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Paso Robles area girl scouts immerse in Lake Tahoe basin

Modified: Friday, Jul 13th, 2012

Alexis Whiteford of Santa Margarita studies the water sample to evaluate the Ph.  The acidity of the creek water is important to the health and wellbeing of the local fish population in Lake Tahoe. Also pictured from left to right are Girl Scouts Simone Stansbury, Alycia Doucette, Hazel Hirsch and Jaymie Throop. Makayla Hodge, of Paso Robles, determines water clarity from a nearby creek in the Lake Tahoe area. Her findings were entered into a scientific data base established by UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center. Jaymie Throop, of Paso Robles, admires one of the specimens at the Pine Point Nature Center that she will be placing in an interpretive display.  Thanks to her Girl Scout troop the Tahoe-based center reopened to the public during the Fourth of July weekend. Courtesy photos.
LAKE TAHOE – Girl Scout Troop No. 40146 returned home on Monday, July 2 from a week-long trip to the north shore of Lake Tahoe. The troop members, all northern county middle-school aged girls, worked since the beginning of the school year to earn their way to Lake Tahoe. Their goal was to fund the trip independent of their family’s help. They raised money all year long and planned carefully.  Through these efforts they were able to spend seven night at Lake Tahoe where they worked on several important environmental projects. 

  In partnership with U.C. Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center they helped gather scientific data on creek water quality and phenology (the study of periodic plant and animal life cycle events and how these are influenced by seasonal and inter-annual variations in climate). The girls obtained water samples from nearby creeks and measured various characteristics of the water and entered their findings into a scientific data base. They also studied specific plants that have been observed over several years and collected data on the plant’s current life-cycle. Their observations will become part of an ongoing study in the area.

  In addition to working with U.C. Davis the troop also assisted the Sugar Pine Point staff in reorganizing the Nature Center, which has been under remodeling over the winter.  The girls re-established the interpretive displays of local animals that they public will enjoy all year long. They were fascinated by the taxidermy displays which gave them an outstanding up-close opportunity to learn about the animals of the Lake Tahoe Basin area. The troop members were responsible to evaluating each animal exhibit, grouping them into the appropriate area within the center and then placing them into the correct display case. Lastly, they were asked to “decorate” with artificial plants, pine needles and cones so that the display would look natural.

  Lastly, the troop members spent time with a member of the Tahoe Trail Rim Association. They learned about low impact hiking and backpacking while hiking through the majestic forests of the Tahoe region.The girls were educated about the importance of being responsible and accountable hikers and look forward to sharing this knowledge with fellow Girl Scouts in San Luis Obispo County.


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