Agenda

 

A Typical Day at the Field Experience

7:00-8:00 Breakfast
8:00-8:15 Orientation of Day's Events
8:15-12:00 Field Activities
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-5:00 Field/Lab/Computer Activities
5:00-7:00 Dinner & Break
7:00-10:00 Evening Fun Activities with Staff

Field Experience At-A-Glance

Sunday Check-In and Orientation
Monday Remote Sensing, GPS, & Orienteering
Tuesday Freshwater & Green Infrastructure
Wednesday Forests & Soils
Thursday Fish & Wildlife & Biodiversity in the Night
Friday Projects & Presentation Preparation
Saturday Presentations & Closing Ceremony

 


 

Remote Sensing, GPS & Orienteering

Description: Geospatial technologies such as Geographic Information System (GIS), Global Positioning System (GPS) and Remote Sensing (RS) technologies play a very important role in conservation and natural resources management. Such technologies can increase the efficiency and effectiveness of conservation programs and practices, and will serve as an underlying subject throughout the field experience. This first full day of the field experience introduces students to a range of mapping tools and techniques, and demonstrates the role that geospatial technologies play in conservation planning, implementation, and tracking. An overview of geospatial technology will be presented and the students will have a chance to participate in fun hands-on activities, such as paper map and compass orienteering and GPS geocaching.

Freshwater & Green Infrastructure

Description: Water is one of the most important resources on earth and is essential for life. Students will get in the water and learn how to measure flow in a stream, map a watershed, conduct a stream biotic survey, and sample a lake. Students will also learn about green infrastructure practices that reduce stormwater pollution, such as rain gardens, pervious pavements, and green roofs.

Forests & Soils

Description: By providing important ecosystem services and goods, such as wildlife habitat, clean water and air, recreation, timber, and scenic landscapes, forests play a vital role in human health, livelihoods, and well-being. Connecticut is 60% “forested” (i.e., covered with trees), but every year forest cover shrinks across the state. Most of the week is spent in and around the 2,100 acre UConn Forest, where students learn about sustainable forestry practices, including management and conservation. Participants use newly acquired skills in paper map and compass orienteering and GPS technology to navigate large forest areas and different forest habitats.

Description: Soils are the foundation for all life on Earth. Everything comes directly or indirectly from the soil. Soil is an integral natural resource in all cycles of the Earth, but many do not understand its significance. Students will get "dirty" in soil pits and learn about the properties, features, and interpretations of typical Connecticut soils.

Fish & Wildlife

Description: Fish and wildlife are among the principal natural resources held in the public trust. While at the field experience, students will gain an appreciation for the tasks fish and wildlife biologists undertake on a daily basis. Students will also participate in outdoor activities in and around the UConn Forest that demonstrate how data are gathered on fish and wildlife living in the forest. For example, students will join expert faculty and graduate students in tracking a wild critter with radio telemetry, seining fishes, and measuring habitat quality.

Biodiversity in the Night

Description: The relative quiet of Connecticut forests during the day may give an impression of little biodiversity, yet there is a great biodiversity of organisms. The forest comes to life at dusk as many animals have crepuscular or nocturnal habits. Joining UConn researchers in the forest at dusk, students will be introduced to our forest’s nocturnal biodiversity through acoustic monitoring for bats and black lighting for insects.

 

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