This educational collaboration between Washington University's Tyson Research Center and the Missouri Botanical Garden's Shaw Nature Reserve is designed to engage St. Louis area high school students in scientifically-based exploration of the natural world. Linked programs of field training (SIFT) and field research (TERF) provide teenagers with experiences that realistically reflect research in environmental biology. Participating teens learn a variety of field investigation skills and then have the opportunity to put those new skills to work assisting career scientists with real research projects.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Seed Collecting and Fish Survey

On July 13th and 14th two separate groups of SIFTers returned to SNR to take part in some seed collecting and a fish survey. Over two days of fishing at Wolf Run, a good mix of large mouth bass and sunfish (almost entirely bluegill) were captured. A total of about 50 fish were caught, identified, measured, and then released. To the best of my knowledge, everyone caught at least one fish. The next time you see Aileen, be sure to congratulate her on a 20.5" large mouth bass. She said it was the largest bass she's ever caught; however, no one was around to see her reel it in, so it's OK to question the validity of her story!

By most accounts, seed collecting was a hot job. It's hard work and there is no escaping the heat when you're outside in mid-July. The work centered around the wetlands, but some time was also spent near the new Glassberg Pavilions. Some of the time was also devoted to invasive plant removal. Both seed collecting and the removal of invasive plant species are key components in maintaining the grounds of SNR, so we truly appreciate the efforts of these SIFTers. Thanks for all your hard work!

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