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

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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Canopies of magnolia blooms ...

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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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Harrya is a fungal genus in the family Boletaceae. Growing out of the side of this rocky outcropping laden with moss, high up on the side of Marshall mountain, I am continually amazed where I see fungus establishing itself.








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A green frog sits in a pensive pose 🤔. Amphibians and reptiles are known as “ectothermic”, meaning they rely on external sources to regulate their body temperatures. This is why one can often see frogs or turtles “sunning” themselves on logs, rocks, lily pads, or the shoreline of a water bodies.








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On a rainy night late last Spring I heard this Gray tree frog singing out to potential mates. I never thought I would find the maker of the song—but there he was! And quite photogenic as well.








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Ryan Pennesi sent these photos to me last spring of a Red Squirrel - a sure sign of spring when these little buggers come out. #documentspring2019 #documentspringexhibit2019 #documentspring ...

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Photographers capture every angle of a portrait. You can perceive each image differently even with the same canvas. With the world going through hardships, we can still appreciate how much healthier our wildlife is in our environment. Less waste, less pollution, and giving our planet a breather is medicine for everyone! 🌳🌎☀️
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A photo from Document Spring 2019 photography exhibit taken at Jay Cooke State Park. #documentspringexhibit2019 #documentspring2019 #documentspring ...

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You never know what you can find while hiking in the woods! Don't forget to look down to see the other half of beauty this world has to offer. These photos were taken at Jay Cooke State Park in Carlton during last year's Document Spring expeditions.
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These beautiful shots were taken last year during one of our Document Spring's expedition at Jay Cooke State Park. 🌻💐🐞
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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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Document Spring 2019 photo exhibit #documentspringexhibit2019 #documentspring #documentspring2019 ...

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A photo from Document Spring 2019 photography exhibit taken at Jay Cooke State Park. #documentspringexhibit2019 #documentspring2019 #documentspring ...

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A bull moose in velvet! This skin-like tissue is packed with blood vessels and feeds nutrients to the growing bone antlers atop its head. By late summer the rack will be fully grown and the velvet will slough off.








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