The work day began with a short presentation by researcher Tiffany Knight about the large scale prairie project. SIFTers were then taken to the prairie to see just how large the project really is. Once the short trip was finished, everyone headed back to the Living Learning Center to start the sorting.
TERFer Tom Collins talks to the SIFTers about the work he does with the Prairie Team.
The first task was to weigh the bag before the plants were sorted.
Johannes Shrader and Suraj Puvvada get ready to weigh their samples.
Adam Vorel and Maddie Herries working together to weight out the plot samples.
Next, the SIFTers had to sort the plants into different groups: grasses, forbs, Lespedeza, litter, and more.
George Garner and Liyang Gu sort through prairie plants in the LLC classroom
Once all the plants were sorted, they were re-bagged according to their species. Each bag would be dried and reweighed for the total bio mass later on.
Becky Chen after a long day of plant sorting.