Biology students Sarah Sieracki and Angela Soto spent their summer internships at our Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Learning Center in Rochester, controlling invasive plant species in the wetland and prairie restorations, establishing and sampling vegetation plots in the restored prairie area, collecting data from the site’s lake, and even assisting with educational programs. The interns were challenged by mosquitoes, thorny plants, and the weather, but they enjoyed regular encounters with wildlife.
The pair helped to design and implement a vegetation monitoring protocol and documented 130 plant species at the site. They’re preparing a poster with the initial sampling data for a conference later this fall. The work was guided by Dr. Moni Berg-Binder and Dr. Josh Lallaman of the Biology Department; GeoSpatial Services staff member Kathy Allen; and Cascade Meadow staff.