Students promote Lake Huron biodiversity during Charity Island excursion

October 13, 2015

Au Gres-Sims elementary students team up with Great Lakes scientists to monitor threatened pitcher’s thistle and invasive phragmites plant populations on Charity Island.

The bow of “Miss Charity Ilse” cut through the waves and waters of Lake Huron, and smiles flashed across the faces of elementary students from Au Gres-Sims School. These fourth graders were on an adventure to Charity Island located in Saginaw Bay. They also were on an important scientific mission, teaming up with Great Lakes scientists from Michigan State University Extension(MSUE), Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI), Michigan Sea Grant, Huron Pines, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and others in an effort to help promote Lake Huron biodiversity conservation on the island.

Read more about this Center for Great Lakes Literacy supported student stewardship project online:  http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/students_promote_lake_huron_biodiversity_at_charity_island_schroeder15 

 

Au Gres-Sims Elementary students collect scientific data to monitor populations of both invasive phragmites (left) and federally threatened pitcher’s thistle plants (right). Photo: Brandon Schroeder | Michigan Sea Grant.

Au Gres-Sims Elementary students collect scientific data to monitor populations of both invasive phragmites (left) and federally threatened pitcher’s thistle plants (right). Photo: Brandon Schroeder | Michigan Sea Grant.

 

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