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KWERI Students

Pelicans at the south end of Agency Lake

KWERI hopes to start by recruiting interested young people from Chiloquin High School, but we will also reach out to others in the area. We hope to identify a small group of motivated individuals interested in this type of field work. Our project leaders will speak to our students and explain the project goals and needs. We will train students in the field techniques necessary for gathering data and samples to suit the needs of the project. They will be provided with written Standard Operating Procedures for conducting each Test Method. Of course, this will involve hands-on experience in the wetlands of the area. We will discuss with the students the details of the techniques and the reasoning behind the choices made along the way. We will discuss the data analysis methods, the results of the analyses and conclusions that can be drawn. We expect publish the results of many of our projects, and students that participate in work that gets published will be acknowledged in print commensurate with their contributions. We believe it will be an eye-opening experience for young people of our area to see their names in scientific journals and government technical reports.

To begin, because our current staff and projects are largely plant oriented, the focus will be on vegetation monitoring projects tracking the progress of wetland restoration in the wetlands surrounding Agency Lake. Excursions are also planned into native areas such as the Upper Klamath Wildlife Refuges to provide the control perspective on the data we gather. As time goes on and resources expand we will broaden the scope of our wetland research support to include a wider variety of projects.

Students will gain the following types of skills and knowledge:

We believe that experiences such as we are trying to provide for young adults at KWERI will serve to bring the art and science of wetland management home to students. That it will help them see scientific methods more intimately, to see research less as something distant in some far off institution, but rather something well within their grasp. We hope it will encourage some to aspire to further academic pursuits and we are certain that such experiences will facilitate such efforts. Perhaps some of those students will pursue their careers at KCC, OIT, U of O and OSU through faculty associated with our organization or others. If they leave the basin in search of academic horizons, we hope some will come home and help us solve our problems managing the resources of this beautiful basin.