Hobart and William Smith Colleges has been selected named as the site for the 2007 Canon Envirothon.
More than 400 top science high school students and 100 faculty and staff from all over the United States and Canada are expected to be on campus for the 20th annual event, July 28 through Aug. 2.
The Canon Envirothon features teams of five high school students compete on local, regional and state or provincial levels using their training and problem-solving skills in five categories: soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and current environmental issues. It is run in cooperation with local conservation districts, forestry associations and natural resource agencies.
High schools across New York state have been participating since 1990. Students from all 50 states and Canadian provinces spend the entire school year getting ready for these meetings, which have been sponsored by Canon since 1998.
On their way to the final competitions, students are asked to identify fish swimming in a pond, trees from their bark, bird feathers, and to answer questions about windbreaks and shelter-belts, keeping topsoil from blowing away, and what makes farmland more desirable, based on soil type.
For details, visit http://www.nysenvirothon.org/2007Canon_Envirothon.htm and http://www.nysenvirothon.org/index.htm and Envirothon: Developing tomorrow's conservation leaders, from the April 2005 issue of New York State Conservationist http://www.nysenvirothon.org/conservationist0504.pdf.