So it’s still a go and I will leave for Montana with the best support crew ever on Tuesday morning.
I have officially signed up with Adventures and Scientists for Conservation to collect water samples for a worldwide study of micro-plastics in the planets water. The study has been going for sometime and concentrated on seas and oceans. It is now moving to inland lakes and rivers. You can read more here…
I am totally excited about this ! I have read about explorers since I have been a child. Scientific exploration has been a centuries old idea, and even racing to be the first to places like the North Pole has been scientific.
So here are a few scientific explorers I admire. You may have heard of some, some you may not.
Lewis and Clark and the U.S. Corps of Discovery……
Great to think I will be collecting samples from science on the water route of an 1804 – 1806 American scientific expedition of the Louisiana Purchase
Leo Miller, Naturalist for the New York Museum of Natural History….
Collected thousands and thousands of bird, mammal and reptile specimens across the planet in the early 1900’s. His book “In the Wilds of South America” published in 1919 is available online for free.
George K Cherrie, Naturalist, Ornithologist for New York Museum of Natural History…..
His book “Dark Trails” has his highlights of many stories of his life as an explorer in Central and South America. He not only collected specimens but was shot by a former disgruntled employee and had to walk for days to reach help. Him and his mates also won a bar in a poker game.
Colonel Teddy Roosevelt, Naturalist, Environmentalist…..
The President made several expeditions and gathered specimens for the New York Museum of Natural History.
The Roosevelt-Rondon scientific expedition of Brazil’s River of Doubt almost cost the Rough Rider his life. He handpicked Leo Miller and George K. Cherrie as his fellow naturalists on the expedition. His soon Kermit and Cherrie cared for the very ill Colonel, until they could get him home.
“Into the Brazilian Wilderness” was penned by the Colonel of this adventure.
So there is a few of many I admire. I will learn Tuesday more details of what is expected of me. I can’t wait ! I wonder if I will measure up to my heros ?