WWF-UMCES Retreats PoetryBill Dennison ·
This blog is part of the Basin Report Card Initiative: a partnership between the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES)
We have had two retreats with our WWF colleagues on the front porch of the DuPont House which serves as the Center Administration for UMCES. The DuPont House is on the Choptank River and we can enjoy the view while brainstorming and writing. We find that our retreats with WWF are very productive and immersive. The entire group is very focused and we have little time for emails or side projects as we have packed agendas, including activities during breaks and lunch. My UMCES colleagues are amazed at how little they see of us wandering around the building, as we are fairly sequestered during our retreats.
Our initial retreat was in October 2015, which included a boat ride from Horn Point to Cambridge for dinner, with a beautiful sunset and moonrise. To characterize this retreat, I wrote a poem called "Luminosity". Our second retreat was in April 2016, and my poem for this occasion was called "A unique partnership".
27 Oct 2015
With Murray the Groundhog watching us closely
WWF and UMCES huddled together closely
Discussing the Basin River Card Initiative
In which both partners have a lot to give.
Luminosity, the measure of light people can see,
Is what we hope report cards will truly be.
Providing light though a River Basin report card
Allowing for all to see without straining too hard.
Watching sunset and moonrise over the Choptank River
Cruising to Cambridge with Ken the Boat Driver
To get ourselves to dinner at the High Spot
Where we ate and drank a whole lot.
Storyboarding a report card practitioner's guide
Wallpapering the DuPont House porch--every side
Identifying what makes a river champion truly tangible
A person who is passionate, engaged and credible.
Snapping up ideas, sharing our stories
Brainstorming to develop good strategies
Overcoming barriers and pushing ahead
Creating a new partnership that has real 'cred'.
A Unique Partnership
8 April 2016
Gathered on the Chesapeake Bay
Joining pandas and oysters
Creating new opportunities
Planning to create a better way
Co-writing a Practitioners Guide
And then drinking oyster stout beer
Checking out report card survey results
Planning the Orinoco release on the side
Combining science and conservation
Creating a unique partnership
A merging of our cultures
Creating a new blended conversation.
About the author
Dr. Bill Dennison is a Professor of Marine Science and Vice President for Science Application at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES). Dr. Dennison’s primary mission within UMCES is to coordinate the Integration and Application Network.