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Big Data Arrives on a Small Lake in Vermont

While visiting Vermont in late July, I took a day to catch up with colleagues who are studying lakes. University of Vermont (UVM) Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory director Jason Stockwell arranged for me to go out on a sampling run with two interns. Our destination was Shelburne Pond, a shallow lake located about ten miles south…

Winter Road Salt – the Next Acid Rain? – May Threaten Adirondack “Queen of American Lakes”

Tendrils of fog curl above the waters of the Queen of American Lakes, as Lake George in New York’s Adirondack Mountains is known.  Biting winds gusted out of the northwest yesterday, and an early snow is forecast for tomorrow.  But for this one afternoon in late fall, cold winds fetching across slate-gray waves have gone…

Bobcats Prowl Among Us: Haunt Birdfeeders, Brooks, Boulevards

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It’s on the prowl from three hours before sunset until midnight, and again before dawn ‘til three hours after sunrise.  Each night, it moves two to seven miles, mostly on the same route. Along the way it visits, like the humans in whose shadow it lives, known locales.  But its stomping grounds are a hollow…

NKAF Summer Space Camp Connects VT Teens to the Universe Once Again

This year’s Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation (NKAF) Space Camp at Northern Skies Observatory (NSO) placed an emphasis on student astronomy projects of the camper’s choice either individually or in teams. At the conclusion of the camp, campers presented a report to parents and relatives about what they studied and learned during the week. In addition…

NKAF and VCF Team Up to Bring Family Astronomy Events to Libraries in the NEK

The Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation (NKAF) was awarded a $2,500 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation’s (VCF) Northeast Kingdom Fund for a program called “Building Community through Astronomy: Intergenerational STEM Learning.” Kids, teens, and adults are coming together to learn about and view the skies either at Northern Skies Observatory (NSO) in Peacham or at libraries in the…

NKAF Summer Space Camp in Vermont: Adventures in Science for Teenagers

In early August 2013, Northern Skies Observatory (NSO) was abuzz with activity during the Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation’s (NKAF) successful summer Space Camp. Attendance was limited to 10 high school and middle school students, and these slots filled quickly. Students ranged in age from 12 to 17, and, while most were from Vermont, they hosted…

Governor’s Institutes of VT and NKAF Team Up to Deliver Astrophotography to Vermont Teens

The Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation (NKAF) was honored to teach at a Governor’s Institutes of Vermont Winter Weekend in February at Goddard College.  The astrophotography immersion weekend helped GIV reach its goal of delivering in-depth STEM training to young people from high schools throughout Vermont, and it included a trip to Northern Skies Observatory (NSO)…

Hands-on STEM Learning: Northern Skies Observatory

A seventh grader sitting at the computer control desk at an observatory in a small Vermont town comments to her fellow student: “I can’t believe I am in charge of this telescope!” The 17-inch PlaneWave reflecting telescope, complete with its supporting state-of-the-art equipment and robotic software, was displaying images of a galaxy 2.3 million light-years…

Layers, Linkages and Lines: Environmental Peacebuilding in the Balkans

Guest Blog on observations and insights during a field expedition and course on “Conservation Beyond Borders” in the border regions between Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo, summer 2012. By Dr. Anna Grichting, Senior Fellow at Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security, University of Vermont. Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Qatar University Layers, Linkages…

Nuclear Power in New England: Lessons for Ecological Diplomacy

As the United States considers the role of nuclear power in its national energy strategy after the Fukushima disaster, I requested policy analyst Dr. Richard Watts to share perspectives from his recent book on environmental conflicts around the license renewal of The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.   Guest post by Dr. Richard Watts On…