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Posted: Sep 17 2009, 10:29 PM
Group: Full Members
Member No.: 5,374
Joined: 31-July 09
I just receive a request from an alternative school to write a proposal. The school's director wants a proposal to harness the "Perkel Habitat and water garden" for an afterschool program. This proposal would be directed at "difficult" 8 through 12 year old boys. If it is approved the project would seek an improvemen in critical thinking, self control and understanding of the natural world. I have already done this on an informal level. I also worked as a therapist in a residential program for aggressive adolescents. the boys would participate in maintaining the ponds, river, water falls, bird feeding station, raised garden beds, composting project and small mammal and native plant preserve of the habitat. They would be challenged to develop and implement solutions to the problems of a complex habitat in a very small area. They would participate in routine maintenance. Furthermore, they would observe the working of nature in an intense and intimate scale. I am very excited about this proposal. The habitat has always been about promoting good stewardship, as well as satisfying my obsession with observing and understanding the interaction of the natuural world with semi-urban development and the wonders of creation. Wish me luck. I will report back on both successes and failures.
Posted: Sep 18 2009, 03:08 AM
Group: Senior Members
Member No.: 4,124
Joined: 1-November 08
That's great news!!!.... we'll be looking forwards to your reports.
Weve been Keeping Koi now for 26 year's we have 20 Koi, 1 orfe. We have a russian blue type cat with while leg markings white chin etc called Pepsi and the cutest young boy cat, Jet black in colour (who has two tails) called Jack.
A growing collection of fishy art and Badger/Otter/Dolphin/koi fine art prints.
Collection of Figurines/Plates/Cups/Slates/Clocks all of them are Badger/Otter/Cat/Dolphin
Collect Benaya koi tiles.
Large Library of Koi/Koi/Fish Health Books plus another Library of Tropical Fish/Fish Health Books.
Member of the Koi Magazines Koi Hall Of Fame.
Our deceased cat family:-
RIP Suki 2005-2013
RIP Dusty 1990- 2008 RIP Dillon 1997- 2010
RIP Sammy 1989-2007 RIP Baby 1991-2006
RIP SpookyII 1995-97 RIP Spooky 1990-95
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Vals birthday 19/3/59
Posted: Sep 18 2009, 01:10 PM
Member No.: 1
Joined: 1-September 03
It sounds like quite an adventure. If it works out, you'll get lots of help (I could use help around my ponds and gardens!) and teach others in the process.
Robyn, Former Analytical Chemist, Zone 6/7, Maryland
Servant to 4 cats, 2 rabbits, 3 guinea pigs, 3 chickens, 1 redbellied turtle, 3 freshwater aquariums (65, 50, & 20 gallons), 2 saltwater aquariums (6 and 12 gallon nano cube reefs), 7 outdoor ponds (1800, 153, 50, 30, 20, 20, & 12 gallons), 1 indoor pond (50 gallons, winter only), crickets, mealworms, six-spotted roaches, and hundreds of fish (of about 18+ species), amphibians, snails, shrimp, corals, crabs, worms, and so on in those aquariums and ponds. A mostly full list of my current animals is at http://www.fishpondinfo.com/animals/animallist.htm