One reason why I've been so busy lately: school. I'm taking a full courseload of science and math this year, in preparation for my application to the program I'd like to get into next fall. Having attended school at Cornell, balancing coursework and exams for three classes has been a bit of a challenge! Although the benefit of not having to complete a class in 18 days outweighs that greatly! (One of my classes is the first in a sequence of biology classes for majors. I've been taking photos of the slides I have to learn to help me remember them, this one is the antheridia of a moss, Mnium.)
I've also been participating in a program called Citizen Action Training School, or CATS for short. It's a twelve week training program put on through the state agency Puget Sound Partnership, and my local fisheries enhancement group. (There are altogether five such schools planned throughout the state, but ours was one of the first to begin.) The goal is to educate concerned citizens on a wide variety of environmental issues that affect Puget Sound, including watershed pollution and stormwater. Each week we have speakers come in to impart their knowledge upon us about a specific topic. The range of topics is wide: tribal treaties and fishing rights, logging, rain gardens, and marine mammals are just a few topics that have been covered. We've also had a few field trips, although we've had such bad luck with the weather with those! (Saturday I found out about a hole in my boot, thanks to a downpour and some lovely wind.)
(It's been a good experience so far, and not only have we been learning from the speakers that have come in, but with such a wide variety of personal and professional experience, it's been really fun!)
The point of all of this training is to give citizens some tools and knowledge about how to affect change in the community. This school will end in a service project of some kind that is meant to have a lasting effect. Mine will most likely be on water quality, but no details have been hammered out yet... should be interesting!
Learning about the Lummi shellfish farming operation. (Algae is being grown in the bottles.)
CATS class at the south fork of the Nooksack River.
I've had every intention of keeping up with my blog, and getting back into writing more often. And then classes started. I'm taking a full course load this quarter, on top of working (okay, I don't work that much, but still) and doing training for a volunteer program through the Puget Sound Partnership and my local RFEG (that would be regional fisheries enhancement group). So keeping very busy.
But I've had these photos from a trip to Vancouver I took in September on my desktop, and I realized I should probably at least try to post them! I went up only for a short trip, got up there on a Friday afternoon and came back Saturday evening. My primary reason for heading up there was to see Neko Case perform. She's one of my favorite musicians, so when I heard she was doing a tour with her new album, of course I had to get a ticket! It was an amazing show, and a great excuse to make a brief visit to a city that is so close to me, and that I never really visit.
So long story short, here are a few photos! These are from Friday, when I didn't take very many. I'm not sure what the first one is about, but I thought it was interesting! The other two are from the Orpheum Theatre. Beautiful building, with a lot of fascinating features.
I will try to make another post soon about Saturday (the day of lots of walking)!