In the 4th quarter
we will be conducting a field study of two to three wetland areas in Pennsylvania.
These areas will include both natural and man-made wetlands. The field
study will consist of surveys of the flora and fauna in each of the wetlands
and an assessment of hydrological and geological characteristics of each.
This will allow us to effectively compare and contrast the two types of
wetlands. After considering several local and regional wetland areas we
have concluded that the best sites for us to conduct a field study would
be Marsh Creek in Chester County, Blue Marsh Lake in Berks County, and
the Thunder Swamp area in Pike County. Each of these areas was decided
on for certain reasons.
Swamp Area, Pike County
Marsh Lake, Berks County
Creek, Chester County
This field study
will include the production of a video highlighting the steps we took in
conducting our surveys of plant and animal life and in carrying out the
other steps of the field study. This video will serve as an effective visual
aide in displaying our comparison of the three wetland areas. Even further,
it will provide viewers with an idea of what the wetland environments in
Pennsylvania are like.
To guide us in
the steps involved in the field study we will be referring to a Student
Handbook set up by the Penn State Cooperative Wetland Center.
This Handbook can be found by clicking here.