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June 2015  
In partnership with The Chesapeake Bay Trust, and OpinionWorks, the University of Maryland has launched The Bay Survey. This survey helps us understand how residents throughout the Chesapeake Bay area, Western Maryland, and the Atlantic Coastal Bays handle rainwater, vegetation, and other issues on their properties. Help out IAN by filling out the survey online at www.baysurvey.org.
Video & Blog Highlights Permanent Link
Maryland Coastal Bays CCMP
The Maryland Coastal Bays Comprehensive Conservation & Management Plan.
Our Path Forward: The Comprehensive Conservation & Management Plan for Maryland Coastal Bays (2015-2025) Permanent Link
Our Path Forward represents a revision to the 1999 Comprehensive Conservation & Management Plan for the Coastal Bays of Maryland. The work is the culmination of three years (2012-2014) of technical investigation and community involvement to protect the future of the Coastal Bays.

Quiz for testing user's bird identification skills
The quiz tests the user's ability to identify Hawaiian forest birds by sight and song.
Hawaii Forest Birds app released Permanent Link
IAN has completed a bird identification and survey simulation app for the National Park Service Pacific Network. The app leads users on a tutorial for identification using photos, songs, and important anatomical features. It quizzes users on their knowledge, and tests skills using a bird identification game. The app is intended to simulate a bird survey in areas of the Haleakalā and Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Parks which most of the public will likely never visit. The app is available for free on iTunes and the Google Play Store.

Group photo from the IAN-NERP workshop in Brisbane
Workshop participants put their heads together in the interest of Kakadu National Park floodplains.
Floodplain connections in Kakadu National Park Permanent Link
The multi-year research studies on the floodplain ecosystems and their resources of Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory of Australia are wrapping up. IAN has been working with the National Environmental Research Program Northern Hub at Charles Darwin University to help synthesize the results of this research. The goal of the project is to communicate the key findings of research on Kakadu floodplains, and recommendations for managing threats to those resources from invasive species, climate change, and saltwater intrusion. To that end, a series of workshops have been conducted, with the most recent one being May 18-19 in Brisbane, where Dr. Heath Kelsey and Jane Hawkey met with a team of the research scientists.

How's the Beach app screenshot
The app provides a map of color coded icons for bacterial data, forecasts, and advisories, as well as historical data.
How's the Beach? water quality app released Permanent Link
IAN and the University of South Carolina unveiled the "How's the beach?" water quality prediction app last month. Using data provided by the NOAA National Weather Service, the app provides daily forecasts of beach bacteria concentration at 31 locations along the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina "Grand Strand". The app also provides the latest available bacteria monitoring data, and the current advisory status as issued by the South Carolina department of Health and Environmental Control. We are currently working to expand the app to a new area near St. Petersburg, Florida. The app is available for free on iTunes and the Google Play Store.

On the Horizon... Permanent Link
The Integration & Application Network is an initiative of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.
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