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What’s in the Water? A new smartphone app for identifying flora, fauna and other fascinating phenomena found in Maine Lakes
Every lake in Maine is a place of wonder and discovery. LSM’s new Field Guide to Aquatic Phenomena app has been developed to provide a knowledgeable pocket-held companion when you are out exploring on your lake, and to help you spot potential threats to lakes as early as possible. Version 1.0 allows users to search a wide array of FAUNA, FLORA and OTHER LAKE PHENOMENA, zeroing in on issue of possible concern through a series of simple keys. Roberta and Tristan will provide participants with an onscreen tour of the app and its associated website, and show how users can play an active role in the ongoing development of this infinitely expandable compendium.

Jul 9, 2021 03:55 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Roberta Hill
Roberta is an aquatic ecologist and environmental educator. She has been active in the field of lake protection and community outreach in Maine for thirty years and has been instrumental in the creation and development of some of Maine’s most successful and long-standing lake education programs. Currently the Invasive Species Program Director for Lake Stewards of Maine, Roberta is the originator and coordinator of LSM’s internationally recognized Invasive Plant Patrol (IPP) program, through which close to 5,000 individuals (volunteers, professionals, agency personnel, students, teachers and others) have been trained to screen Maine waterbodies for the presence of invasive aquatic plants. Roberta is the principal author of the Maine Field Guide to Invasive Aquatic Plants, co-author of Citizens’ Guide to Invasive Aquatic Plant Management, and the principal concept and content developer of the Field Guide to Aquatic Phenomena.
Tristan Taber
@tristan_taber
Tristan Taber is a biologist and landscape architect whose work has greatly focused on water resources. He has performed work and research in ecology, restoration activities, bio-geomorphic processes, statistics, and stakeholder outreach. Currently the Training and Technical Outreach Coordinator for Lake Stewards of Maine, Tristan also works with the Maine DEP and volunteers with the Maine Audubon on the issue of landscape connectivity. Recently his work has also heavily involved data visualization, scripting, and toxin analysis. Formerly, Tristan worked with the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, Maine DEP, at the University of Southern Maine and Maine Maritime Academy, and as an educator.