- June 09, 2015
- Posted by Katherine Boyk
Baseball players strive for the perfect game. Meteorologists talk about the perfect storm. We at the Big Sky Watershed Corps dream about the perfect week: fulfilling our three main goals—stream restoration work, water quality monitoring, and community education— in five consecutive days. For me, it finally happened.
Monday: Field Trip to Headwaters State Park
I taught 80 second graders about how water shapes the landscape through erosion and stream formation. Mostly, we played with sand and water.
Tuesday: Planting in the Paradise Valley
We planted over 200 grasses and shrubs to improve wildlife habitat on a ranch along the Yellowstone River. Only got rained on once
Wednesday: Monitoring at Story Mill Park
Tromped through the wetlands on my weekly groundwater monitoring session. Said hi to my friends the deer fawns, snipe, and Sandhill cranes.
Thursday: Hike to Yoga
Courtesy: Flow Outside
I’ve been helping plan a new program called Discovery Walks and I tagged along on one of our first guided walks—a hike up Peet’s Hill to a yoga session
Friday: Service Project AND Conservation Easement Visit
Courtesy: Yellowstone Ranch Preserve
Traveled to Big Sky for a service project with the US Youth Fly Fishing Team, who pulled weeds at a fishing access on the Gallatin River. Then continued on to Hebgen Lake to visit the Yellowstone Ranch Preserve, a permanently conserved property where bison calve each spring.
Bonus Round Saturday: Watershed Festival
Watershed Corps Member Christina Herron-Sweet joined me to teach hundreds of families about macroinvertebrates (aquatic insects) at the Watershed Festival in Bozeman. Kids joked about eating the mayfly nymphs and parents joked about sticking a leech onto misbehaving children. “
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