East Georgia State College students and EGSC-Statesboro Professor Jason Lee attended an Adopt-A-Wetland training session on Saturday, November 23, 2019. The training was hosted by UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant. The training was held from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the UGA Skidaway Institute of Oceanography.
Participants, including the EGSC Statesboro Bobcats Conservation Club, were able to learn about the importance of the coastal wetlands and were trained on how to monitor their health. The Adopt-A-Wetland program was designed to increase public awareness of water quality issues, train citizens to monitor and protect wetlands and collect baseline wetland health data.
The training was four hours long and incorporated classroom instruction, outdoor sampling assessments, and biological survey lab investigations. Workshop activities involved hands-on training on how to collect water quality data such as temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, and salinity. Participants learned how to measure the biodiversity of the marshlands and waterways. The training session was free and open to the public.
All who attended from East Georgia State College’s Statesboro Bobcats Conservation Club scored well on the exam and became certified. The students who became certified were Autumn Lee, Chris Glisson, and Madeline Tallent. Professor Jason Lee was also certified.