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Welcome to Mr. Lester's Home Page
In 2010/2011 we transitioned to block scheduling. I now teach Principles of Horticulture, Applied Environmental Science and Plant and Soil Science in the Fall; and Greenhouse Management, AP Environmental Science and Applied Environmental Science in the Spring. (That's me on the left, holding a fine Nolichuckey River Smallmouth Bass.) Feel free to use the form on the left to contact me.
Daily Bell Schedule
7:45-9:05 1st period planning, 9:15-10:50 2nd Period 10:55-12:40 3rd Period 12:40-1:10 Lunch 1:15-2:45 4th Period
Roadside Turtle Rescue Tips
Many types of turtles are often spotted crossing roads by people in vehicles. While this is dangerous to the turtle, it can also be a safety issue for those who try to help as well. If you are able to pull over to the side of the road, you can move the turtle across always in the direction it was headed while watching for passing traffic. As with any animal, you should always wash your hands after handling. (Keeping an old pair of gloves in your car for just such emergencies is always a good idea!)
LEAF- Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future
The Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) program provides paid summer internships for high school students and helps educators from environmental high schools share best practices and scientific resources. The long-term goal of LEAF is to support more than 30 environmental high schools across the country.
North American Waterfowl Conversation Act
Contact congress with a link here to support funding for the continuation of NAWCA. Very important! Use this Ducks Unlimited link. http://www.ducks.org/conservation/public-policy/nawca?hq_e=el&hq_m=2532696&hq_l=4&hq_v=c4fecb1a1f
Save the Fish Hatcheries
New Federal Budget Proposals could force the closure of several, if not all National Fish Hatcheries, including the Erwin National Fish Hatchery. Look at this petition imploring the Feds not to close the resources. Sign if you agree. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/save-National-Fish-Hactheries/
DU Action Alert: Sportsmen's Act of 2012
The Sportsmen's Act of 2012 (S. 3525) is an essential piece of legislation to the expansion and enhancement of hunting, recreational fishing and shooting on federal public lands, and the sustainability of fish and wildlife populations that support those activities. It is a compilation of a number of different bills that promote and advance our hunting, recreational fishing and shooting heritage, plus the continued authorization of several vital conservation programs, including the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) and others that enhance waterfowl and other fish and wildlife populations and habitat. DU supports S. 3525 and urges you to call your Senators to vote for passage of this important legislation. This bill is a compilation of 19 bipartisan bills important to the sportsmen's community to support access and conservation of habitat and species. The bill focuses on two core issues to DU and our membership: 1) habitat conservation and; 2) increasing access for recreational hunting.