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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sturgeon measurements (prior to release) by Katie M.

Back toward the end of September, the ninth grade river fellows left school during lunch to go to TNACI. At TNACI, we helped measure the soon to be released sturgeon. 

Our job was to measure the length and mass of the sturgeon. In order to measure accurately, we had a fellow write down the measurements while two others took them.

 In total, we measured seventy of the surgeon. Before our time was up, we calculated the averages of both the length and mass. 

The average length was 114.86 mm. The average mass was 6.78g. Being able to help TNACI with this task was such a fun experience.                         

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Maclellan planning- By Sarah F.

The last two weeks in our River Fellows time block we have discussed what we could do to better our community, specifically Audubon Island (Maclellan Island). In doing so we looked at what needed to be done. The area has not been mapped recently and the signs are out-dated, so we decided to first focus on the signs. The ones on Audubon Island at the moment are quite old and don’t contain the all the information needed. They are made of wood and they have information about the island painted on them. Because they are painted, a lot of the information has chipped away or is faded.

In our first meeting during this two-week period we discussed what needed to be on the signs, how many were needed, and what material we would need. The latter was more difficult to decide on. We didn’t want to use wood, fearing it would rot away. Also we wanted to use the GPS Library’s laser cutter to carve out the information on the signs, so we also needed to have a material that the laser could cut through. We at first thought about having them made of sheet metal, but than during out second meet Mr. Glass came in and discussed the matter with us. He told us how neat it would be to use Plexiglas. We all agreed that this would look very unique and that the main sign for the island should be made out of Plexiglas. We also needed a few more smaller signs around this one welcome sign so it was decided that we could use a sturdy wood to create the smaller signs. The class of 2020 River Fellows are very excited to take Audubon Island on as our new project!
*update- the plexiglass will not work due to the current ventilation set-up, so we are going to try tile. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Maclellan partnership- By Gabby T.

During this meeting, the Tucker River Fellows met with Kyle Simpson from Chattanooga Audubon Society which owns Maclellan island. We were discussing ways to help improve the island. We discussed many things from litter to haunted houses. His main focus was on keeping the island natural and making it a good place for people to interact with nature.
Basically there is 18 acres for the Tucker River Fellows to work with and there are many needs that Mr. Simpson told us about. He explained how they needed new roofs on some of the buildings and new bathrooms too. There is also a need for new maps of the island. And finally, we were told that the island needed new, sturdy signs around the island.
We decided to take on the project of making new signs. Hopefully we will be able to use GPS 3D printer to make the signs durable. On the signs we are going to put the Audubon Society’s number so that people can make reservations for camping. We will also put rules on the sign like to littering, or pets. We are also going to be working with Mr. Simpson to make sure there isn’t anything else they would like on the sign.
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The Tucker River Fellows are exited about this project because we all care about Maclellan island so much. We desire to keep working with the Audubon Society because we have great hopes and desires for the island to become more popular. The island is a great place for people to interact with nature and we are so lucky to have a great program like the Chattanooga Audubon Society to keep the island’s natural habitat preserved.