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Sustainable Living Retreat at ESGR

October 5-6 marked another visit by the Sustainable Living Experience at the ESGR.  The group had a great visit on a cool fall weekend.  They had group building and individual experiences and capped it with a walk to Buck Hollow where many dreams were fulfilled: snakes, pitcher plants, preying mantis, frogs, and Sphagnum, of course!

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Retreat at ESGR

from the EEB Chair:
Our 2019 retreat on Saturday at the George Reserve (GR) was a blast: great weather, fantastic location, good food, excellent field trips and discussions and a relaxed, friendly vibe.

That outcome took considerable behind-the-scenes effort and my thanks to our Retreat Committee: Yin-Long Qiu (chair), Tom Duda, Tom Morgan, Rachel Wadleigh and (in particular) Nathan Sadowsky for all their hard work, and to Robyn Burnham (GR director) and Alex Wenner (GR facilities manager) for their very considerable GR prep work. Additional logistics support was provided by Kati Ellis and Linda Garcia and by van drivers Giorgia Auteri, Eric Gulson, Rumaan Malhotra, Nicholas Medina and Teresa Pegan.

Kudos also to our field trip leaders: Catherine Badgley, Robyn Burnham, Eric Gulson, Tim James, Teresa Pegan, Mike Penskar, Tony Reznicek, Erika Tucker, John Vandermeer (and to Trevor Hewitt and Tom Morgan who helped me), to GREEBS and GREEBS president Giorgia Auteri for the graduate student forum, and to Chatura Vaidya, Tamara Milton and Kristel Sánchez for leading the DEI group discussion.

See below a group photo taken by Kensuke Seto (postdoctoral fellow in the James lab) and please accept my apologies in advance if I have missed anyone,
Diarmaid

New Addition to ES George Reserve

Just arrived at the E.S. George Reserve, this little bundle of joy: Levi A. Wenner!! And who knew we had storks?! Congratulations Kayla, Alex, and Quinn!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nature baby not speaking a word
Nature baby free as a bird
Nature Baby living day by day
Nature Baby always floating away. Feeling the soil around my feet
The sun rays beating down with heat
My being feeling like I’m not physically here
And when I look around I’m so much more aware. The energy keeps coming my way
As I buzz through life and play
Nature Baby being free
Nature Baby that is me
That is what is meant to be. Nature Baby gave the garden lots of love and energy
And now the gardens have surrounded me with beauty
And the heavenly scents from each flower in bloom
As we share the space within this big room. Nature Baby as free as a bird
Nature Baby not speaking a word.

by Jaye (Julianna) Low

  

December 18 Bird Survey at ESGR

The ESGR hosted 12 people for a bird survey that started at 6AM and ended around 11AM, December 18th, 2018.
  ~~ 27 species were tallied ~~
Highlights were great looks at Barred and Eastern Screech-Owls pre-dawn (making the early morning worth it). It was great to have access to a warm house and kitchen for refreshments.
We are looking forward to a return by the bird surveyors during breeding season, in May or June.  We also welcome visits by bird watchers during the earlier migration too!
Happy Solstice Everyone!

Sometimes Things Just Happen...

Sometime in mid September, 2018 this gorgeous old oak crashed to the ground, bringing with it innumerable nests and holes, but creating some new connections to the soil organisms!  Photos by Alex Wenner & Nathan Sheldon

Where do Spring Peepers go in Summer?

We were surprised the first time we relabeled one of the pvc tubes from 2017 in the Big Woods ForestGEO plot.  Then we found the spring peepers regularly in the tubes.  We don’t know if this will increase the population of spring peepers, but we applaud their presence in this constructed habitat!