The Marine Science Consortium has grown and evolved over its 45 year history. From those first few marine ecology college field trips in Cape May, NJ in 1968 to the current multi-disciplined program offering educational opportunities to all ages and learning levels, our organization has grown up and out. With eyes towards extensive study of our fragile, vulnerable coast and plans for even more wide ranging coastal studies programs that include the arts, humanities, sciences, technologies, and trend setting educational methods, we realize that the name “Marine Science Consortium” does not fully represent our programs, resources, and abilities. With that in mind, and along with representatives from our key stakeholders, we conducted a comprehensive name and brand review process. The results of which have given a new name to our storied organization. From hence forth we will be known as the Chincoteague Bay Field Station. This name was chosen as it represents the true nature of our field-based programs and hands-on methods, illustrates their academic nature, as well as provides instant recognition of our geographic location.
The new logo, includes a black-necked stilt, which is a charismatic bird found in the high marsh areas of Chincoteague Bay. The stilt, as a long-legged wader represents our work on water and land. In addition, it is as comfortable in the air as on the ground, which harkens to our relationship with NASA. The oysters represent our marine science emphasis and the two plants, salicornia (the red plant) and spartina (the grass) represent terrestrial (but still coastal) programs.