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Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Aww here it goes!

In the words of Kenan and Kel, Aww Here it Goes! It’s hard to believe, but BotS has officially started, last Wednesday the 11 students and three professors embarked on our first field trip to the Roaring Creek Field Station, owned by Bucknell and DCNR (Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources). We all quickly bonded with each other and our professors over a BBQ and campfire. In the morning, we walked a beautiful three-mile path around the reservoir¬†at the field station. Thursday afternoon we went to CLIMBucknell to bond as a group and build teamwork. There now is no […]

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Friday, August 13th, 2010

The beginning

This summer has been exciting to say the least, and I’ve earned the few short weeks of R&R I’ve had at home. This summer was spent floating down the Susquehanna River between Milton, Danville and Shamokin Dam, on what little water there was, taking water samples for chemistry analysis. My parents didn’t understand why I wanted to stay in Lewisburg and collect water samples instead of sitting on the beach all summer, but I’m glad I did. There were many adventures throughout the summer including electrofishing in West Virginia, kayaking to Northumberland, dragging Jon boats in the shallow river and […]

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Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Part I: Preparation

Intermittently since the summer of 2008, my home has been in the Susquehanna River Valley and so has my classroom. Come the end of this month, the river will BE my classroom for the duration of the fall 2010 semester. I cannot put into words how excited I am for this experience, especially as one of the culminating academic opportunities of my undergraduate experience. My first experience in a kayak was near my home in McHenry, Md.,¬†on the Youghiogheny River (and you thought Susquehanna was hard to spell) at the age of seven or eight; and I promptly tipped the […]

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