The Discover Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom conducts a variety of macrophyte plant surveys each year, focused on both specific invasive species and the general plant population in the lake. We utilize a simple “rake-toss” methodology.
Once samples are collected, there are several options for making observations and recording data:
- Plant identification using dichotomous and other visual keys
- Delineation of plant community: diversity, density and dominance
- Collection and observations of other aquatic life supported by macrophyte plants – insect larvae, crustacaens and other invertebrates
For help with identifying macrophytes on your own, check out the Macrophyte ID Booklet developed by Discover Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom high school interns.