Blog

Lifes Greatest Adventure yet

Dear Baby boy,

We’ve been waiting for you, dreaming of you, praying for you. We’ve wondered when you would come down from heaven and who you would look the most like. It feels like we have waited an eternity for this moment, but we would wait an eternity more to hold you in our arms and look you into those dark blue eyes.
I hope you have your Daddys courage & contagious smile. I hope you have your Mama’s sense of wonder & adventure. But most of all, i hope you feel all the love we have for you already.
Now that you’re here, we thank god for you. I thank god for August 2nd, The day i met your Daddy and August 8th, 2019 the day we met you. Watching him hold you for the first time i realized that even though i feel like i could not love him anymore than in this moment, our hardest laughs, most exciting adventures and our greatest days are still yet to come. You and our son are my everything && more than i have ever imagined
Introducing Sutton Charles Damp
Our littlest love and our greatest adventure.
Born 8/8/19 , 7:31a.m
Weighing 8.4 pounds
21.5 inches long 💙

Continue reading “Lifes Greatest Adventure yet”

The Snow Leopard of the Himalayas introduced into the Adirondacks; A study of the conservation efforts and spiritual beliefs.

 

“Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.”

Introducing the Himalayas into the Adirondacks using two amazing animals. The success story behind the conservation efforts of snow leopards can potentially help the unbalanced ecosystem of the Adirondack park due to the absence of the grey wolf. Through traveling to Nepal and gaining first hand experience through stories from the locals, will connect the two cultures by a means of coexisting with the wild world surrounding us. Nature knows no cultural or political boundaries.  

Continue reading “The Snow Leopard of the Himalayas introduced into the Adirondacks; A study of the conservation efforts and spiritual beliefs.”

The Snow Leopard of the Himalayas: a study of the Conservation efforts and spiritual Native Tales

“And then there was the small matter of the snow leopard, whose terrible beauty is the very stuff of human longing. Its uncompromising yellow eyes, wired into the depths of its unfathomable spirit, gaze out from the cover of innumerable editions. It is, I think, the animal I would most like to be eaten by.”
―Peter Matthiessen

Continue reading “The Snow Leopard of the Himalayas: a study of the Conservation efforts and spiritual Native Tales”

Marine Bio-accumulation; Apex predators

“I don’t know how to save the world. I don’t have the answers or The Answer. I hold no secret knowledge as to how to fix the mistakes of generations past and present. I only know that without compassion and respect for all of Earth’s inhabitants, none of us will survive—nor will we deserve to.” – Leonard Peltier

Continue reading “Marine Bio-accumulation; Apex predators”

Wildlife Bucket list: New year, New Adventures

 

“I have no problem with the adventure travel movement. It makes better, more sensitive people. If you get people diving on a coral reef, they’re going to become more respectful of the outdoors and more concerned with the threats that places like that face and they’re going to care more about protecting them than they would have before” 

Continue reading “Wildlife Bucket list: New year, New Adventures”

Aquatic Invertebrates as Bioindicators; Baseline study for Glenview Preserve

Research Question: 

How do Aquatic Invertebrates act as Biological indicators of water quality and provide a baseline for determining environmental effects of increased land use, within the Glenview Preserve?

Abstract

Bogs are sensitive ecosystems that are extremely vulnerable to change within its environment, The Bloomingdale bog is proposed to have an increase of land use while still maintaining the scenic vista. With an increase of land use, pollution is also introduced as a result. Pollution is a biological phenomenon in that is has a primary effect on the organisms within the ecosystem it is affecting. Investigating a polluted area using aquatic invertebrate samples can reveal the status of this area and they can represent the health of the subject site. The animals located in the Bloomingdale Bog provide a record of the conditions and reviews the history and natural hydrology of the Glenview Preserve. Each approach used is evaluated and outlines the reliability of aquatic invertebrates as Bio indicators of water quality. Diversity indices used are very useful for comparing two different types of wetland ecosystems in relation to ecosystem health. Comparing changes in community composition within the Bloomingdale Bog and our reference site gives us information to create a baseline for future research within the Glenview preserve by knowing the health of the area. Using secondary research and understanding how each species acts as a bio indicator allows us to evaluate the site using standardized qualitative sampling techniques. This method has a great potential to serve as a rapid and accurate biomonitoring tool. Data collected from both primary and secondary research provides a foundation to create baseline suggestions to monitor the incoming pollution from proposed land use of the Glenview Preserve.

Continue reading “Aquatic Invertebrates as Bioindicators; Baseline study for Glenview Preserve”