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Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Delaware wants frog lovers and volunteer naturalists
Want to help out in building the future of the State?
Delaware's Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) has a number of ways in which you can get involved in the health of the State's natural environnment.
One way is to review the Delaware Wildlife Action Plan Draft Document. The State is seeking comments on this plan by January 31st. As they note there:
Today, we are in the midst of preparing for wildlife conservation in the 21st century through new funds appropriated by Congress. Known as the State Wildlife Grants program, Congress challenged the states to demonstrate wildlife conservation needs in complete terms ? not just game, sport fish and endangered species, but comprehensive wildlife conservation: all species, all habitats. That?s why the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife along with all of the other states and provinces throughout the country are working on developing a Delaware Wildlife Action Plan (DEWAP).
Your comments can make a difference.
If you would like a more hands-on approach to helping out, there are other ways to get involved.
A press release from DNREC is looking for volunteers for part of a nationwide citizen science project which involves people helping monitor frog distribution and populations.
Learn the calls of 13 types of frogs and complete three surveys between late February and June on a survey route that is convenient for you. Routes are available in Sussex, Kent and New Castle counties. A pre-season meeting for volunteers will be held Monday, Jan. 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Aquatic Resources Education Center in Smyrna.
It is possible for teens to get involved in this program under certain circumstances, so if you know someone in high school who might be considering a career as a biologist, this might be something to bring to their attention.
DNREC is also offering Certified Citizen Naturalist Training Sessions, and also a chance for folks to help out in the restoration of a "rich woods" area near Smyrna this winter. So, if you feel like getting outdoors (pdf) with the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife (part of DNREC), this seems like a pretty good chance to do so. That Certified Citizen Naturalist Training sounds like fun. These opportunities seem to be centered in the Smyrna area.
A Green Infrastructure project is also looking for involvement from the citizens of the State, and they offer a wide number of ways to get involved.
The front page of the DNREC site publishes about new initiatives and projects, and news about ongoing projects on a regular basis, including links to public meetings and a calendar of events.
GSCB - Cookie Program - Tailgate for Troops
In 2004, my daughter became a Girl Scout. When January came around and it was Girl Scout Cookie selling time, I learned about a great program that the Girl Scouts were involved in.
This program was started in 2003 after the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Council and the Girl Scout troops had many inquiries from the community on how to help the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces overseas. The result from that was a program called Operation Taste of Home. This program allows the Girl Scouts to donate cookies to the USO located at Dover Air Force Base. Since the year 2003,over 40,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies have been sent to our Armed Forces.
Thank you for your support.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Supreme Court Assigns a Special Master in New Jersey v. Delaware
The US Supreme Court yesterday, in case number 134, New Jersey v. Delaware, assigned Ralph Lancaster, Esquire, of Portland Maine as Special Master to assist in sorting out the land rights case that has been brewing in the background for many years.
The dispute has recently reared its head in the NJ quest to build a massive LP gas terminal in Delaware.
The News Journal reports that this process will delay the resolution for years more to come.
Monday, January 23, 2006
big blue blogs?
Julie Moran Alterio reported in this week's News Journal Business Monday, that IBM has adopted the use of blogs by its employees. Or have they? From my reading of the article, IBM encourages IBM staff to set up and use a bog on IBM's intranet, not on the internet. So, they are trying to contain the damage while making blogs an internal communications tool.
It sounds to me like IBM has made a savvy decision to join em, rather than be agin em. Most of the big corporations I see that even know what a blog is, have awoken to the realization that blogs are not just a geek fad. Blogs are the crest of a wave. So, going with the flow is not a bad idea.
Perseverance Pays Off
As reported in the LA Times, and located for us by Howard J. Basham of HowAppealing, the story is told of a 7 and a half year legal battle following a 50 year crime of art theft.