“Come Outside and Play” the poster beckons, advertising the only conference of its kind in the world. The fifth annual International Beachcombing Conference (IBC) offers new, novice and skilled beachcombers alike a weekend of “serious learning fun” on the beachcomb experience. This is done through tutorials, arts workshops and field expeditions to places like Smith Island, MD., Cape May, NJ. and Delaware’s sea glass and shipwreck beaches.
Held waterside at University of Delaware’s Virden Center in Lewes, IBC ’13 includes tutorials ranging from sea glass genres and Miocene beach fossils to Thames River mud-larking and tsunami debris tracking. Tutors also discuss factors negatively affecting marine health and beachcombing including the “plastic problem,” water-borne diseases and lack of beach access. This year’s tutors include British-born geologist, Dr. Richard Ash; marine scientist, Dr. Blair Witherington; Plastic Trash Coordinator for the Ocean Conservancy, Allison Shutes; and conference chair and beachcomb specialist, Dr. Deacon Ritterbush (aka “Dr. Beachcomb”).
Conference space is limited and pre-registration is required. For information or to register, visit: www.beachcombingconference.com.