HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday thru Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.
Plankton are organisms drifting in oceans, seas, rivers, lakes, ponds; in salt water and in freshwater. The amount and types of plankton present give us information about food web interactions and water quality. Data from the zooplankton project and water quality data help us understand food web and habitat interactions, deepening our understanding of the ecology of Otter Point Creek.
Because plankton are not visible to the unaided eye, their importance can be overlooked. We know that other "unseen" factors that influence life in the Bay can have devastating effects if they are out of balance. For example, water with low levels of dissolved oxygen "looks" perfectly normal yet can cause fish kills.
Zooplankton Monitoring Citizen Science Program - Mesozooplankton ("medium-sized") are collected once per week from April to October at ACLEC's Pontoon Pier. The pier has a DNR continuous water quality monitoring station which records environmental data. The samples are brought back to the lab, counted, and the data is entered into an Excel spreadsheet which includes water quality and weather data.
Contact project coordinator, Kathleen Baker-Brosh, Ph.D, Research Naturalist at 410-612-1688 or firstname.lastname@example.org