Jen Pate & Elaine McKinnon
Love Your Greats Mission Leaders & Adventure Scientists
On August 20 2016, seven sailboats led the way across the Great Lakes region for the world's largest simultaneous sampling of microplastics in history: eXXpedition Great Lakes 2016. Two tall ships also sailed the waters of the United States and Canada with students aged 8-25 led by Toronto Brigantine & Inland Seas Education Association. With close to 100 people on board, these boats conducted surface trawling and water sampling for microplastics in all five Great Lakes, Lake St. Clair and the St. Lawrence River.
Meanwhile, more than 1,000 citizen scientists joined across the region to collect water samples for Adventure Scientists' Global Microplastics Initiative and to orchestrate shoreline cleanups for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup and Alliance for the Great Lakes' Adopt-a-Beach Program.
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The inspiration for this massive one-day event was born out of eXXpedition, a crew of women taking on voyages to “make the unseen seen, from the toxics in our bodies to the toxics in our seas.” For more information on this awesome, all-women science venture, visit www.exxpedition.com.
By Josiane Segar
Landmark Crew Member
If one thing has been impressed upon me in my two summers of working at American Prairie Reserve, it’s that setting up a large-scale conservation initiative is a phenomenally tricky line of work; simply buying pieces of land is not enough. A fundamental principle of conservation science is based on the concept that wildlife is not static. On the Great Plains, the migratory patterns of many cervid and bird species can be hundreds of miles, and therefore biological corridors are a necessity if any organization wishes to ensure the long-term prosperity of their furry inhabitants. Working off the backbone of this intuitive principle, the Reserve, in collaboration with Landmark, have applied a multifaceted approach, not only to link core wilderness zones with ranches that surround their properties, but also to allow wildlife to pass uninterrupted between them.
By Adventure Scientists Staff
Award-winning filmmaker and wilderness guide Steve Weileman recently made this short film highlighting his experience taking water samples for Adventure Scientists’ Global Microplastics Initiative.
Weileman hiked into the blast zone of Mount St. Helens to sample Spirit Lake and also took a water sample downstream at Iron Creek. Those samples are currently being analyzed for the presence of microplastic particles. They will add to the thousands of samples already collected by Adventure Scientists globally and provide more data to illuminate the scope of microplastic pollution in marine and freshwater environments.
By Adventure Scientists Staff
This weekend Adventure Scientists kicked off the second year of our Gallatin Microplastics Initiative, enlisting the help of 60+ volunteer Adventurers to gather water samples at 78 sites along the Gallatin River Watershed. Those samples will be tested for the presence of microplastics and, along with last year’s data, continue the most comprehensive study of freshwater microplastic pollution ever organized.
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