Hi! My name is Ms. McCullagh. I will continue to post nature related photos and videos on this great outlet - thank you, Earthwatch! I traveled with Earthwatch to Maryland to study Climate Change and Fragmented Forests at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Forests in South Florida? Tigers in danger!

Expectation rises and excitement builds as these weeks roll past. To think I will be conducting the "Live From the Field" class just four weeks from today!

I also look forward to walking through the forest in Maryland, to listening to the wind in the branches, hearing the creak of the limbs as they sway in the breeze. I cannot find that experience very often in South Florida. We have trees, mind you, but not like the forest I expect to see at the SERC station in Maryland. You are welcome to follow the progress of the Team on the expedition page https://mail.columbushs.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=094badeb2a6f438e80f011806d127877&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.earthwatch2.org%2fLFF%2fRCC09_LFF3%2f

You are probably wondering, "how does one measure a tree?" You'll want to surf over to http://www.dnr.state.md.us/forests/kids/bigtrees.html and find out the calculations involved. Yes, there will be math, and that is cool!

One of my favorite creatures is a forest dweller, but I won't see one in Maryland - the Tiger is still endangered! You may wish to surf to http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=114196411 to read about "Experts: Tigers fast dying out despite campaigns."

There are many preparations to make prior to heading north to Maryland. Thanks for keeping posted to my adventures with Earthwatch and SERC.

Watch for photos, video and stories. Who knows, you may find a poem or video essay or two!

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