Two weeks ago I, along with 25 other juniors, were lucky enough to go to New Orleans, LA for the mission trip. We went to many service sites including APECS youth center, painting sheds for churches, cleaning horse stables, and much more! On one of our days without work, we traveled about 40 minutes from where we were staying to hike a trail in the bayou. It was some of the coolest scenery I have ever been in. With all the different trees, various plants, and variety of creatures, the bayou is a very interesting place to be.
We saw many different kinds of birds, both flying overhead and on land. We even saw an alligator! We got a little too close for comfort, but it was all in good fun. (If you are ever being chased by an alligator, remember one thing: run in zig zags, they can't catch up.) We learned a lot about the wildlife through the trail maps along the way.
This was an incredibly cool experience and if anyone is headed down to New Orleans, I would highly recommend the stop!
In a recent study by scientists at Purdue University they have discovered that using models that blend global ecology, economics, geography, and environmental sciences is essential to comprehend how changes in trade and natural systems in one part of the world affect another. Scientist Tom Hertel teamed up with scientists from Michigan State University to conduct this experiment: "We live in an increasingly integrated global economy and society," he said. "The planet itself is a single system -- a change in one place affects another. Models that can capture these complex relationships between trade and the environment are key to creating solutions to our most pressing sustainability challenges." We can clearly see that through the use of economic and environmentally efficient models will help everyone in the long run.
Over time, we come across many different ways of seeing people get rid of invasive species, but this is a new one to get remove the invasive species of the Brook Trout. Electrofishing. Electrofishing is a shocking development for the Brookies. This method doesn’t involved a Ronco product like the FishWitch. It lets scientists deal with the invasives without resorting to toxins that affect all gill-breathing creatures. Researchers in Montana have taken this method and applied it to their rivers in order to get rid of the Brook Trout and not the Cutthroat Trout. Though this effort may cost much more, the long term effects are worth the few extra bucks. Using piscicides is a cheaper method but it runs a higher risk of harming or killing other animals in the process.