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Wednesday, April 11 • 11:15am - 11:30am
SYMPOSIA-11: USFWS Urban Wildlife Refuge Program: High School Students Restore Habitat and Measure the Effects on Insect Diversity in New Haven, CT

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AUTHORS: Georgia Basso, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

ABSTRACT: In partnership with Common Ground High School, an environmentally-focused charter school in New Haven CT, the USFWS and Audubon Connecticut worked with students to restore habitat in New Haven, CT. The project started small, with a few vacant lots, but quickly expanded to numerous, strategically designed restoration projects across the city. These urban restoration sites were developed and cared for, in large part, by the local high school students at Common Ground.Several of the students wanted to study the ecological impact of this restoration effort. Working side by side with professionals from USFWS and Audubon Connecticut, the students designed a 5 year study to measure changes in plant, insect, and bird diversity at the urban restoration sites. Within the first 3 years of the study the students identified over 5,000 insects, uncovered data that prompted them to modify their restoration design, and published their findings in one regional and one national publication. Projects like this demonstrate how urban restoration can bring a measurable positive gains to pollinators and people living in urban areas like New Haven, CT.Does Urban Habitat Restoration Work? Wrack Lines, University of Connecticut. (2015) 15:2. (http://media.ctseagrant.uconn.edu/publications/magazines/wracklines/fallwinter15/urban.pdf)Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership Gives Connecticut Students a Taste of Science. Refuge Update, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (2015) 12:6. (http://www.fws.gov/refuges/RefugeUpdate/pdfs/refUp_NovDec_2015.pdf)

Wednesday April 11, 2018 11:15am - 11:30am
Grant Park Parlor

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