Field season for the Delaware Bayshore Habitat Restoration Team is wrapping up! But before the busy season comes to an end a high school student came along to shadow Habitat Restoration Coordinator Quinn Whitesall and Habitat Restoration Technician Toni Rose Tablante for a routine sampling day.
Shane Faucett, a junior at Pennsylvania’s Nazareth Area High School whose family helps tag horseshoe crabs with the Society every year, chose to trade his classroom for the bay to fulfill his school’s professional shadowing requirement.
A rare 70-degree day in November made for a perfect time on the beach. While we waited for low tide, Shane asked career-related questions, while also inquiring about the Society’s work. As the day went on and the tide went out, Toni Rose and Shane geared up with waders and life jackets to see what could be found on our intertidal reef.
Once in the water, Shane assisted with the reef monitoring protocol, which included identifying and counting benthic and encrusting organisms in a randomly placed square (aka quadrat). Sampling was conducted on the reef’s front side (facing the beach) and back side (facing the bay). Everything was recorded on data sheets, and the process was repeated at another reef.
It was a great sampling day and was rewarding for everyone involved!
If you have any career-related inquiries for the Delaware Bayshore Habitat Restoration Team, contact Quinn email@example.com or Toni Rose firstname.lastname@example.org.