This is my last blog post for the Lake Project! Over the last few weeks, I have been very busy and do not have any new pictures to show you (sorry). But, I have been making a lot of progress on the project which I will update you on now.
On Friday, I had the privilege to present to the whole school in the Independent Seminar Assembly. This was really fun and the ability to share the work I’ve done was super awesome. I wanted to make sure I shared some of my best photos of the most interesting things around the lake because I wanted people to be able to see how amazing the lake is. My hope is that, after seeing my presentation, students will be more interested in going down to the lake and exploring all the amazing animals down there.
Just a day later, on Saturday, I got to do a similar presentation to alumni of Westtown in the Science Building. It was great to be able to share my project with the alumni, some who graduate over sixty years ago, and field some great questions from them. The more intimate presentation space was nice compared to the all-school assembly because I could answer questions and it felt nicer to have a discussion rather than presentation. What was really cool was that some of the alumni (some talked to me afterward) knew about a lot of the older things the school used to do around campus with regards to biodiversity and field trips, including Bird Club.
I have not gone down to the lake in a couple of weeks because I have been working on cataloging all of my photos. This is a slow and tedious process, but I knew it was coming. There is not much more I can tell you about that, other than that my goal was to reach at least 50 species in the catalog and I have hit over 60! It is very exciting to be able to hand this catalog to the archives at the end of the year and I am eager to finish it.
The only other thing I have to say is that I am still working with T. Greg Cross to try and perhaps put my catalog into an app, however as time is running out, this is looking like less and less of a possibility by the day. But, even if the catalog doesn’t get into an app, I am happy with the final book form.
Well, it looks like this is it for me. Thanks for reading!