SWFL Nature Festival - Big Cypress National Preserve – A Quest for Quicksilver

Jan 15, 2017, 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Focus: Science— This trip will focus on the nation-wide citizen science effort to measure mercury levels across our National Parks.

Field Trip Description: Lurking in swamps is an invisible threat more dangerous than any scaly reptile. Join Ranger Amly Washuta in Big Cypress National Preserve to learn about an ambitious effort to measure mercury. First, attend an engaging program highlighting the significance of mercury in the environment, how dragonfly nymphs can be used as an indicator of this heavy metal, and our partnership with a local school to assist sampling. Then travel to a site in the preserve and step into the swamp for a hands-on experience in sampling dragonfly nymphs (and other amazing critters!) using dip nets. $15