Xploration Awesome Planet, a nationally syndicated nature and environment television show geared toward teenagers, highlighted CI-supported research at the Napatree Point Conservation Area in December 2015. Despite the approach of Hurricane Joaquin, host Philippe Cousteau, Jr., grandson of pioneer oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, along with researchers from URI and other local institutions donned their foul weather gear to discuss sediment transport on barrier dunes and migratory bird tracking using the latest technology with telemetry towers and time-tested nanotags.

Thanks to the joint efforts of CI Senior Fellows along with early-career researchers, local CI-affiliated work was highlighted on a national level transporting children and teens from their homes across the country to this unique coastal ecosystem in our state. This low-cost, high-return investment is evidence to potential funders of the important work of the CI, Watch Hill Conservancy Area, Watch Hill Fire District, and other partners.