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Citizen Science: Invasive Species Restoration Class Project

By Michell Ganoza
Gambell

Gambell students launching a science investigation.

Gambell students launching a science investigation.

The Gambell Earth Science and Biology classes are investigating the impact of dandelions, an invasive species on St. Lawrence Island and developing a plan to eliminate their threat to the native plant population. The students are surveying the area around the village and along the beaches for the plants to begin the removal process. More than half of Alaska’s invasive species have inhabited Alaska since statehood.

Students studying what they have found.

Students studying what they have found.

A student examining a native plant.

A student examining a native plant.

Students surveying plants.

Students surveying plants.

Gambell students learning about the area in the Citizen Science project.

Gambell students learning about the area in the Citizen Science project.

Dandelions are pervasive and tough plants that originate from Europe. They are now found throughout the United States stretching from Puerto Rico to Anchorage, and villages such as Unalakleet and now Savoonga and Gambell. The students are excited to be part of the citizen science project, an example of community-based problem solving. The students are excited to be part of a permanent solution while improving the environment and restoring the natural habitat.



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