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.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

SIFT Fall Saturday

On Saturday, September 27, the SIFTers came back out to Shaw for some additional training and to help out on some projects. It was the first time the cohort has been all together since their training week! James and Aileen led the group in the work opportunities -- seed collecting, Monarch butterfly tagging, and processing the collected seeds.

First, James explained how to collect the seeds...

...then the SIFTers went to work!

Afterwards, they learned that you can eat some of the seeds that had attached to their clothes.

Next was Monarch butterfly tagging with Aileen.

A butterfly tagged by previous SIFTers was recaptured in Mexico! Hopefully this one will also have a successful migration.

Shaw has a system for collecting and drying seed from native plants to be used in additional terrestrial ecosystem restorations. James showed the SIFTers the seed processing area and had them add their collected seed to the correct trays.

Megan wondering what she's touching

Adding the seed they collected

James explaining seed sieves
It was a full day of hard work!