March 6, 2015

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This Saturday EarthTeam interns from Oakland High School will be holding the first ever Litter Blitz at Lake Merritt in Oakland! All ages and groups are invited to participate in this great day of citizen science. Bring your cell phone, Instagram, and your curiosity. Litter bags, gloves and other materials will be provided at the event. Come have fun supporting your community at Lake Merritt. Help us map litter around the lake, get community service hours, and provide your thoughts on solutions to the litter issue.

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March 4, 2015

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Hello my name is Elijah Allen and my small group project is about monitoring storm drains around Oakland High.

I also took the challenge to adopt a storm drain by my house and keep it clean. Since adopting and monitoring the storm drains I have noticed there’s a lot of trash, especially around the Oakland high storm drains, but mainly from cigarettes and plastics such as chip...

February 24, 2015

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Last week on February 17, our group decided that we would have students play bingo for the event planned by us. The rules are the same as regular bingo, but students will have to find pieces of litter assigned in their card, and we have good faith that they will not cheat, hopefully because this event is during lunch. To get...

February 9, 2015

Today students took time to reflect on the impact that marine debris can have on aquatic organisms. Specifically, students looked at the Albatross, a sea bird that surfs the oceans waves looking for squid and fish to eat. However, those Albatross will often eat plastic by mistake. By dissecting boluses, the non-digestible pieces that the birds regurgitate, scientists can get an idea of how much plastic these animals are eating, and the composition of those materials.

To sample the composition, our students at Helms...

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