Thursday, July 21, 2016

Collecting the Silversides

Ashley Ceravone
Environmental Leaders

On Mnday, July 18th, the Environmental Leaders set out to complete part two of our experiment: collecting fish samples.
We made our way out to the Quinnipiac River, meeting up with Zosia and Lynne, to collect 10 Juvenile Silverside fish.  But, before collecting any samples, we had to record the water temperature, oxygen levels, and salinity.  Then, we finally were able to suit up and head into the water.  With multiple attempts and no fish caught, we tried a third time and finally caught a vast amount of Silversides.
Once we were done, we packed up and head to the other side of the river to repeat the same process, but this time being more successful than the first stop.  And lastly, the team made our way to Long Wharf to collect samples.  This time, I took a break from recording data, and joined the team in the water.  In less then no time, I managed to trip and fall in the water.  But other than my wet clothes, the experience was one I wont forget.

july 21 Aisha Sharhan

On Monday the 18th we went fishing for silverside fish. At first it was we didn't catch anything but shrimp which was really cool. Me along with the other environment leaders wear wafers and went in the water of the Quinnipac river and long wharf. We entered the water with a beach seine that had a thicker each in the middle to collect the juvenile fish. It was really interesting and fun to see how we caught the fish and how they looked, also the experience of going in to the water. The rolling day on Tuesday the 19th Ivette brought her boss in,rick, to talk to us. he was very energetic and interesting to listen to. Yesterday on Thursday the 20th we had two guest speakers come in and talk to us about GIS and how to map the sites that we placed the poles and collected the silverside fish. That was a really cool experiene and now i know how to GIS and I'm glad the guest speakers had the time to come into our class and teach us about how to do that.

July 21st Dante

On Monday July 18th Me, Aisha, Ashley, Lynne, Jesus, and Zosha went fishing in the Quinnipac river in hopes of finding Atlantic silverside to test for mercury accumulation in the fish. We caught a lot of shrimp at first but as time went on we became much more efficient at catching Atlantic silversides with our huge beach seine nets. The following day our content leader Ivette Lopez not only introduced us to what she does at the USFWLS but also to her charismatic boss Rick who gave us insightful tips on his job,birds,and how important it is to treat the environment with respect. Yesterday we had two librarians (Miriam and Carla) teach us how to properly research for information that is accurate. Also we learned what GIS was and how essential it can be in the next few years.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

aisha Sharhan 7/14/2016

Today we discussed about the skit and play that we performed about how people have to work together to preserve our natural resources.  after finishing that ideas of how we would show awareness about mercury flowed through presenting on how we would make a news show and entertain the people. by having this news show we would be able to connect with the humor of people and make sure the information we provide for them sticks and they could go and tell others on the topic to help bring awareness. I cant wait for Monday so that our group can meet up with Zosia and collect the Silverside fish to collect research and add them with our moss project. i cant wait to see how close the silverside fish are and how mercury effects the water and could affect the people swimming in them.

Time For Creativity

Ashley Ceravone
Environmental Leaders

Time For Creativity:
Internships can usually be extremely serious, sometimes a little too serious.  But thats the thing that makes Environmental  Leaders so exceptional.  We know how to research and get the hard work done, however, we also know how to make this processes enjoyable.  As a team, we are creative, comedic, and cleaver.
To make learning entertaining, we gathered our skills to preform and record a skit on the importance of watersheds.  We also are planning to create a satyrical film to get a wider audience engaged in the danger of mercury and our current study.
The internship process is incredible serious, but even scientists need to enjoy their practices!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Ashley Ceravone
Environmental Leaders

The Environmental Leaders are currently in their second week of summer work, and the experience has been one we won't forget.  Last Wednesday, July 6th, my peers and I went out to various different locations to plant the moss pole into the ground for further analysis in the future.  While the moss samples are out collecting the mercury in the local area, the Leaders are obtaining as much knowledge on mercury as we possibly can; including guest speakers, such as Zosia Baumann and Justin Elicker, field trips to local community garrets and the New York Science Museum, and also brief lectures from our mentors.  With the help from all these resources, we are becoming young intellectuals and soon to be experts on mercury.

july 13 Aisha

 today we meet Justin Elicker, he is part of the new haven land trust. As a brief lecture Elicker explained and taught us about the salt march and how they would dig a core out of the march and examine it for mercury levels. Elicker then drew a diagram on how the core worked. which is basic just the grass dying and then creating a new layer from the marsh to grow from. int he graph that he presented us the amount of mercury increased in the year 1950 and then decreased as soon as we discovered it and then tried to decease it. He then brought our group to a community garden near by and presented the concept behind it as why its important to the community.