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February 4, 2016

In and around the Indian River Lagoon

On Wednesday, January 20, we were lucky enough to get an up close and personal look at the Indian River Lagoon from top to bottom. Heath Kelsey, Bill Nuttle, Caroline Donovan, and myself started the day with a visit to the Marine Discovery Center (MDC), a not-for-profit that aims “to protect and restore the Florida […]

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September 22, 2015

Developing a report card for the coral reefs of American Samoa

Heath Kelsey, Caroline Donovan, and I traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii to conduct a workshop to kick off the development of a report card for the coral reefs of American Samoa. The workshop (19-21 August) brought together folks working with NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program, both in American Samoa and NOAA headquarters, to discuss the health […]

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April 2, 2012

Streamlining environmental reporting in the Pacific region

In March, Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey, and I traveled to Nadi, Fiji to facilitate a workshop  aimed at streamlining environmental reporting in the Pacific region. The 2010 Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ and Forum Economic Ministers’ directive on reporting acknowledged the need to streamline global, regional and national reporting to reduce the reporting burden at the […]

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August 27, 2009

The Bird’s Head Seascape in West Papua

Jane Thomas from IAN has been working with The Nature Conservancy this week in Bali. Together with Conservation International and World Wildlife Fund, TNC has been working with the Indonesian government to plan and establish multiple Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Bird’s Head/Raja Ampat region of Indonesia’s West Papua province. This region is in […]

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July 31, 2009

Beautiful Blackwater

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is a gem in southern Dorchester County, Maryland. Covering more than 27,000 acres of mostly tidal marsh, Blackwater is a well-known haven for migratory birds in the winter, but still offers much to see during the summer, including the endangered Delmarva fox squirrel and any number of waterbirds, frogs, and mammals […]

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July 24, 2009

Our next book on coastal ecosystem assessment

We have all been working hard this week trying to finish up our next book, entitled “Integrating and Applying Science: A handbook for effective coastal ecosystem assessment.” Here’s a little sneak peek at the book. We have structured it around the information in this triangle: It covers collecting and analyzing scientific data, through to integrating […]

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July 16, 2009

The Battlefields

Bill Dennison and Jane Thomas from IAN spent the last two days up at Monocacy National Battlefield and Manassas National Battlefield Park. They are part of the National Capital Region Network of parks, and IAN is in the process of conducting a natural resource condition assessment of these two parks, along with Antietam National Battlefield. […]

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July 13, 2009

Water quality monitoring with the Chester River Association

Last Wednesday, IAN went out with the Chester River Association on one of their weekly water quality monitoring trips on the Chester River. You know what they say – a bad day in the field is better than a good day in the office. And this was a great day in the field! The Chester […]

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July 6, 2009

An Eastern Shore overflight

Last Thursday, Bill Dennison and Jane Thomas from IAN and Mike Malpezzi from the Horn Point Lab took to the skies for a photographic expedition over the Eastern Shore. The unseasonably low humidity meant better visibility than you might expect this time of year, so we decided to take advantage of that. Overflights are a […]

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June 23, 2009

Paddling the Patuxent River

On Monday, I joined the Patuxent Sojourners for the final day of their four-day paddle along the upper Patuxent River. Organized by the Patuxent Riverkeeper, the Patuxent Sojourn aims to elevate awareness of the Patuxent River’s importance to the region and to encourage local residents to play an active role in its restoration and preservation. […]

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