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W A T E R C H E S T N U T S

Public Lab

Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 2:00 PM - Monday, July 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM (EDT)

W A T E R C H E S T N U T S

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Type End Quantity
Intro to MapKnitter + Infragram -- Sunday, July 21   more info Ended Free  
DIY Aerial Water Chestnut Assessment -- Monday, July 22   more info Ended Free  
Both Workshops -- July 21 & July 22   more info Ended Free  

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Sunday (7/21): Intro to MapKnitter + Infragram. We're planning on gathering on Sunday, July 21st at the newly-formed "Hacker Farm" in nearby Belchertown, MA in order to do some planning, practice kite and balloon flying, and potluck BBQ-ing. We'll also be introducing MapKnitter and the Infragram platform, in preparation for the aerial imaging event the next day.

Monday (7/22): DIY Aerial Water Chestnut AssessmentWater Chestnut is an invasive aquatic plant species in Massachusetts that forms dense, floating mats which severely limit available light and nutrients for aquatic ecosystems. On Monday, July 22nd, we'll be working with members of the UMass Amherst Dept of Environmental Conservation and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to apply Public Lab's DIY aerial imagery techniques in the assessment one or several management sites near Amherst, MA. We will meet here at 9AM. Depending on the conditions, we're planning on using kites and/or balloons (perhaps based from canoes) to take aerial photos of affected areas both "before" and "after" a management event. We'll also be capturing Infragram near-infrared imagery, in order to see whether near-infrared photography can help to distinguish Water Chestnut from other aquatic species.

Lodging 

There is plenty of room to camp at the Hacker Farm in Belchertown, MA, on Sunday, Monday, and even Tuesday nights; and there are also a bunch of beds available in the farmhouse.

Agenda 

Sunday, July 21st @ HackerFarm01007

Start Time: 12:00PM. Contact Don Blair at 651.252.4765 or donblair at gmail dot com on day-of if you have any questions. 

  • Intro to Balloon / Kite mapping
  • Intro to Infragram
  • DIY Garden / Farm technology
  • Potluck BBQ
  • Camping / Bonfire

Monday, July 22nd @ Lake Warner, MA.

Start Time: 9:00AM. Contact Jen Hudon at 978.302.7908 or jen.hudon at gmail dot com on day-of if you have any questions. 

  • Exploration of Area and Overview
  • Balloon / Kite Mapping -- Round 1, “Before”
  • Volunteer with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove water chestnuts
  • Balloon / Kite Mapping -- Round 2, “After”
  • Mapknitter Workshop @ HackerFarm01007
  • BBQ

Links to more information about Water Chestnut 

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Hacker Farm in Belchertown, MA & Lake Warner in North Hadley, MA



Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 2:00 PM - Monday, July 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM (EDT)


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Public Lab

The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (Public Lab) is a community which develops and applies open-source tools to environmental exploration and investigation. By democratizing inexpensive and accessible “Do-It-Yourself” techniques, Public Laboratory creates a collaborative network of practitioners who actively re-imagine the human relationship with the environment.

The core Public Lab program is focused on “civic science” in which we research open source hardware and software tools and methods to generate knowledge and share data about community environmental health. Our goal is to increase the ability of underserved communities to identify, redress, remediate, and create awareness and accountability around environmental concerns. Public Lab achieves this by providing online and offline training, education and support, and by focusing on locally-relevant outcomes that emphasize human capacity and understanding.

Download a PDF overview of Public Laboratory's work here: public-laboratory-overview-11-22-11.pdf

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