Susan's roots are in the mid-west, where she was born, went to school, and started her environmental and agricultural based education and outreach work. She has worked at a zoo, at a natural history museum at the beginning of discovery schools, and taught high school before working at CT DEEP. This wealth of experience makes her the perfect educator to coordinate and share CT's Project Food, Land and People curriculum, Project Wet, as well as spearheading climate education for the new science standards. This legislative session, CT passed a requirement for climate change to be included in curriculum, but no surprise that Susan was ahead of the need and already offering programs for teachers on climate education. This July Susan is coordinating and holding a 3 day workshop on Communicating Climate Change, and Jennifer is thrilled to be teaching on the boat tour of the CT River having the 25 teachers observe and predict impacts and plan lessons to make climate science come to life for their future students.
So in between leading and chairing multiple educational groups and institutions and all her other citizen science literacy work, what does Susan do for fun? She is an avid reader, quilter and traveler. She loves traveling alone and check out museums and centers to inspire herself and her programs at Kellogg, which you can learn more about here: https://www.ct.gov/DEEP/cwp/view.asp?q=322550. One of her favorites is the Prince Edward Island Potato Museum! Her most recent notable adventure trip was Alaska, but she has done the Grand Canyon and many other places solo. What is next for the inspiring Susan? Perhaps an African Safari, but keep watching as she is sure do do much for for us in the state and beyond who are lucky to have such a talented and committed educator.
Nothing captures the feeling of summer ease like a day fishing, pole in hand, surrounded by water and nature's calm energy. Much like life, you can ponder what will you catch today and bring from the depths into the light? Whether you are in a kiss-and release or catch, clean and eat what you caught frame of mind, this blog series will inspire and inform you to get going!
First step is to get a licence. Luckily, no carbon footprint needed, you can easily obtain one online on the CT DEEP website at https://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?q=322716. Notice there are several types of licenses including freshwater, marine, and a new trout/salmon stamp. I prefer the all water license with the addtional 5$ trout/salmon stamp so my possibilities are limitless. This also benefits conservation efforts statewide. If you are 65 or older there is no fee except for the stamp, and license fees are cheaper for youth. After purchase, make sure you print it out and have it on you at all times, as State Conservation Officers will often stop to see it, as well as inspect what you have caught. Catch limits vary from site to site so make sure you are informed as worse than fines, would be to stress the population or diminish recreational opportunities for yourself and others. Shared resources are to be cared for and treasured by all.
This summer Associate Director Jen Pagach is pioneering an Environmental Leader series, where she interviews inspirational individuals on how they "get their environment on" often while hiking the recently blazed Richard H. Goodwin Trail. During the first section of the Goodwin Trail starting in Haddam she interviewed Brian Toal, Supervising Epidemiologist in the Environmental Health Section CT DPH in charge of toxicology and hazardous substance response. While Brian's work has him dealing with emerging environmental issues all day long, he still has a host of environmental hobbies and pursuits in his free time.
As past President and trip leader with the Hartford Audubon Society, while hiking he shared his birding expertise and tips to allow us to hear and glimpse some really beautiful species through his special binoculars. In the new growth forest with streams and gentle inclines and declines, the canopy was a chorus of beautiful breeding birds. Spotted specimens included a red start, scarlet tanager, indigo bunting, acadian flycatcher and an extra special treat of a cerulean warbler!
With such beautiful birds spotted, you can see why he caught the birding bug and continues to offer tours and help with data collection even past his term as Audubon President. An avid fisherman and golfer, ultimate frisbee player and coach, member of the CT Forest and Parks Association and currently working on backpacking the Appalachian trail in New England, Brian has so much knowledge to share, and his enthusiasm is contagious. In fact, this hiking trip was inspired by him alerting us there was a prothonotary warbler in the Connecticut College Arboretum this Spring!
It was a very special treat to see and hear the bird world and forest thorough his environmental and conservation minded perspective. Through his work, hobbies and passions, he approaches, appreciates and helps the planet in very diverse yet complementary and powerful ways.
If you want to learn more or be on the bird siting list, visit https://www.hartfordaudubon.org/ and http://www.ctbirding.org/birds-birding/ct-birds-email-list/
A special new trail that spans several southern Connecticut towns was recently officially blazed and open to the public. The best part? It is named after one of our Center namesakes, the inspirational Richard H. Goodwin! In honor of this trail and the environmental leadership trail he blazed, we will be doing a blog series interviewing environmental leaders as we hike sections of the Richard H. Goodwin trail together. Our first section will feature Brian Toal, Supervising Epidemiologist in the Environmental Health Section at CT Department of Environmental Health, and Past President of the Hartford Audubon Society.
Stay tuned and be ready to be inspired.
For more information on the trail, visit www.eightmileriver.org
On a beautiful sunny May day, ten amazing Goodwin-Niering scholars became Center alums as they received their certificates and special sashes handcrafted from reclaimed materials. We are so proud of our unique yet bonded class of 2019 and look forward to seeing them share their many gifts with the world!
Sarah Bass, Ricardo Olea, Emilio Pallares, Chloe Mayhew, Johnathan Evanilla, Nate Morris, Delilah Fairclough-Stewart, Sydney Krisanda, Amelia Morrissey and Ariane Buckenmeyer show off their unique sashes and spirits.
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