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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Lake Thunderbird State Park, Norman, Oklahoma, USA

Lake Thunderbird State Park, Norman, Oklahoma, USA
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Registered: February 2007
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Last Wednesday, my friend Sarah and I decided to take a trip to Lake Thunderbird State Park in our town of Norman, Oklahoma. Lake Thunderbird is a man made lake surrounded by trails, parks, and camping facilities. As we hiked along one of the many trails, we were surrounded by tall trees and fascinating desert plants. We found many deer tracks in the sandy soil. We also saw a multitude of interesting wildlife: a group of white-tailed deer in the woods, and geese and ducks down by the lake. We were also befriended by some hungry insects!

Most of the trails were very clean. The majority of the litter that we picked up was found along the roadsides or off the trail. We picked up fast food drink cups, aluminum cans (which we recycled), and other trash of the usual type. We also found some unusual trash: a plastic piece of a Gameboy and sunglass lenses. At the end of our trip, we had filled a plastic bag with the litter we picked up. I really enjoyed this cleanup project. I love hiking and the outdoors, and it made me feel good to know that I was helping protect a beautiful place. I think the litter problem could be reduced by several means. First, there should be plenty of trash cans and bags available to hikers and campers. The park already has many of these, but I think more would help. Also, people should be educated about what trash really does to the environment. People would think twice about littering if they really knew how it would effect the plants and animals. This project was a wonderful experience, and I hope it will inspire more people to think about the consequences of their actions and to protect the places they love.
Date: March 14, 2007 Views: 9328 File size: 18.6kb, 87.3kb : 480 x 640
Hours Volunteered: 10
Volunteers: 2
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 16
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 2
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): 25
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