Conservation in the Community

Madelyn Malinowski '21 recently completed a year-long project through UConn's Conservation Training Partnerships (CTP) program, which partners teens and adult community volunteers to create and conduct a local conservation project. Madelyn partnered with Science Department Chair Laurie Doss, who's also a board member of the Kent Land Trust to create an ESRI Story Map of Kent Land Trust's Audrey and Robert Tobin Preserve: Birding the Audrey and Robert Tobin Preserve. As part of the program, participants engage in 2-day field workshop, and are given support and guidance throughout their project by UConn's Department of Natural Resources & the EnvironmentCenter for Land Use Education & Research (CLEAR), and Neag School of Education

On March 23rd, Madelyn and Ms. Doss presented their project at the 2019 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference.  Lee Mashburn '19 also attended the workshop to learn some new skills for his Independent Research in Conservation class, and to lend support to Madelyn and Ms. Doss. 

5/20/19: Exciting Update! Madelyn's Story Map won 1st Place!

Congratulations to Connecticut’s two winners and to all of the students and teachers who participated this year! Please visit the CT Maps Competition webpage on the CT GIS Network website and take a minute to view all of the winning story maps. The students have worked hard on these.

High School Division Winner:
1st Place | Birding the Audrey & Robert Tobin Preserve
Student Author: Madelyn Malinowski
Teacher: Laurie Doss
School: The Marvelwood School, Kent, CT
View: Details, Story Map

Middle School Division Winner:
1st Place | Water Quality of the Rippowam River
Student Author: Aryan Pandalai
Teacher: Jennifer Ferris
School: Scofield Magnet Middle School, Stamford, CT
View: Story Map

Maddie's Story Map

Project introduction:

The Audrey and Robert Tobin Preserve is a large piece (241 acres) of forested land located area above Kent Falls that is protected by Kent Land Trust. A lot of people are not aware of its existence, or its abundance of birds and trails. Since 2015, 60 species of birds have been documented on the property by The Marvelwood School, Kent Land Trust, Tobin Family and now the CTP program!

Our University of Connecticut Natural Resources Conservation Academy Conservation Training Partnership (CTP) Project involved documenting bird species via a variety of techniques and photographing the preserve to create an ESRI Story Map to inspire more people to visit the preserve to look for birds. Birds were documented via direct observations (sight and/or sound); birds captured and banded for scientific research; and/or via the use of Passive Acoustic Recorders from May 2018 through April 2019. Avian data was also used for scientific purposes at the local and global levels via these two research projects.