December Workshop Series

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:

Tuesday 12/8: Forestry – Material Release
Introduction to Tree Physiology
—Start with document 1-Reading Trees, then open document 2Annual 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:

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:
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: The Zooplankton Farm
Part 3: Brown Trout Stocking
Part 4: Lake Sampling

Practice questions based on the videos above:

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: 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.

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