January 29, 2018

Raccoon Creek Symposium

The Raccoon Creek Science Symposium was held on Friday, January 26 in the Carmichael Student Center, followed by field excursions to the Raccoon Creek watershed on Saturday, January 27. There were 82 registrants from 30 organizations including eight colleges and universities, two state agencies, one federal agency, five Paulding County Government units, and four environmental non-governmental organizations.

The Friday morning sessions highlighted research and outreach projects by Kennesaw State University (KSU) faculty and graduate students; management and restoration projects from The Nature Conservancy and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources; and educational activities by Paulding County secondary science teachers. Afternoon break-out sessions produced a series of concrete steps that will ultimately lead to the establishment of the Raccoon Creek Environmental Education and Research Center.

The weather cooperated on Saturday and participants spent time on the ground in the watershed, visiting locations and project sites highlighted in the Friday morning sessions. Conference organizers and participants left with a high level of optimism about the opportunities for research and educational activities associated with the Raccoon Creek watershed. A project website will be coming soon, so keep your eyes open for further updates!

Brent Womack, a wildlife biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Photo courtesy of Chris Brown.

(ABOVE) Brent Womack, a wildlife biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, explaining the approach he uses to manage longleaf pine in the Raccoon Creek watershed. Photo courtesy of Chris Brown, a biology faculty member from Georgia Gwinnett College.

Photo of Miranda Gulsby. Photo courtesy of Chris Brown.

(ABOVE) Miranda Gulsby, a graduate student in the MSIB program who works with Thom McElroy, explaining the approach she is using to monitor reptiles and amphibians in the watershed. Photo courtesy of Chris Brown, a biology faculty member from Georgia Gwinnett College.

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