We were back to the grind today in the field. One group went out on the Bechrekov reservoir. As a part of the first group, Tania and Shawn took the rowboat out to the middle of the reservoir to take measurements and collect zooplankton for analysis. The other group that included Hajni walked around the reservoir to take water samples from streams that are supplying the town’s water. The two groups converged to have a peaceful sack lunch by the water. After a successful morning at the reservoir, we all headed to a local glass museum that stands on the site of an 18th century glass factory. We had a wonderful tour given by the resident guide. She gave us the history of the factory and community. Some of us even got a chance to make some beaded necklaces and bracelets in the traditional manner. Then, we were dropped off at the base of Ptaci Kupy Mountain.
From there, we set out to hike up to observe some of the areas that we have been working in. We were also able to see the Polish boarder. The views were captivating and seemed to go on for hundreds of kilometers. Each evening, one of the team members is given the opportunity to lead a talk about a topic of his or her choice. Last night, Ed Petrillo spoke about his experiences on several of his 18 Earthwatch expeditions. We were captivated by the descriptions of his favorite and most difficult trips. All of the Alcoa fellows are really excited about the possibility of future experiences with Earthwatch. Tonight, we will get the privilege of hearing all about Tania’s work at the University of Pannonia.
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