Lettuce Lake Park Tampa Most Famous Attractions Report
Now that you have completed all course modules, you should be familiar with the basic components of a wetland. Effective wetland management includes describing the important characteristics of wetlands to evaluate wetland resources and function within the landscape. This helps us determine their value and role in a watershed as well as assess associated risks to prioritize protection. In this field trip, you are tasked with visiting a wetland of your choice and writing a report. Read these instructions in their entirety before making your field visit.
Be able to describe important characteristics of a wetland in context using appropriate terminology
Demonstrate an understanding of key wetland indicators in the field
Interpret the factors potentially involved in protecting said wetland and offer some insight into determining possible conservation concerns
You must visit a wetland; this can be any wetland area as long as you physically attend the site. No virtual sites will be accepted unless you have an SDS accommodation, are located in an area without wetlands, or have some other need to do so that is cleared by the instructor before the due date. Some suggestions on or near campus include Riverfront Park at USF and Lettuce Lake Park. However, any wetland will suffice, including those directly on campus or near where you live, so long as you pick just one. While you are there you will take detailed notes including pictures of the wetland vegetation, soils, water, and human impacts. You will then write a report following the outline provided. The report must be organized into sections labeled with headings matching the outline. Each section should consist of paragraphs describing your field observations, referencing your images as appropriate. The outline describes the content you should include in each section of your report. You must use the headings below (e.g. Introduction) to organize your paper.
Highlight the importance of wetlands and why they play a critical role in the landscape
Take a selfie of yourself with your wetland and include it in this section of the report. It is important that you do this at the beginning of your report to ensure it was you who visited your site!
State the name of the site where you made your visit
Description of Site: provide a general study area description
Where is it located, and what type of wetland is it? Also, mention when (date and
time of day) you made your observations
Describe the geomorphology, climate, or other important factors
How much open water is there vs vegetation?
What is the significance or history of this site?
You may want to consult external references, as appropriate, but cite them
Take a “big picture” of the site and include it in this section of the report. Similar to those pictures seen in the lecture slides, it should be possible to identify the type of wetland based on this picture
- Vegetation and Biota: identify and describe
Which of these species are hydrophytes?
What wetland plant adaptations can you see?
Do you notice any other wetland biota, especially wildlife? What did you observe?
Based on this information, does it meet wetland criteria for having an abundance of
Describe what you can about the soil type based on what you can see Note: You are not to disturb public sites in any way; use above-ground
State what indicators of hydric soils you would expect to find if you were to look at the soil profile.
Use the USDA Soil Survey to describe the soils (what Soil Map Units, their major characteristics, such as depth, drainage class, texture, and so forth)
Which hydric soil indicators are present? Take pictures of any visible signs of these indicators.
Based on your findings, does the site meet the criteria of having hydric soils?
Conclusion: Wetland Policy and Management
To the best of your knowledge, is your wetland naturally occurring or part of a restoration effort? Pictures of the surrounding area may be beneficial to include here.
What are the human impacts on the wetland?
Based on the previous information, what do you think are some of the functions or benefits your particular wetland provides?