July 12, 2008

Seven-Year-Old To Use Cable Show To Protect Sound

By David Funkhouser, The Hartford Courant, Conn.

Jul. 12--Seven-year-old Daphne Tucker will be hosting a segment of her family's cable TV show to recruit 100 fellow third-graders to become junior oceanographers and advocates for Long Island Sound.

Daphne's father is naturalist and videographer Scott Tucker, of Haddam, who produces "Expedition New England," a cable show about nature shown on local access channels in 68 towns. Her family's project is one of 14 proposals to win grants this week from the Long Island Sound Fund.

A total of $311,000 has been awarded for projects to help preserve and enhance public access to the Sound, including a handicapped-accessible fishing pier on the Niantic River, new hiking trails in Old Saybrook and a study of the genetics of blueback herring.

The Tuckers' share of the grants is $24,450.

The money comes from the sale of "Preserve the Sound" license plates, proceeds from a special affinity credit card and private contributions.

Daphne will host "Listening to the Sound," a segment on her father's show that will teach children about the importance of protecting the Sound.

Tucker said he and his daughter will visit schools and solicit applications on the show's website from third-graders who want to sign up to serve as junior oceanographers. He, his wife Ava, and Daphne will select the 100. Each child will receive a DVD and a kit so they can test water temperature and salinity, and better understand tides and sea levels, Tucker said.

Contact David Funkhouser at [email protected]


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