Votis asks students about their observations as students work on sifting sediment. Gabe West holds a rock that was included in their sampling.
Votis asks students about their observations as students work on sifting sediment. Gabe West holds a rock that was included in their sampling.
The Three Lakes High School global science class, taught by Al Votis, spent a day last week studying Virgin Lake. They started the day off at the lake, accompanied by members of the Three Lakes Waterfront Association and Stephanie Boismenue, Oneida County aquatic invasive species coordinator. During the morning, students gathered water samples and aquatic plant life from Virgin Lake. They returned to the classroom in the afternoon to analyze the samples. The field trip was part of a unit on limnology. Virgin Lake does have Eurasian water milfoil in it, and the students were able to help remove some of the plants as well as learn the difference between native milfoil and the invasive Eurasian water milfoil. —Photos By Jennifer West