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Justin Hougham R.,University of Wisconsin Extension | Bradley Eitel K.C.,University of Idaho | Miller B.G.,University of Idaho
Journal of Geoscience Education | Year: 2015

In this article we explore how reconceptualizing the role of technology in place-based education (PBE) enhances place responsive pedagogies through technology. Combining the strengths of adventure learning (AL) and PBE, Adventure Learning @ (AL@) advances both place responsive education and online learning in science education. This is needed, as the conventional AL model lacks authentic explorations of places that are ‘‘local’’ to the expedition teams and the students following along. The AL@ approach promotes localized authorship and knowledge keeping. AL@ more fully realizes the potential of AL, using PBE approaches that engage students as authors of knowledge through direct field experiences and the creation of digital artifacts of scientific inquiry. © 2015 National Association of Geoscience Teachers.

Schiller L.F.,University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire | Donham K.,University of Iowa | Anderson T.,University of Wisconsin Extension | Dingledein D.M.,Shawano County Rural Health Initiative | Strebel R.R.,Shawano County Rural Health Initiative
Journal of Agromedicine | Year: 2010

The purpose of this pilot study was to determine the willingness of the farm community to participate in a farm safety health initiative (expanding a community-based health program to include elements of the Certified Safe Farm program), as well as understand farmers' experiences with participation in the intervention. Focus groups and individual interviews were held to explore farmers' experience with the expanded health screening and on farm safety review. Results indicate that incorporation of the expanded intervention was well accepted amongst participants in this study. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Amato M.S.,University of Wisconsin - Madison | Shaw B.R.,University of Wisconsin - Madison | Haack J.,University of Wisconsin Extension | Moore C.F.,University of Wisconsin - Madison | Moore C.F.,Montana State University
Lake and Reservoir Management | Year: 2015

Individual differences in shoreline maintenance behaviors are likely partially attributable to individual differences in relevant beliefs and goals. Lake property owners can help reduce the impact of development by maintaininga vegetated buffer on their shoreline, as opposed to grooming an expansive manicured lawn. A survey mailed toresidential lake property owners in Wisconsin (n returned = 155, response rate = 64%) measured lake-specific beliefs and goals and self-reported frequency of engaging in 4 behaviors counterproductive to shoreline health.Analysis revealed those counterproductive behaviors were negatively associated with endorsement of biosphericbeliefs and positively associated with stated relevance of human usage goals (p < 0.01 for all). Recommendations for lake managers and environmental educators, particularly the importance of aesthetic preferences, are discussed. © 2015 Copyright by the North American Lake Management Society.

Ryan E.L.,University of Wisconsin - Madison | Shaw B.,University of Wisconsin - Madison | Shaw B.,University of Wisconsin Extension
Human Dimensions of Wildlife | Year: 2011

Current trends show that despite overall support for hunting, fewer Americans are participating in the activity. Traditional recruitment and retention methods in which hunting families initiate, train, and socialize their children or other family members into hunting tradition are still the primary routes to recruiting and retaining new hunters. With declining numbers of hunters, however, this approach alone will not be able to counter declining participation trends. This article describes strategies and future research directions that may help improve existing hunter recruitment and retention efforts. The article suggests that greater emphasis must be placed on the unique values and benefits of hunting as a way to attract new hunters and keep those who already hunt active in the hunting community. Supporters of hunting who best understand the culture and the contributions that hunters make to their communities are poised to be the most effective proponents of hunting. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Minks K.R.,Land Conservation Division | Lowery B.,University of Wisconsin - Madison | Madison F.W.,University of Wisconsin - Madison | Ruark M.D.,University of Wisconsin - Madison | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Soil and Water Conservation | Year: 2012

In recent years, agricultural runoff has received more attention as a major contributor to surface water pollution. This is especially true for the unglaciated area of Wisconsin, given this area's steep topography, which makes it highly susceptible to runoff and soil loss. We evaluated the ability of an at-grade stabilization structure (AGSS), designed as a conservation practice to reduce the amount of overland runoff and suspended sediment transported to the surface waters of an agricultural watershed. Eight years of storm and baseflow data collected by the US Geological Survey-Wisconsin Water Science Center on a farm in west central Wisconsin were analyzed for changes in precipitation, storm runoff volume, and suspended sediment concentration before and after installation of an AGSS. The agricultural research site was designed as a paired watershed study in which monitoring stations were installed on the perennial streams draining both control and treatment watersheds. Linear mixed effects model analyses were conducted to determine if any statistically significant changes occurred in the water quality parameters before and after the AGSS was installed. Results indicated no significant changes (p = 0.51) in average event precipitation and runoff volumes before and after installation of the AGSS in either the treatment (NW) or control (SW) watersheds. However, the AGSS did significantly reduce the average suspended sediment concentration in the event runoff water (p = 0.02) in the NW from 972 to 263 mg L-1. In addition, particle size analyses, using light diffraction techniques, were conducted on soil samples taken from within the AGSS and adjacent valley and ridge top to determine if suspended sediments were being retained within the structure. Statistical analysis revealed a significantly (p < 0.001) larger proportion of clay inside the AGSS (37%) than outside (30%). These results indicate that the AGSS was successful in reducing the amount of suspended sediment transported to nearby surface waters. The cost of an AGSS can range from US$3,500 to US$8,000, depending on size. Thus, these structures provide a cheap and effective means of improving water quality in highly erosive landscapes. Copyright © 2012 Soil and Water Conservation Society. All rights reserved.

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