Audubon – Field Work at the Edge of Florida

Audubon biologist Alex Blochel loads up the Pathfinder boat at the Everglades Science Center (ESC), tossing in snorkel gear and measuring equipment for a full day of field work on the water. The dawn light has just crested the shiny leaves of Florida Bay mangroves, and he’ll need all the daylight he can get to measure submerged aquatic vegetation…

DUN Magazine – Salt. Water. Quality.

It’s a bright Florida day as Captain Gabrielle Mercado reverses her Lady Luck Adventure charter boat out of the slip and motors towards the Choctawhatchee Bay. The emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico are just over the dunes in the intracoastal waterway, and she keeps a close eye on her GPS as she moves…

National Parks Traveler – Shrinking Glaciers Podcast

Featured in this week’s episode:   “Hurricane Dorian literally sliced up Cape Lookout National Seashore, creating more than 50 breaches in the park’s barrier islands. At Western Carolina University, Professor Rob Young says the hurricane’s damage was astonishing. How that damage will impact recreation on the seashore remains to be seen. Traveler also discusses this…

Featured on Very Pink Podcast

From this week! “Casey’s interview is with Erika Zambello, communications director for Audubon Florida, and the volunteer coordinator for the National Parks Tempestry Project. To participate or keep up with this project, follow The Tempestry Project on Facebook, or email Erika directly at Nationalparkstempestry@gmail.com.” Click here to listen to episode 160!

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…

LTER Road Trip – Vegetation Surveys Under the Waves

The North Temperate Lakes LTER vegetation survey team leapt out of their research boat, wetsuits and dive gear ready to go. The survey site bordered the opposite side of Trout Lake, a straight shot from the research facility and student dorms. Two bald eagles, native to this part of Northern Wisconsin, appeared disgruntled at our…

LTER Road Trip – Zebra Mussels Arrive

In 2015, a group of undergraduates from the University of Wisconsin, Madison launched boats into Lake Mendota at the edge of campus, ready to put lessons from the classrooms to the test in hands-on field research activities. As they moved through research protocols, a student brought a metal pole from the soft bottom to the…

LTER Road Trip – Publication of the Road Trip Story Map

  From mountains to deserts, marshes to forests, urban rivers to so much more, the LTER Road Trip led me to 17 ecological sites across the United States. To see the full map, blogs, and photos, check out the story map by clicking here.

LTER Road Trip – Busy Bees

In a grassy clearing between crop hectares at the Kellogg Biological Station LTER, Dr. Nick Haddad, Principle Investigator, stares into the dark recesses of a bee box, set a few feet off the ground. The research team places the bees here while they’re still in cocoons. When they hatch, the bees gather fluorescent yellow, powdered…

LTER Road Trip – Conservation, Agriculture, and Michigan Farmers

Puffy clouds skirt the late summer sky, occasionally dumping a shower on our heads while Dr. Doug Landis and I walked between the crop rows at the Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) in Michigan. Breezes ruffled the soybean leaves like waves, but few insects or birds zipped through the sky above the crops. Near the corn…