On Tuesday, we met with Cheryl Clark from the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve (EBAP) and learned about the organizations mission and goals. Out in the field, we removed the plastic netting from a failed oyster restoration project and observed a nesting colony of birds (also referred to as a rookery).
On Wednesday, we went out in the field with Dr. Parsons to collect phytoplankton and zooplankton samples. In the lab, we looked under microscopes and dissecting scopes to analyze what we found. We classified our samples and shared our findings.
On Thursday, we went out with Dr. Douglas and sampled different areas looking for species of seagrass. Part of the goal was to see if the aerial photographs accurately predicted whether or not seagrass was present. In many of the areas, we did not find the abundant amount of seagrass that was predicted, but the photos were from 2004 and outdated. When we got back, we complied the data and made graphs to depict our findings.