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.
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.
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