National Parks Traveler – Fisheries in the Smokies

In this episode: “‘Hiker Trash,’ a new book that examines hiker life along the Appalachian Trail through the sketches of a graphic artist, is the topic of our interview with author Sarah Kaizar. We also examine the fisheries of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and comment on the long-running vacancy of a permanent director of…

LTER Road Trip – Returning Fish Diversity to Crystal Lake

Hundreds of people rimmed Crystal Lake in Northern Wisconsin on a hot afternoon. I stood along the shoreline with Noah Lottig from the North Temperate Lakes (NTL) LTER, watching the flocking gulls surround swimmers wading in and out of the sandy edge. The lake looked beautiful, clear and surrounded by dark green trees and patches…

Hook and Trigger – Bringing Touch Tanks to Kids

Just after dawn breaks in Northwest Florida, Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) staff and AmeriCorps team members are up to their knees in the calm waters of the bay. Working in pairs, they use long seine nets to scoop up aquatic critters, carefully transferring them to a cooler for transport to elementary schools in Okaloosa and…