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Exploring the Florida Peninsula

Trip Synopsis :

The Vicki Penziner-Matson Fund supported this years’ (2014) Spring Break, natural history field expedition to the central peninsula of Florida. Wendy Tori, Jose I. Pareja, John Iverson, Bill Buskirk, and Yoni Glogower led the trip. We visited a number of the hangouts John frequented when he was a graduate student at the University of Florida. John’s knowledge and enthusiasm was great! Wendy and Bill made the birding experience surreal... and Jose and Yoni made driving around Florida enjoyable!

IMG_0146Below is a quick summary in the form of numbers for our trip, following that we share a brief account of our adventure.

1: A special number for many of us because there were many firsts for a lot of us

3: The number of vans we used

4: The number of cooking groups in our trip

6: The number of states we crossed

7: The number of states participants come from and the number of turtle species we captured

8: The number of backgrounds Freshman, Sophomore, Juniors and Seniors, Professors, Emeriti Faculty, Librarians, and Alumni

9: The number of different countries participants came from and the number of days we traveled

10.5: The number of hours some people napped on our way down to Florida

21: The number of new people each one of us got to know better

22: The number of people that formed our group

27: The number of meals we had together

32: The number of minutes that it took us to pack things away upon our return to EC

77: The number of turtles captured (a total of seven species)

103: The number of bird species we collectively saw and documented  

 - (Wendy Tori, Jose I. Pareja, Bill Buskirk, John Iverson, and Yoni Glogower) 

A more detailed account of the experience can be found here

Participants' Testimonials 

 "The canoeing trip excited me the most because it was challenging and fun. We got to see a lot of turtles and alligators basking in the sun. The entire trip has been a remarkable experience that has had a strong impression on my mind." - Tuguldur Baigalmaa, '17, Computer Science major, Mongolia.

IMG_0956"Dear Family/Friends of Vicki, Participating in the natural history trip to Florida this spring break was a phenomenal experience. From watching a red-shouldered hawk tussle-with a yellow rat snake to snorkeling with manatees and catching turtles to learning the calls and distinguishing features of countless birds (swallow tailed kites, royal terns, and even a early-migrant ruby-throated hummingbird) I learned a lot and enjoyed myself thoroughly. Thank you so much for providing Earlham students with this opportunity, your and Vicki's gifts have inspired me and countless others." - Keith Runyan, '15, Neuroscience major , California, US.

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