering what the Sea of Cortez and our water planet would be like for future generations. Would the marine life be as spectacular and plentiful above and below the surface of the water? Would future generations do a better job of taking care of the treasures that were put in our charge? Will the citizens of the future heed to the messages our planet is sending us? Fortunately we have the tools, technologies, and capabilities to better understand how we are connected to our oceans and the rest of the planet. I also believe that everyone is a global citizen and we all can become stewards for the environment. No matter how great or small an act is each one of us can make a difference everyday to restore the health of our Earth.

Check out my photo stream for more pictures and videos of  the diversity of marine life that can be found in the Sea of Cortez.

Searching for Whale sharks in the Sea of Cortez

I am forever grateful to Seefurth Science School for this amazing experience.
“When we try to pick out anything by itself we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” John Muir