Writing by Sydney Toni
Photos by Deniz Bertuna
ASC Landmark crew
Our day starts at eight o’clock. As the rest of the crew gathers in the kitchen to pull together breakfast, or pull themselves together with coffee, I step outside onto the porch of the Enrico Science Center. The sun has yet to crest the small hill that lies directly to the east, and I watch two white-tailed deer skip away across a nearby field. It’s windier than yesterday. I can hear the low singing of the wind in the creek bed.
By: Jordan Snyder
ASC Microplastics Adventurer
We ghosted out of the Chester River at sunrise leaving behind another beautiful, secluded anchorage. There was about 8 knots of wind from behind pushing our 31’ sailboat, Base Camp, west as we sliced through small ripples on the water’s surface. The double spans of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge were in perfect view yet we could barely make out the far shore nearly 7 miles away. I engaged the autopilot, leaving the helm to fend for itself. I grabbed a collection bottle and walked to the bow to gather a sample of the bay's brackish water.
Working with Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC), my team combines our sailing adventures with ASC’s effort to study the presence and quantity of microplastics--plastic particles smaller than 5 millimeters in size--polluting the world’s waters.
Cinematography and field recordings by Eli Allan
Original Music by Mitchell Flowers
ASC Landmark Crew members Nov./Dec. 2015
ASC Landmark crews live and work on the American Prairie Reserve in northeastern Montana. The crews record wildlife observations while hiking transects, deploy remote cameras to monitor wildlife-fence interactions, and map prairie dog town perimeters to determine expansion rates. This effort provides Reserve staff with valuable year round data that can be used to inform management decisions.
Eli Allan spent 2 months on the American Prairie Reserve monitoring wildlife with the ASC Landmark crew and put together this short montage of footage from his time in the field.
Watch this video and others like it on Eli's Vimeo page and see more of his work by visiting his website.
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