Roots and Shoots from Anahuac High School came out to help researchers at Anahuac NWR search through water column samples for invertebrates (tiny insects, worms, mollusks, etc).
Ms. Tiffany Lane, a graduate student from Texas Tech is studying winter waterfowl habitat selection on Anahuac NWR. She and her assistant, Mariah Box, collect samples from ponds that are utilized by numerous duck species and then examines the samples to identify the invertebrates in those pond. They are looking to determine why those particular ponds are selected by the ducks.
Roots and Shoots came out to assist in the tedious nature of picking through the samples and got some valuable information while doing it. They were able to ask questions about what types of Science careers were available, what it's like to be in college working on her Master's Degree, etc. Tiffany shared some great information about getting jobs and how to choose a degree.
It was a great day for everyone; the students were able to see some "real life" science work and they were a BIG help!!
Photos courtesy of USFWS:
Top photo-Tiffany Lane speaks to group
Middle photo- Students examine their invertebrates
Bottom photo- Students in Roots and Shoots having fun