Everglades Part I

Hi all! This is a delayed post, but for Winter Break I took a winter interim course at Truman called Everglades Field Ecology. It was a research based course so before we went the students split into groups based on interests and designed a study to be conducted in the Everglades. Remember kids, it counts as science as long as you write it down.

One group focused on Apple Snails, trying to look at invasive vs native apple snail communities and densities. They were going to have to spend all day wading through the grass marshes. Though sometimes they have pretty shells >

Snail!

Another group focused on Brown Anoles, again looking at their communities and looking for invasive vs native species. They also were going to have to spend all day wading through the grass marshes. Though again, they’re pretty cute.

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My group, well as seniors we knew how to make a research study. Most importantly, make sure it’ll be fun and you’ll like it. But secondly, if it can be on the beach, make it on the beach… So we decided to research Osprey foraging (fishing) in Florida Bay. And Osprey are beautiful! And elegant!

Osprey

Now to get from the great state of Missouri to the very southern tip of Florida on a cheap university budget isn’t easy. But if it hadn’t have been a cheap trip I wouldn’t have been able to do it. So we drove. I drove. One of two drivers in a 15 passenger van on the 24 hour trek to the Everglades. But it was completely worth it! I’ll share more pictures and stories in my next post!

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About Meg LaFollette

I studied abroad in Fiji for 5 months in 2012 and absolutely fell in love with traveling! I went to New Zealand right after and then Peru this summer. When not traveling (and sometimes during) I love healthy, environmentally conscious living. Animals, biology, horses, and behavior are other passions of mine.
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