COVID NOTICE:
* Participants will be required to wear masks at all times, to separate into groups based on living situation, and be required to maintain a 6 foot distance from the other groups.
* Participants will be able to borrow binoculars and field guides that will be cleaned before and after use, but please bring your own equipment if you are able to limit sharing.
* Each student will receive a take home kit with materials for further exploration. Please be sure to bring water and wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.
More Americans voted in this presidential election than ever before with nearly 154-million votes counted. President-elect Joe Biden is the first candidate to earn more than 80-million votes in a national election. Meantime, President Trump is the only other candidate to get more than 70-million votes.        Dr. Anthony Fauci [[ FOW-chee ]] says he has not met with President-elect Joe Biden yet. Speaking on "Good Morning America," the nation's top expert on infectious diseases said he has meet with a member of Biden's transition team. However, Fauci said "nothing substantive" came out of the conversation.        The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is changing its guidance on contact tracing. The CDC used to recommend contact tracers track all COVID-19 cases back to their source. But now officials say state health departments are advised to run contact traces on cases fewer than six days old and on people who have a high risk of infecting others.       Georgia's secretary of state is accusing President Trump of throwing him under the bus. In an op-ed for USA Today, Brad Raffensperger said he and his family voted for and donated to President Trump's Campaign. This came after Trump called Raffensperger a "so-called Republican" for not allowing his team to look at signatures on mail-in voter envelopes, claiming they would find substantial election fraud.       Two women are settling their discrimination lawsuit after they were detained at the US-Canadian border because they were speaking Spanish. Ana Suda and Martha "Mimi" Hernandez say Customs and Border Protection agents detained them outside a Montana convenience store for 40 minutes in May 2018. A video of the incident shows an agent telling them Spanish is "very unheard of up here."       Publisher Penguin Random House is reportedly planning to buy Simon and Schuster from ViacomCBS for nearly two-point-two-billion-dollars. Penguin Random House is the nation's largest publisher and Simon and Schuster is the nation's third largest publisher. The deal may raise some antitrust concerns because Random House is owned by a German media conglomerate.