Natural Resource Conservation Fair: The Southwest Conservation District will be hosting (what appears to be) a career fair for natural resources and 10/4 is specifically for high school students. Students interested in pursuing a career in Natural Resources are strongly encouraged to attend. There is a 16 person limit. Submit thepermission slip before 9/30. We will leave LH at 11am (eat first lunch) and return at 2:00 pm. You will not miss the assembly during periods 1 and 2.
Hanover Pond Drawdown: We were able to witness the drawdown at Hanover Pond in Meriden for the installation of a new piece of hydropower equipment. Fiona (2018) made observations of the pond over the summer. The education director from the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association, Ginny, invited Fiona to see the drawdown so she could continue her observations. Later in the day we were even able to help rescue stranded animals. Fiona explains in the video, what we did at the drawdown. Please excuse the watermark on the video... I am double dipping by using Animoto for a grad school assignment! Check out this article for more information from the DEEP staff we met on site.
Hanover Pond Drawdown
Unity College: A recruiter from Unity College spoke with Juniors and Seniors. More information can be found at their website. Paul Smith's College will be coming in October.
Lab Animals: We are still looking for more students who want to care for our animals in Wildlife Biology to join us. Please sign up if you are interested. Not a fan of the creepy crawlies? No worries, there are plenty of administrative tasks that need to be done for these guys too like developing maintenance records, feeding charts and more! We will be calling this group something like the Wildlife Bio Animal Care Committee, however it is not considered an FFA committee. Our first meeting will be on Monday after school (ag 103 from 2:00-3:00 PM).
Program of Activities: I hope you all enjoyed ice cream for our first FFA meeting of the year. The majority of FFA activities happen after school. To watch the awesome video (meow) again and learn about upcoming events, click the button below. Here is a digital copy of the Lyman Hall FFA Chapter's Program of Activities (events) that are planned thus far.
FFA Activities Video
Bulb Sale Fundraiser & FFA Dues: FFA dues are $20 (this year) and are due to Mrs. Rose by 9/30. The FFA Bulb Sale flyers should have arrived via snail mail. If you sell $40 worth of bulbs you can cover your FFA dues for one year. You can sell more to cover additional years too! Next year, FFA dues will be increasing to $25 so get the discounted rate while you can! FFA dues make you eligible for FFA funded activities, free admission to Lyman Hall sponsored CT Safe Boating Classes, scholarships, Career Development Events, award programs and so much more.
Forestry CDE: Our next practice will be on Tuesday 9/20 from 2:00-3:30 in Ag 103.
Environmental/Natural Resources CDE: Practices will be starting earlier this year. From September-April we will practice two times a month and weekly during March-May. Check the FFA Google calendar for specific practice dates. Our first practice will be on Tuesday 9/20 held in conjunction with the Forestry CDE practice from 2:00-3:30 in Ag 103.
Envirothon: The next Envirothon workshop (10/8) is about Forestry. I will not be going. Please let me know if you intend on going. Sign up for our Envirothon team.
Kestrel Nesting Box Kiosk: A recent graduate is looking for help putting the finishing touches on a project he completed for his Eagle Scout project. He is looking for someone to create a poster to be put up on the kiosk at a kestrel nesting box site, Farnum Field in Wallingford. "What I would want on it is some basic information about the field, who runs it (the town of Wallingford and the Wallingford Land Trust), some information about the bird, and basic stuff like diet, range, and physical description. If anyone is interested and if you think this could be a good SAE project for someone they or you can email me let me know." For more information please contactMark Bernick (2016).
CT DEEP Boating Ambassador: The boating director from the CT DEEP is looking for one student to represent Lyman Hall as a Boating Ambassador. Essentially your job is to educate the public about boating safety. At the end of the year you will be recognized for your contributions at the state capitol. Let me know if you are interested. Kailee (2018) was the 2016 Boating Ambassador from LHHS.
SAE Pictures WANTED: As part of her SAE, Ally (Class of 2016), is collecting photos of people's SAE in order to create a video. Please email Ally (firstname.lastname@example.org) photos of your SAE!
Environmental Events of Interest
September 24th CT DEEP Hunting & Fishing Appreciation Day
October 1st Quinnipiac River Watershed Association River Clean Up and Purple Loosestrife Removal
October 5th College Planning Workshop at the YMCA
October 29th Owl-o-ween Raptor Rehabilitation Event
November 5th Maple Syrup Producers Association meeting- free tickets
Various Dates Southwest Conservation District Newsletter
Various Dates Connecticut's State Museum of Natural History Fall Program Guide
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These updates are intended for current parents and students in the Wildlife Biology class at LHHS.