Exploration of Aquatic Microbes in Squam Lake: The Invisible Zoo Around You

Friday, July 14, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

This Week's Program:

The world of the minuscule and infinitesimal is a thriving place, without which none of us would be here. A peek into a microscope shows the otherwise invisible beings that maintain the lake and land we hold so dear. Both aquatic and terrestrial systems will be explored in this program, providing a more complete understanding of the flora and fauna that surrounds us. We will meet at the SLA and boat to the middle of piper cove where we will collect a zooplankton sample. We will discuss the vast amount of life that goes unnoticed and the important roles it plays. The sample and other forms of microbes will be analyzed back at SLA using a microscope.

This Week's Intern Guide: 

My name is Alice Goldstein-Plesser and I am from Durham, North Carolina. This May I graduated from Goucher College, located in Baltimore, with a major in biological sciences and a minor in chemistry. My interests include mushrooming, cooking, microbiology and tennis.  

SLA's Adventure Ecology Trips:

Every Friday from June 16 through August 18, the Squam Lakes Association offers free programs open to the public on a variety of nature and conservation related topics. The Adventure Ecology programs are presented by the Squam Conservation Interns who spend their summers on Squam performing important conservation work in support of the Association's mission. Click here for more information about the Adventure Ecology program.

Other Adventure Ecology Trips during the summer of 2017:                          



Squam Conservation Internship:

The Squam Conservation Internship provides skills and experience for future conservation professionals while working as the driving force behind the SLA's conservation mission. This volunteer internship provides hands-on conservation work experience and certification over a broad range of activities. Interns serve as campsite hosts and caretakers at our backcountry campsites, work toward the eradication of variable milfoil, help to preserve loon populations on the lakes, engage both youth and adults in environmental education, and perform other conservation duties such as shoreline restoration and trail maintenance and construction. Learn more about the internship program here.