arts activated environmental stewardship
DOCUMENT SPRING 2020



OACC’s Document Spring is a program of environmental storytelling that mashes up the arts, citizen science and environmental research. It provides opportunities for students, community members, artists, environmentalists and scientists to come together to celebrate the arrival of spring. Document Spring fosters environmental stewardship through experiential connection:  providing guided nature expeditions, classroom and online instruction, exhibitions, orientations, and an annual environmental storytelling and stewardship summit – connecting people and telling the story of change within the Natural World.

Together we make a difference

INTRODUCTION
Document Spring


The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.
― Wendell Berry ―

Environmental Storytelling

Document Spring embraces our shared connection with the natural world – the individual journey of the research scientist, citizen scientist, photographer, dancer, poet, journalist, painter, and artist.

Facilitation

Document Spring is guided by a panel of expert phenologists, naturalists, and environmental managers whose skills help participants experience spring’s arrival in selected environments. Educational materials, presentations, and classroom instruction are available.

Compilation and Annual Exhibition

Data and artwork are compiled digitally and archived from year to year with an annual exhibition of the year’s expeditions.

2020
Expeditions


Overview

Participants assemble for a brief orientation to the environment from an informed naturalist, receive helpful observation tips, review program expectations and break into smaller groups for a guided nature experience.

Participants reconvene to review and share their observation and experience with each other. Instructions for sharing data and art with the project are made available.

About 2020 Expedition Schedule

Weekday expeditions have been scheduled to provide for student and teacher participation during regular scheduled school days.

Saturday expeditions have been scheduled to provide for opportunities for family and community participation.

All expeditions are open to the public but require advance registration to provide for adequate staffing.


EXPEDITION SCHEDULE | REGISTRATION
iNaturalist DOCUMENT SPRING 2020

The citizen science portion of the program utilizes the iNaturalist app where participants upload observations to its database and the Document Spring 2020 iNaturalist project therein.

The app is free, quite easy to use, fun and helpful in identifying species of plants and animals. Learn more about project protocols, register with iNaturalist and our project, and participate as a citizen-scientist.

REGISTRATION AND ONLINE HELP
iNaturalist ORIENTATION MARCH 19
ATTEND KICK-OFF APRIL 2 ZEITGEIST

Leucism is a rare genetic mutation in an animal which can eliminate color in patches or across its entire body. The skin and eyes remain their normal pigment and color. This is a leucistic baby red squirrel outside its natal den in a sugar maple.








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Happy Mother's Day to my wonderful mother, glassmss, and my wonderful mother in law, grandmabirdy17! My life is so much brighter because of you loving, creative, intelligent, and beautiful ladies.
This arrangement I wanted to take over to my MIL, but it would have undoubtedly fallen apart. Lesson learned:
medical tape is not actually a substitute for chicken wire or a floral frog.
#mothersday #hawthorne #azalea #seasonalfloweralliance #documentspring #springseasonathome
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For those of you who are wondering what Document Spring is and messaging questions, THANK YOU!!😄 Document Spring is an art and citizen science that brings together people to capture the essence of early spring through art. The project is guided by expert phonologists and photographers, who help participants capture spring’s arrival at the St. Louis River Watershed, Jay Cooke State Park, and other locations that reveal Carlton County’s unique and dramatic geography. 🐝

Feel free to message either our Instagram or Facebook page for any questions you may have.
#DocumentSpring #OACC #FindYourNature #Spring2020

Click the link to learn more about Document Spring on our Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/documentspring/about/?ref=page_internal

Photo Creds: Ken Harmon📸
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Come join us!! Document Spring 2020 kicks off the year at the Reif Performing Arts Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota! 🐞🌿🌷 The reception is held on Thursday, February 20 from 5:00-7:00PM
#DocSpring #FindyYourNature #OACC #documentspring #documentspring2019
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Document Spring 2020 - its about sharing what we notice happening around us this time of year. Let's hear it for the rhubarb! #documentspring #documentspring2020 #OHfrontpage ...

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Our Document Spring Instagram is up and running! Please check our page out at https://www.instagram.com/oacc_us/ and give us a follow to join our experiences in nature.
👍🌱☀️
#DocumentSpring #FindYourNature #OACC #Spring #Expeditions #Community
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The Mimosa trees are blooming again. #SWAUtrivia :: that's what our annual banquet is named after, dating back to the early 1920s. The Mimosa trees would bloom every spring and the end of the year picnic/banquet was hosted in center campus under the Mimosa trees. #swauphotos #documentspring #spring #mimosaflower ...

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Lilacs! This year I've challenged myself to photograph everything that blooms in my yard. Inspiration for this garland and wreath came from the lilac arch that the amazing sarah_winward created for oncewed. #lilacs #lilaccity #documentspring #springseasonathome ...

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A few of the last magnolia blossoms. Spring comes and goes so quickly! #magnolias #documentspring #springseasonathome ...

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Back yard right now. If you look closely, you can make out a lilac bloom that escaped my lilac massacre from the other day. #rhododendrons #nofilterneeded #documentspring #springseasonathome ...

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Today marked the first day of “Document Spring” a citizen science and photography project in collaboration with the Oldenburg House, Jay Cooke State Park, and Boulder Lake ELC. I am honored to be the lead photographer for this project. Today on our nature safari we found a spot where a barred owl met an unfortunate fate.








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"If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft,
And from thy slender store two loaves alone to thee are left,
Sell one, and with the dole,
Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul."
--Saadi

Poem my mother taught me ➕
Hyacinths my mother in law planted.
Happy National Poetry Month/
Early Mother's Day!

#hyacinths #nationalpoetrymonth #documentspring #springseasonathome
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This blue spotted salamander was found under a log in a deciduous forest. They eat a variety of insects, earthworms, spiders and snails. This time of year they will breed in temporary woodland ponds.








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Seasonal ponds are host to a variety of life that make up the base of the food chain. This time of year many amphibians, including this wood frog are migrating to these bodies of water to spawn. I have been hearing their calls for the past few weeks oldenburghouse








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This time of year many amphibians, including this female wood frog are migrating to ephemeral bodies of water to spawn. Next to her are the jelly-like egg masses which will develop and hatch into tadpoles in a number of days. Taken in my backyard pond!








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A female blue spotted salamander in a tiny stream side pool. These are the most common salamander in Minnesota. Much of their time is spent in woodlands under leaf litter and woody debris—making them hard to find. This water is much too fast! She will seek a still-watered pond to lay her eggs.








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While fishing this morning a beaver swam right out in front of me, hauled itself out onto the rocky ledge and promptly fell asleep...on his tail. All four limbs rested on its paddle-like tail as if it was a cushion. First time I’ve seen that kind of beaver behavior!








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Snowshoe hare have transformed to their summer pelage of mostly brown. Only the tips of this ones feet and ears are still white. Also, the ticks are out...check out that engorged wood tick on its face—yikes!








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Have any plans on April 22 for Earth Day? If not, come to our first Jay Cooke Nature Expedition of the season! We will be meeting at the park's headquarters (the Swinging Bridge) where we will have a brief orientation and eventually break out into smaller groups.
#FindYourNature #OACC #DocumentSpring #JayCookePark #EarthDay #documentspring2019
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First Session: 9:30am-11:30am
Afternoon Session: 12:30pm-2:30pm
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