Saturday, March 17, 2018

Week 5 at WA

I didn't get to make it into Waterfall much this week, but on Monday I went in and did some filing/organizing of a bunch of posters and postcards from past events. I talked with Meg about what to do over spring break since I was going home. Updates are being made to the WA website, and I will be getting access to a google doc soon that will allow me to put in information on upcoming classes at WA onto the website format. I also intend on making some follow up emails to the artists I will be interviewing and the board members, as I only have two photos and one bio for the website right now. Hopefully I can fit a lot of hours in over break!

Week 4

This week was pretty mellow, I'm slowly getting email responses from board members and I might be taking a few of their bio photos. I still haven't heard from Maxwell Nolin, but I went ahead and emailed two other Waterfall artists, Ando and Lisa. I have questions made up for them that I included in their email. I started gallery sitting today, if anyone comes in to look at the art I take a tally for the day. Looking forward to doing these interviews soon!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Audubon 3/14/2018

Annica and I are working on finalizing all the documents for the Brook Trout Survey volunteers before open water coming up in just two weeks. I am combing through our data and notes with a fine-toothed comb, and cross referencing all our material with IFW and Maine Audubon volunteer sheets. All in all, spending a lot of time on Excel and finding out how to deal with wonky entries. 
Annica and I are also discussing the upcoming loon count survey, which sounds to me has quite the cult following. The volunteer coordination for that survey is a BIG task. Furthermore, we're thinking about how USM has integrated some of the Maine Audubon initiatives into their bio curriculum in the past, and how we might start involving more schools with citizen science projects.  In gist, we're spending a lot of time planning and getting everything in order in preparation for the busy busy busy season up ahead! Of course, I am also signed up to join Annica on conservation lobby day, where we will take on the roll of lobbyists at the State House and try to speak with our representatives about current water bonds and other pressing environmental issues that will be voted on this year. 
Here's some info incase you'd like to learn more:

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Week 3: First Event

This week at Waterfall Arts I was assigned another project to work on; I am coming up with questions to ask local artist Maxwell Nolin that will be put in a blog on the WA website. This project is ongoing, after Max I will interview other artists at Waterfall and hopefully get a nice collection of interesting blogs. On Friday, I stayed late to help prepare for the Young Artist Gallery Takeover event. Art made by children ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade was displayed throughout the gallery, and my job was to photograph as much of the artwork and the people attending as possible. There was a short break during this event when a few girls from the after-school program at WA decided to put on a mostly impromptu play for everyone, which involved them running around dressed as kittens looking for mittens they lost. Overall, this event was really successful and it was a good way to start getting experience photographing events.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Audubon 2/28/18

The internship is going smoothly and we are just working on logging data from the wildlife roadwatch project and are reaching out to the Brook Trout unlimited team as we enter the transitional phase of the remote pond/stream survey project. I am hoping to touch base with the biking coalition in Portland to see if anyone wants to get on board for some of this survey work in the spring. I'm utilizing some social media platforms to garner some interest. Annica sends me additional little projects throughout the week to help with workflow.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Falmouth Audubon 2/16 update.

I have been invited to participate in the Conservation Lobby day on April 4th.
here is some information on the event from the Environmental Priorities Coalition website:

"Over breakfast, you'll learn how to lobby your legislators with tips and tricks from our experts and hear about the Environmental Priorities Coalition's bills still in play this session. We'll focus on two water bonds that are critical to protecting clean water across Maine!
Then we'll head upstairs so that you can talk to your legislators about the environmental issues that matter most to you. Lobby Day will wrap up by noon, and then we'll hold a Clean Water Rally!"

I'm really looking forward to this event!  Audubon Coordinator, Annica, and I are prepping research and questions for our legislators regarding these clean water bonds and maintaining a healthy environment for all of Maine.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Week 2: Waterfall Arts

This week I finished up the photo archive project; though there is one album left  that contains 501 photos, but there seems to be a problem when trying to download it, so now I'm working on finding a way to fix this issue or get the photos from another employee who may have them in a folder. Aside from this, I was tasked with the job of emailing each of the WA board members about the updates that are being made to the board member page of the website. The following week I will work on the website update, and I am being introduced to a WA artist to write a blog about. The only other new task I did this week was fill out a few labels for some art pieces made by 8th graders that are going to be displayed in the gallery.