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Tracking Turbidity in the West Fork

Erin Scott is project manager for the Arkansas Water Resources Center at the University of Arkansas. The center is part of a national network of 54 water institutes that work in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Institutes for Water Resources. The center has helped local, state and federal agencies manage Arkansas’ water resources for more than 30 years. Scott writes here about her team’s work to measure water quality by tracking turbidity of the West Fork of the White River. The West Fork of the White River is a vital water resource for Northwest Arkansas, not...

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The Search for Secretive Saw-Whets

This is the latest in a series of guest posts from Mitchell Pruitt, a recent U of A honors graduate and current graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences. An avid bird watcher for seven years, Mitchell – at age 17 in 2011 – ranked No. 4 on a list of people who had seen the most birds in Arkansas, when he documented 311 avian species. In this dispatch, Mitchell describes his search this summer for northern saw-whet owls in Pennsylvania. Gear-laden and ready for almost anything, I watched the sun as it sank below the horizon. My watch read...

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