Stroud Science Seminars
Mark your calendars as we continue our seminar series highlighting current research.
Where: The Meeting House at Stroud Water Research Center. Get directions.
When: Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for a free reception and tour. Lectures will begin at 7 p.m. and end no later than 8 p.m.
Bern Sweeney with
giant beetle friend in Peru.
Photo: David H. Funk
» Stream and River Adventures in Peru:
From Scarlet Macaws to Gold Mining Pollution
Wednesday, March 12. Presented by Bern Sweeney, Ph.D., Director and Senior Research Scientist.
For the past nine years, Stroud Water Research Center has undertaken research and education programs in the headwater region of the Amazon River in Peru. The programs have focused along a gradient from high altitude streams and rivers near Cusco to lowland systems near Puerto Maldonaldo, but have also stretched into a few Peruvian cities without road access along the Amazon River.
The lecture will highlight the beauty and natural history of this region as well as its environmental issues and challenges.
» Engaging Citizens in Stream Fish Protection and Restoration
Wednesday, April 23. Presented by Willy Eldridge, Ph.D., Assistant Research Scientist and Principal Investigator of the Fish Molecular Ecology Group.
The fish in streams and rivers are among the most threatened organisms in the world. Stroud Water Research Center scientists, educators, and restoration professionals are undertaking a number of efforts to protect and restore freshwater ecosystems for the benefit of fish.
This lecture will discuss our efforts in Costa Rica and Pennsylvania and the critical need for citizen engagement to monitor fish populations, educate the public, and expand the reach of restoration efforts.
Planting a streamside forest buffer. Photo: David Arscott
Stroud Water Research Center and partners are hosting workshops in Berks and Lebanon Counties focused on conservation, stream protection, and funding opportunities.
Who: Bernard W. Sweeney Ph.D., Director, Stroud Water Research Center
Jerry Martin, Senior Extension Associate, Penn State Nutrient Management Education Prog.
Nicholas Ramsey, District Conservationist, Berks County Field Office (March 31)
Kathryn Keppen, Watershed Specialist, Berks County Conservation District (March 31)
Lynette Gelsinger, Acting District Manager, Lebanon County Conservation District (April 2)
What: Productive Farms and Healthy Streams Workshops
Where and When: Two locations (guests are encouraged to attend 1 workshop):
- March 31 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Blue Mountain Family Restaurant, 24 Roadside Drive, Shartlesville, PA. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m.
- April 2 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Dutch-Way Market and Family Restaurant, 649 East Lincoln Avenue, Rt 422 East, Myerstown, PA. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m.
Why: An opportunity for farmers and rural landowners to learn how conservation projects and forested buffers can restore their streams to healthier conditions. Healthier streams, in turn, can generate new income to landowners while delivering cleaner water to livestock and communities downstream. Speakers will also discuss sources of funding and technical assistance.
Registration: Each workshop is free, but guests are requested to RSVP by calling 717-454-4175.