Ticks: As our weather continues to warm, ticks are going to be making more and more appearances in the field. I have been hiking all winter, and on warm days I come home with ticks on me. Professionals in the Natural Resources field need to deal with many issues regarding safety in the field, ticks are no different. Just as we wear warm clothes to prevent frostbite in the winter, we need to take preventative measures against Lyme Disease. There is an interesting article on the increase of infected blacklegged ticks (with the bacterium that causes Lyme Disease). Please visit the CDC site for tick prevention tips. You may store bug spray in your ag locker. No aerosol cans.
Classes: It seems like March flew by quicker than any month yet this school year. We have been in the field birding, planting, managing invasives, researching, presenting, attending conferences and workshops, and hiking. Check out the short video below.
ENR/Envirothon: We will be determining who goes to ENR versus Envirothon this week, Tuesday April 4th. Be ready to demonstrate your skills for each of the contests. Here's a link to the ENR Google Classroom for resources (you must use your Wallingford google account to access the site) and the CT Envirothon website.
Food Drive: Bring in non perishable food items to fill the canoe in the Ag Lobby.
CONGRATS! A huge high five goes out to Kailee P., Matteo O., and Nick M. for their awesome work on their community projects and posters for the NRCA program. The three students attended a week long field experience this past summer and completed a 10 month long project with a community partner. This past March they presented their posters at the Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources. Kailee won first place for her project and has been awarded an $8,000 scholarship if she is accepted and decides to enroll in UConn's College of Agriculture Department of Natural Resources and the Environment!
Applications for the NRCA programs (there are two this year) are available on their website. Let me know if you are applying.
Future Employment Outlook: Ever wonder what your chances of actually being able to work in the agriculture and natural resources industry look like? USDA has good news for students who graduate with a bachelors degree in agriculture, food and natural resources in the near future. Check out their Employment Outlook linked above.
Animal's want to go on vacation! If you are interested in taking some of the animals home over vacation, please send me an email. Your parents will need to sign a permission slip. Animals will need to be picked up next week (Tuesday April 4 - Thursday April 6). We can make arrangements for during or after school. Animals cannot go home on the bus.
Ideas and Events:
Freshmen: We observed the behavior of some really awesome birds today at McKenzie Reservoir in Wallingford, including, Canada geese, red-winged blackbirds, grackles, starlings, a kingfisher, common merganser, mallards, mourning doves, and a couple red-tailed hawks.
Sophomores: This week we have had three guest speakers in during our Natural Resource Careers unit including a zoologist from Disney's Animal Kingdom, a GIS specialist and a Government and Public Relations specialist from the Regional Water Authority.
Seniors: Class took us out to Wharton Brook State Park to talk about how humans contribute to greenhouse gasses, where carbon is stored and what we can do to mediate our impact.
Proficiency Award Applications: 21 Students submitted Proficiency Awards which will compete at the chapter level. Winners will move on to the state competition.
ENR CDE: Check the google calendar for a practice dates and times.
Envirothon: This is the last call: If you are interested in attending the next Envirothon workshop on March 18th please email me by Tuesday.
These updates are intended for current parents and students in the Wildlife Biology class at LHHS.