2020 Calendar Photo Contest

Friends of Goose Pond 2020 Calendar Photo Contest Highlighting Goose Pond FWA A challenge to creativity and photo skill for photographers of all ages. An opportunity for recognition in a calendar that will broaden awareness of the natural beauty and diversity of GPFWA. Eligibility Entrants may be of any age. Entrants may not be judges…

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Critter Corner No. 22 – The Giant Water Bug

  With several thousand acres of shallow water, it should come as no surprise that Goose Pond FWA is home to an abundant, varied, and highly interesting assemblage of aquatic macroinvertebrates. The prefix macro- means big enough to see without a microscope and the suffix invertebrate refers to their lack of a backbone. Hidden from…

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Critter Corner No. 21 – The Red Bat

Critter Corner No. 21 – The Red Bat by George Sly (photo courtesy So. Conn. St. Univ.) A recent presentation on bats to a group of Sullivan Elementary School second graders reminded me that this was a group which has, up until now, been totally neglected in my Critter Corner blogs. Time to remedy that…

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Critter Corner No 20 – The Fowler's Toad by George Sly

In previous blogs I have discussed some of the frogs to be found at Goose Pond FWA. During the 2010Biodiversity Survey conducted at GPFWA, eight species of anurans (frogs & toads) were found. In this edition of Critter Corner let’s learn a bit more about the only toad species found during the survey Bufo fowleri.…

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Lesson 1 Nutrient Recycling Within Ecosystems

Lesson No. 1 Nutrient Recycling within Ecosystems (Odyssey) Target Audiences – Environmental Science, Biology, and Ecology Objectives: The purpose of this lesson is to help students understand how nutrients, such as carbon and nitrogen, are recycled in nature. Exchanges between and within the biotic and abiotic components of ecosystems allow elements of the earth to…

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Lesson 2 The Importance of Wetlands to Migratory Birds

Lesson No. 2 The Importance of Wetlands to Migratory Birds (Back from the Argentine) Target Audience: Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology students Objectives: This lesson addresses several objectives. 1) Students will be made aware of the importance of the Goose Pond FWA (Greene Co., Indiana) as a resting/feeding/staging area for migratory birds. 2) Students will come…

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Lesson 3 – Conserving Wetlands and Their Sandhill Cranes

Lesson No. 3 Conserving Wetlands and Their Sandhill Cranes (Marshland Elegy) Target Audience: Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology, and Language Arts students. Objectives: This lesson introduces students to some of the issues surrounding wetland conservation and also gives them an opportunity to learn about the conservation history of the eastern sandhill crane population. It also provides…

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Lesson 4 – Lessons in Biodiversity: the Writings of Aldo Leopold

  Lesson No. 4 Lessons in Biodiversity: the Writings of Aldo Leopold (Thinking Like a Mountain & Escudilla) Target Audiences – Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology, and Language Arts students. Objectives: This lesson is designed to a) supplement discussion and understanding of the concept of biodiversity, b) introduce students to the conservation philosophy of Aldo Leopold,…

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Critter Corner No 19 – The Fox Squirrel By George Sly

Critter Corner No. 19 (photo by Judy Gallagher – commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=55331862) Discussing the Fox Squirrel as a member of the GPFWA fauna may seem a bit surprising. After all, we normally associate the property with wetland and prairie habitats primarily. These are hardly the sorts of places one would expect to find an arboreal (tree dwelling)…

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