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Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Measuring the Watershed

After a week on the road, it almost feels like a vacation to stay around Lewisburg for our activities. We nonetheless remained quite busy, visiting Cowan several times, electro-shocking a portion of a small creek to collect samples of aquatic lifeforms, and visiting local farms that ultimately affect the Chesapeake Bay that we just visited the week before. The beginning of the week involved understanding watershed science, from both a geomorphological and an ecological perspective. We measured stream discharge, surveyed a cross-section of Buffalo Creek, and I was amazed at the number of small fish that turned up in a stream that […]

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Monday, September 20th, 2010

Watershed management

It’s amazing what you can learn when you take a step back and look at smaller sections compared to the whole. In this case, the whole is the Susquehanna River and the smaller sections are the tributaries and streams that feed into the river. This week’s trips to Cowan and Buffalo Creek opened my eyes to the effect of storms on the habitat of the river. Monday’s trip was focused on water discharge through Buffalo Creek and the change that occurs during storm flow. Through the use of surveying tools, we measured how high the water would come up the bank […]

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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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