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Friday, July 12, 2013

D2D conference call summary

Our second conference call of the season brought about a lively discussion of how things are going among clubs. One group is doing some dip-netting and some fishing, as voted on by the group. This is a bird group that can't resist checking the milkweed plants for monarchs! They're also hoping to do some wildlife tracking, too. However, these activities don't happen until the group has completed the data collection for their citizen science project. It sounds like a great way to keep everyone motivated and on task!

Another adult leader has found some really great resources on the University of Wisconsin Extension website with information about wetland monitoring. Here is the link if anyone is interested: Big Belching Bog, a children's book by Phyllis Root, was another resource mentioned. The adult leader used this book as a "warm-up" but it generated 30 minutes of discussion. Fortunately there was time for this unexpected discussion because this group meets from 9:00-2:00. She scheduled fewer, but longer meetings as compared to last year, and has found it to be effective. There's less rushing around and more time for observing, exploring, and discussion. Each group in this project is unique, and it isn't always possible, but it seems like longer meetings make for a more relaxing experience for both the youth and the adult leader.

The next conference call will take place on Tues., July 23 at 9:30 a.m. central time. We would love to hear how things are going in your club, and share ideas or brainstorm if you're having any issues or concerns. The call in number is 1-424-203-8400 and the passcode is 645698#.

Grant Bowers

Driven to Discover project team member

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