Our purpose was to find out if the Goosefare Brook ecosystem is healthy. My group focused on biodiversity. Our method was to go to sites along the Goosefare Brook watershed and count the number of different plant and animal species we found. We used a quadrat to count the number of species in a square meter. We were looking for an invasive species, phragmites. We found that phragmites is not all over the watershed, but it is in three places. Where we found it, biodiversity was lower. We concluded that the ecosystem is fairly healthy but we need to control the phragmites population so it doesn’t spread.
"Goosefare Brook Watershed has Good Biodiversity but Phragmites is Invading,"
Findings from the Field: Vol. 1
, Article 7.
Available at: https://findings.gmri.org/journal/vol1/iss1/7