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Earth Day Bioblitz

I hope that these pictures can begin to convey the fun that 25 volunteers had on April 23 at the Earth Day Bioblitz . Through this event we identified Forders of macroinvertebrates to totaling 102 individuals and 5 phytoplankton. The quagga mussels were present in great numbers in the mud samples and made collection a little difficult! Dr Kreiger, the former director of the National Center for Water Quality Research at Heidelberg University informed us that the robust population of this invasive species has created an ideal environment for scuds, of which we tallied 43 individuals in just 3 hours.!

Along with the mud sampling we also tallied phytoplankton and macroinvertebrates at the rock beach across the street from the Kelleys Island Brewery. Back in the brewery, microscopes were set up for everyone to take a look at the organisms. Bobbie Jo, Celia and Brandy headed up tallying and identifying and Patti and the crew made sure everyone was well fed and taken care of. The mission of the Bioblitz was to engage the participants with their Great lake, and in my opinion this happened. Thanks again, to all who participated and we will see you again next Earth Day for the 2nd Annual Bioblitz.

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