Experiential learning

Sampe & Investigate Aquatic Plants

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.

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