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Videos: Scientists Crayfish: Dr Karen Wilson, University of Southern Maine Dr Karen Wilson of the University of Southern Maine invites us all to join their statewide crayfish survey. She encourages us to look for native and invasive crayfish in nearby streams, rivers, and ponds, and to report our observations (both found and not found) on the Vital Signs website. 2009-11-04 vitalteach 0
Presentations afterschool biodiversity search After school kids in grades 5,6,7 and 8 do an inventory of the diversity in our school yard. Students used quadrats locate a random area. While photographing our designated area we came across a birch tree crawling with life! It was freezing out (30 degrees without the wind chill) but my kids were hot on the trail and quick with the shutter capturing the critters on the tree. Biodiversity was evident. 2009-11-05 mirving 0
Videos: Scientists Marine intertidal: Dr Larry Harris, University of New Hampshire Dr Larry Harris, professor at the University of New Hampshire, talks about some of the marine intertidal species of concern in Maine. These species include the Asian shore crab, European green crab, codium, and invasive tunicates. Many have moved into Maine, but are not yet found north of the Casco Bay area....or so we think. Listen to Larry, then go out and do some looking and reporting for yourself. 2009-11-09 vitalteach 0
Videos: Scientists Invasives across Maine: Curtis Bohlen, Casco Bay Estuary Partnership Curtis Bohlen, wetland ecologist and Director of the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, talks about the plants and animals of concern in Maine's coastal, freshwater, and upland habitats. He impresses on the Vital Signs community the importance of tracking these species so we know what's new, what to worry about, how to intervene, and how to minimize impact. He awaits your observations. "We'll find them useful." 2009-11-10 gmri 0
Presentations Invasion Comics (Purple Loosestrife) Comic Life Research Project 2009-11-18 slittlefield 0
Presentations Invasion Comics (Rusty Crayfish) Comic Life Research Project 2009-11-18 slittlefield 0
Science Notebooks Are there invasive species way up here in Northern Maine? Here is the Science Notebook I kept while investigating a potential stand of giant hogweed in Van Buren, Maine. 2010-08-03 gmri 0
Science Notebooks Is this a field full of purple loosestrife in Grand Isle? Here is the Science Notebook I kept while investigating a potential purple loosestrife invasion in Grand Isle, Maine. 2010-08-03 gmri 0
Science Notebooks Not knotweed! I brought classes to nearby 4 Seasons Lodge to look for japanese knotweed and redtwig dogwood. The 4 Seasons Trail Association is a volunteer run organization devoted to providing our community with a beautiful new lodge complete with expansive decks and fireplace, and about 10-15 kilometers of trails for non-motorized recreation including walking, mountain biking, Nordic skiing, and snowshoeing. Most of the area is either open field or wooded, but has been logged or has seen ATV traffic of some sort. 2010-09-15 Linda McD 0
Blog entries Student drivers, watch out. Okay. No knotweed at the lodge. Back to the reason I started this--- getting kids to be more self driven and conducting more independent research. The super hard thing. Letting kids conduct student driven research. Augh. I told them "now what?" Could they come up with meaningful, important investigations of their own, and be trusted to go out and conduct them? Together, during science class? Everyone started yammering at once. So, as a result, we have several new investigations in the works. I tried to hold back on guiding except as needed. 2010-09-15 Linda McD 0