December 2020 Series
Monday 12/7: Soils – Webinar @ 4-5pm
Soil Key Point 1: Physical Properties of Soil and Soil Formation
Presenters: Jacob Isleib and Lisa Krall
1. Basic Soil Properties
2. Soil Formation Part 1: Climate, Organisms, and Relief
3. Soil Formation Part 2: Parent Material, Time and Processes
Additionally, check out this TED talk titled “How Soil Unites Us” from Nic Jelinski: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzZ6ACiXtlE
Tuesday 12/8: Forestry – Material Release
Introduction to Tree Physiology—Start with document 1-Reading Trees, then open document 2–Annual growth rings Tree knowledge _ Booklet _ Forest Academy – Domtar.pdf when directed.
Wednesday 12/9: Wildlife – Webinar @ 4-5pm
Wildlife Basics: food, water, cover and space. What are some of wildlife’s limiting factors?
Wildlife biologist Peter Picone will illustrate and discuss several examples of limiting factors and how wildlife managers mitigate them and restore conditions to favor a species population.
Link to presentation recording: https://youtu.be/sHG8evoF2TU
Thursday 12/10: Aquatics – Material Release
By: Kelsey Sudol
Welcome to the CT Envirothon Aquatics Workshop Series! This first entry is four videos based off of different field work and projects that I (Kelsey, the Aquatics Station Leader) work on for the Lake Waramaug Task Force. They are filmed with a GoPro (if you are easily motion sick, I apologize). Below is the link for the full playlist, and each video individually, though I recommend watching them in order. Closed captions will be added in the coming days.
Full Video Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEtI4ayLNW0_Y59ZQf2s8Bo3o1gWwWmz4
Part 1: Introduction https://youtu.be/jLfYcAie51U
Part 2: The Zooplankton Farm https://youtu.be/Vd5QBknx5f0
Part 3: Brown Trout Stocking https://youtu.be/cDx08alJaF4
Part 4: Lake Sampling https://youtu.be/sa2R7anCtFI
Practice questions based on the videos above: https://forms.gle/KG59Sn6Dy6HmKXU46
The Aquatics Key Points for this year have a few tweaks and additions. I plan to update the resources on the website in the next few weeks, so be on the lookout for that. The videos above touch base with the following Key Points and questions:
Key Point 1: Abiotic Factors
-What chemical water tests are needed to monitor/manage aquatic systems? How do you interpret the tests results? What do these results indicate to the health of the aquatic organisms?
– How is water quality affected by physical, chemical and biological conditions?
Key Point 2: Biotic Factors
-Understand how energy and matter moves through aquatic food webs
-Biological water quality monitoring tests and how they manage aquatic systems
-What biological water quality monitoring tests are needed to assess and manage aquatic environments
Please use this Google Form to submit any questions on the video series above or any of the Key Points: https://forms.gle/AWJinQNNuzu4ayR9A. You can also suggest topics that you are interested in learning about or would like more information on! Please also provide feedback on this month’s format – whether you liked it or not. As of now, the remainder of the Aquatics workshops will be live speakers, but more of these videos on different topics can be released if everyone finds them helpful.