Data Collection

I’m finally collecting data!! I feel as though I’ve been fighting the weather and it’s been slightly discouraging but that’s just how field work goes sometimes. I finished one and a half transects out of three that I’m taking samples from. I have a love/hate relationship with point-intercept sampling only because we would pass over dense sections of vegetation, as seen above on the sonar, and it wouldn’t be within our sample sections, so I feel like I’m missing out on some data. It’s a good thing I’m doing a methods comparison as a part of my work. The picture on the right is of some filamentous algae collected in a rake sample. The rake survey method is one of my methods I’ll be using along with a hydroacoustic survey and a visual observation survey to estimate the percent ground cover of submerged aquatic vegetation in East Bay of Flathead Lake.

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