4-H Campers Learn About Invasives

     GPS units, datasheets and clipboards in hand, young attendees at the 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp began to explore Lake Huron’s coastal wetlands, looking for invasive aquatic plants. Led by wetland ecologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Huron Pines, the 13 to 15 year olds gained first-hand experience while mapping one of the lake’s nuisance plant, phragmites australis. And this isn’t the only nuisance plant attendees encountered, as purple loosestrife, narrow-leaf cattail, buckthorn and spotted knapweed number among Wisconsin’s invasive woes.