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September 26, 2013

Developing a Mississippi River report card: Upper Mississippi River workshop in the Quad Cities

The IAN crew (Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey, Bill Nuttle, Caroline Wicks) traveled to Moline, Illinois to facilitate the first of a series of workshops that will occur throughout the massive Mississippi River watershed. This workshop was focused on the Upper Mississippi River watershed – extending from Minnesota and Wisconsin in the north,including large portions of […]

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September 24, 2013

Assembling Indicators for a Mississippi River Basin Report Card

The Integration and Application Network recently launched a new project to develop a report card for the Mississippi River basin. The purpose of this report card is to provide people with information on status and trends of the entire Mississippi basin taken as a whole. The watershed of the Mississippi covers 40 percent of the […]

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September 19, 2013

Gulf of Kachchh field trips: Birds, mangroves, corals, macrotides, industries

We had two field trips to the Gulf of Kachchh. One trip was to the Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary near Jamnagar. We visited in the late afternoon and were treated to a nice breeze and a beautiful sunset over the water. The sanctuary used a levee with spillways to impound freshwater to maintain high quality bird […]

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September 17, 2013

Jai Ho!: A song for the Gulf of Kachchh report card workshop

We stopped in Mumbai in route to Jamnajar workshop, which is the home of the Indian film industry, known as Bollywood. The Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire was filmed there and the grand finale song and dance number ‘Jai Ho‘ was a highlight of the film. Jai Ho was written by A.R. Rahman who won […]

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September 12, 2013

Peter Oliver’s top ten books about science

Field Manual for Water Quality Monitoring in Schools: An Environmental Education Program for Schools, Keith Mitchell & Bill Stapp I found this to be a very useful book when I started showing kids how to monitor streams. There are some inspirational things in the book, particularly where they talk about all the different places in […]

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September 10, 2013

Gulf of Kachchh report card workshop

An IAN contingent traveled to Jamnagar, India to conduct a two day workshop to develop an environmental report card for the Gulf of Kachchh (rhymes with touch). Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey and Jane Hawkey made the trip, and although Simon Costanzo was scheduled to come, his Indian visa didn’t arrive in time. Just as the […]

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September 5, 2013

Converting from passive to active learning

There are many different forms of education and just as many different ways to categorize different forms of education. We have chosen a fairly simplistic three category scheme; formal education, self-guided education and public education. What we mean by formal education is the education provided through schools and universities. This form of education has historically […]

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September 3, 2013

The integration of heart, hands and head

There are three things that the community needs to be able to say collectively in order to successfully confront an environmental challenge. The community needs to be able to say “We care” about a specific environmental issue, which comes from the heart. The community also needs to be able to “We know” what the right […]

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