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posted Sep 10, 2015, 10:17 PM by Kim Stuart   [ updated Sep 10, 2015, 10:18 PM by Julie Alonso ]
If you followed us on Twitter this summer, you might have noticed that Ms. Stuart was in Canada! 


She went to Churchill, Manitoba to help collect data for climate change research. Her trip was sponsored by Earthwatch, an organization that brings regular people together with scientists to promote and support global sustainability. The goal was to gather baseline data on current environmental conditions in the subarctic wetlands of Churchill, a region particularly sensitive to climate change. 


Located off the Hudson Bay, Churchill is the polar bear and beluga whale capital of the world. Fortunately she did not run into a polar bear, while she did see several dozen (if not more!) belugas. With 2 scientists and 10 other teachers, she donned waders and mosquito net gear to collect water samples and record various measures of 22 different ponds. The mosquitos and black flies were quite significant, and it was a little stressful to be constantly escorted by an armed "polar bear guard," but this did not detract from her wonderful experience. She was in awe of the unique beauty of the region, with its lichen painted fields, pristine ponds, and midnight sun. She was inspired by the experience to bring evidence driven inquiry and data visualization to her teaching practice. 


If you want to know more about the things that Ms. Stuart saw in Canada, check out these books from the library! 

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Call #: 06 ENVIRONMENT CLIMATE.CHANGE

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Call #: 07 AQUATIC DOLPHINS.WHALES

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Call #: 06 ENVIRONMENT CLIMATE.CHANGE

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Call #: 06 ENVIRONMENT CLIMATE.CHANGE

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Call #: 07 MAMMALS BEARS POLAR

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Call #: 07 MAMMALS BEARS POLAR

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Call #: 14 AMERICAS CANADA INUIT

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Call #: 14 AMERICAS CANADA INUIT



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