This Monday I went to Nubanusit Lake in Nelson and sampled with Dave and Maurice. Kirsten, one of the full-time biologists at DES, came with me to freshen up on her VLAP skills. She normally works with the Lake Survey Program here which does similar testing but for lakes and ponds that do not have volunteers. We dropped off equipment to Silver Lake in Harrisville prior to sampling and enjoyed a beautiful day at Nubanusit. This lake is officially one of my new favorites and it also had a Secchi disk reading of close to 12 meters; indicating low algal growth and a clear view of the rocks and fish in shallower waters. Not only did we see a wide variety of wildlife but Maurice also pointed out the bald eagle that lives on the lake. We definitely had a memorable and enjoyable trip. After wrapping things up at Nubanusit, we picked up samples from Silver Lake. Roger and Sandy were the first volunteers I went sampling with so it was nice to see them again and catch up.
On Tuesday, I was scheduled to go to French Pond in Henniker. However, due to the thunderstorms my visit got canceled. I helped a co-worker collect cyanobacteria samples at a different pond and did lab work for the rest of the day.
Finally, on Wednesday, I was in lab. I ran samples and wrapped things up in lab. Today is my last day for the summer. I may return next summer, however it is also my last chance to study abroad which has been a dream of mine. On another note, I wanted to say thank you to everyone for making this summer so enjoyable. It has been a pleasure meeting you all! From blueberry muffins, learning how to row, almost going down a dam in a canoe, etc… I have a lot of good memories to thank you all for. And thank you to Sara, for being so awesome! You guys are what make this program so great.
Best of wishes to you all and enjoy the rest of your summer!
P.S. Richard, the pirates won the selfie contest! 🙂