Friday, March 12, 2010

You can help log S.D. ice-outs

Originally uploaded by jayalbionheath
A gentleman from Journey North: A Global Study of Wildlife Migration and Seasonal change has invited us to contribute information about ice-out dates in South Dakota. It's a good way to count down the days until full-on paddling season is here!

To contribute, all you have to do is keep an eye on a waterway you see often. Let's say you drive by Lake Vermillion regularly. Watch as the ice recedes, and when it appears the lake has reach complete ice-out, write Jarett @ and he'll submit your information.

If you would rather submit your ice-out report directly to Journey North, you can do so at this link, which you will have to copy and paste into your browser:

Or Google "Journey North" and click on the "Report Sightings" choice.

If you send your information to me, include the date, lake or river, and a bit of information, like this:

"Lake Poinsett is ice free on March 25. Several days of warm, southerly winds have done their job and we're ready to paddle the lake!"

It's an easy, spam-free way to share information about our waters with the rest of world, and it helps Journey North, which seems like a good outfit.

Plus it shows the world we are avid paddlers champing at the bit to get on the water. (Thanks to Jay Heath for this photo of ice and kayaking.)

Questions? Write Jarett.

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