Summer 2013: Research at the TWC
In addition to occassional visitors and daily maintenance work, summer at the TWC involves a lot of research! Over the summer months, summer staff Brandon LeBlanc and Jake Richard, will help collect data and samples for multiple ongoing studies. Check out the pictures below to find out more about the various projects.
Jake Richard, Brandon LeBlanc and Megan Mitton (left to right) searching for evidence of Galerucella beetles on the invasive species, the purple loosestrife. The beetles and their larvae help to control the population of this flower.
Galarucella beetles on the purple loosestrife plant. The shotholes in the leaves are evidence that this biocontrol is working.
Brandon doing some water quality testing using the YSI meter.
A brood of Canada Geese. We record the broods of ducks and geese we see in the marsh. This year we’ve confirmed broods of mallards, green-winged teals, blue-winged teals, american wigeons and ring-necked ducks.
Jake and Brandon collecting an aquatic invertebrate sample to find out what’s living in the marsh.
Sorting invertebrates by Order
Sorting invertebrates by order. These damselfly nymphs belong to the order Odonata.
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