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Chris Merkord

Graduate students work to restore Cat Island

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UW-Green Bay graduate students conduct research and habitat restoration on Cat Island, Green Bay, November 2013
For some, Cat Island is just a lump of land that juts out north of the Fox River and into Green Bay. But for UW-Green Bay graduate students Tim Flood and Tom Prestby — each is enrolled in the Environmental Science and Policy graduate program — it is a valuable piece of property for graduate research and habitat restoration.

Flood and Prestby were two of the eleven students selected for the 2013-14 Cofrin or Land Trust student research grants. Students apply for the grants to conduct research projects on topics of conservation and management of natural areas throughout Northeast Wisconsin.

 

Prestby spends four or five days each week during migration months at 13 sites around Green Bay monitoring shore birds to research the locations the shore birds are using most. He said the Cat Island site is, by far, the best site to locate habitat variety. When he began his research, he hoped to identify 25 different species of birds on the Island, but was surprised to find more than 30 species, including some that are listed as endangered (which ones?).

 

Read more: http://news.uwgb.edu/featured/leading-learning/12/05/graduate-students-cat-island/

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