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2019 Internships: A Summer of Inspiration

Are you a high school or college student who loves the outdoors and want to gain experience in gardening or conservation work, all while getting paid? Build your resume and gain real-world skills in agriculture or outdoor recreation and conservation by applying for one of Steep Rock Association’s 2019 summer internship programs: Judea Garden Intern …

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Winter Scenes Inspire on a Day of Service

On January 21, 2019 members of the town of Washington hosted a town wide “Washington Gives” event to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. The community event offered various volunteer and donation opportunities to help the community in Washington, CT and beyond. Steep Rock Association invited volunteers to take photographs …

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Riffle Bioassessment by Volunteers (RBV) Program

Riffle Bioassessment by Volunteers (RBV) Program

Macroinvertebrates are great indicators of water quality.  Certain species are very tolerant of degraded water while others like many stoneflies and some mayflies have a low tolerance for poor water quality.  The presence of low-tolerance species indicates high water quality and a healthy lotic system. The Riffle Bioassessment by Volunteers (RBV) is a DEEP program …

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Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey:  A Citizen Science Opportunity

Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey:  A Citizen Science Opportunity Training: Friday, January 11, 2019, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM @SRA Office (2 Green Hill Road) Survey: Saturday, January 12, 2019, 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM (assigned locations) Bundle up and become a citizen scientist by scanning sections of the Shepaug River for bald eagles. The data …

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Bushwhacking 101 : Nature Preserve Monitoring

Bushwhacking 101: Nature Preserve Monitoring Have you ever seen those yellow “Steep Rock Nature Preserve” property signs dotting the roads of Washington? Behind those signs is a collective 2,500 acres of pristine wilderness, scattered over 30 individual preserves. Some of that acreage is old growth hemlock forest while other parts are wetlands brimming with biodiversity …

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BLUEBIRD BOX CLEANING in preparation for NESTWATCH

BLUEBIRD BOX CLEANING in preparation for NESTWATCH

Cavity nesting species like eastern bluebird and tree swallow benefit from the availability of artificial nest boxes.  Nests constructed in them often have greater success compared to those in a natural cavity, being less susceptible to predation and having a beneficial microclimate as a result of mindful placement.  As spring approaches and migrating birds return …

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