The 2010 Southern Tier Regional Envirothon was held at the Tioga County Sportsmen’s Association Center on Thursday, April 29th. The Regional Envirothon encompasses the five counties of Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Tioga, and Tompkins. This year’s competition involved 39 teams contributing about 200 students from 16 different area schools. Deposit Central School sent three teams under the direction of teachers Joel Lee, Sarah Miller, and Becky Raymond. The Fio Viridis consisted of Yi Teing Cheung, Marisa McNamara, Emma Martinet, Philip Tanner and Paul Warner. The Barking Barracudas consisted of Alicia Koch, C’aira Stevens, Nick Garnsey Brittany Macumber and Colleen Baudendistel. The Saltwater Sophomores were Hannah Freyer, Andrea Davis, McKenzie Martin, Josh Koch and Karen Cheung.
The Wildlife section was under the direction of Scott MacDonald of the Waterman Conservation Education Center. Students assessed the suitability of habitats for given wildlife species, analyze factors that enhance or limit specie population growth, interpret how wildlife presence serves as a
n indicator of environmental quality, and identify the effects of disease on wildlife. Hands on questions dealt with identifying frogs and birds.
This year’s Environmental Issue event was led by Daniel Kendall of the NYS DEC. The students answered questions dealing with water conservation. The students answered questions on runoff, drainage, and the hydrologic cycle.
Tim Daubert, a soil conservationist from USDA NRCS, organized and wrote the Soils questions. The students had to measure the length of the B-horizon, use soil maps, identify soil characteristics in a soil test pit, identify wetland indicators, and analyze soil structure and texture. Fio Viridis were beat by only 2 teams in Broome County.
Forestry consultant Robert O’Brien, of Cotton-Hanlon, Inc., took the teams off the road and into the woods for the Forestry investigations. Along with tree identification, there were questions dealing with the identification of forestry tools, forestry health and management, the relationships between forest development and environmental factors, and forest wildlife. Appropriate tools and measuring devices were used to determine tree diameter and height, available board feet, land measurement, and directional determinations.
estions, under the direction of Chemung County’s Soil and Water Conservation Department district technician Mark Richer challenged the teams. This year there was identification of fish, water plants, and water critters. A frog and a bird were identified through the use of an audiotape and other questions investigated the water cycle, the physical and chemical properties of water, the watersheds, the wetlands, and the effects of pollution on water quality. Students reported this to be the most challenging section.
The New York State Envirothon is funded by private sponsors and schools are
not charged to participate. Local sponsors are Schaefer Logging and New England Wood Pellet.
The Deposit High School Envirothon team is very appreciative of this local support.
Congratulations to the Saltwater Sophomores, the Barking Barracudas, and the Fio Viridis for their good work in this competition! All three teams placed in the top ten in Broome County and The Fio Viridis pl
Of the fifteen Deposit students who participated, only three had competed in the past. The enthusiasm of the first timers was inspirational and contagious! It was rewarding to see students work as a team as they tackled hands-on, thought provoking science tasks in an outdoor, natural setting. The Envirothon fosters teamwork, science skills, and environmental awareness. The weather was good, the students were fantastic, and the competition was engaging.
See Ms. Miller or Mr. Lee if you're interested in joining the team.