Haikus Written by MACRO Researchers!
Water flows and moves, life follows its winding path, its pattern we seek- Mario Minder / Water creates life, life adapts to water, human influence their coexistence - Boloroo Erdenee / River flows continuously, MACRO tests its continuity, continents are our target - Boloroo Erdenee / Habitat is from mud to bedrock, bugs and fish live on top and bottom, leaves and algae are basis of their survival - Boloroo Erdenee / Mongol rivers flow, free of restraint offering, a look to the past - Jon Gelhaus / Where water meets land, what is shared, mixed, changed, exchanged, silt settles, shore dries- Anne Schechner / Water flows downstream, earthen shape manifests life, test River Eco Synth - Sudeep Chandra / Large rivers are life, insect communities thrive, we protect wildlife - Alain Maasri / Paratendipes, rolled-up in soft sediments, collects and gathers - Barbara Hayford / River flows past rock, algae grows and leaves fall in, fish and bugs nourished - Walter Dodds / River in valley, but valley constrains river, ecosystem adapts - Mark Pyron / Headwaters to mouth, Hidden life clings and bubbles, Through earth's arteries - Emily Arsenault
In April, MACRO members Mike Thai, Rachel Bowes, and Emily Arsenault participated in Prairie Park Elementary School’s Science Discovery Day in Lawrence, Kansas. They introduced children to fish and reptile biology using Gyotaku, a traditional Japanese method of printing fish onto paper or canvas to create a record of catches. Participants used preserved specimens from the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute to make colorful prints, using water-based paints, of both local and exotic fishes and reptiles. As they created, they learned about the ecological roles of their chosen fish or reptile specimens and engaged in discussions about why certain colors and patterns might be found in nature.