Aquatic Plant Surveys

The Discover Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom conducts a variety of macrophyte plant surveys each year, focused on both specific invasive species and the general plant population in the lake.  We utilize a simple "rake-toss" methodology.

Once samples are collected, there are several options for making observations and recording data:

  1. Plant identification using dichotomous and other visual keys
  2. Delineation of plant community:  diversity, density and dominance.
  3. Collection and observations of other aquatic life supported by macrophyte plants - insect larvae, crustacaens and other invertebrates. 

For help with identifying macrophytes on your own, check out the Macrophyte ID Booklet developed by Discover Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom high school interns!

Under construction; more to come!