Last day to register for NRC Department Picnic

The NRC Department is hosting its second annual spring picnic on May 14th at 3pm. It’s going to be at the Young Men’s Club of Hadley (same as last year) on 138 East Street in Hadley. There will be lots of great food, games – volleyball, softball, Frisbee, horseshoes, a cash bar, and awards will be given out to students. There’s even a covered pavilion in case of rain, but keep your fingers crossed for sun! The best part – it’s FREE for students ($5 for faculty, staff, alumni, family, and anyone else that wants to come)! All you have to do is sign up with student reps or with Linda in the main office in Holdsworth so we can get a good idea of how much food is needed. Please sign up and get your ticket by Wednesday, May 7th....
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Results of Tree Climbing Competition (with Videos)

On April, 19, 2008, students in the Arboriculture & Community Forestry program organized  and competed in a tree climbing jamboree today in the large trees  near the Clark Memorial on Orchard Hill. Eleven students competed in  four events: work climb, in which climbers move through the tree  simulating pruning tasks; belayed speed climb, in which climbers  scramble 40' up the tree; secured footlock, in which climbers ascend  the rope without touching the tree; and throwline, in which climbers  set their climbing ropes high into the canopy of a tree. The students showed great enthusiasm, mutual support, and excellent  skills as they undertook each task, while judges (including many  alumni) rated their performance. The overall winner was Kyle McCabe,  a freshman; Dan Watkins, a junior, took second, and Rich Bailey  (sophomore) and Marcy Gladdys (senior) tied for third place. Vendors  and tree care companies from throughout New England donated nearly  $2,000 worth of prizes, enough that every competitor took home  something...
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Soniferous Fish Research Highlighted in NY Times

NY Times cites recent research by several scientists working in the field.  Be sure to go to the video link!  (oops, you may notice the NY Times misidentified some of the fish pictures).   http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/08/science/08fish.html?ex=1208318400&en=c81b1195b68e2f90&ei=5070&emc=eta1 The story was also picked up on Comedy Central with a clip from the Colbert Report. (Go to the video link labeled Tip/Wag Rain).  http://www.comedycentral.com/colbertreport/videos.jhtml?episodeId=164900 Click on Rodney Rountree's Soniferous main page to find out more about passive acoustics and fish sounds. Cusk-eel information can be found on the cusk-eel page and in the "Listening to Fishes"  e-book.   ...
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