Youth to Sea’s Wetland Survey Placement offered students hands on experience conducting scientific monitoring projects in a wetland environment. Students will learn how to set up a research project, conduct environmental surveys and identify a variety of terrestrial and marine organisms.
The Youth to Sea Wetland Survey Placement provided participants valuable hands-on experience in the scope of wetland restoration and wildlife management. Participants received training in various scientific methodologies and techniques that can be used to monitored the health and biodiversity of terrestrial and aquatic environments. In collaboration with the Stanley Park Ecological Society, the participants spent an afternoon at their nature house learning about the importance of wetlands and the organisms that inhabit them. As part of the placement, participants put their new knowledge and skills to use by conducting research projects where they compiled and analyzed data to determine the biodiversity and water quality in our local wetland ecosystems. Along the way, they were also able to identify over 35 different species of birds! Through their projects, the team was able to explore careers in biology and wildlife management as well as contribute to citizen science iNaturalist databases.
Examples of projects included: Avian biodiversity in Stanley Park, Frog diversity, and water quality comparisons.