Rochester Institute of Technology has received a grant to continue studying the effects of invasive flora and fauna and their impact on bird habitat.
Waste Management’s High Acres Landfill and Recycling Center, in partnership with Keep America Beautiful, has received $4,000 to continue student research under the direction of environmental science professors Dr. Christy Tyler and Dr. John Waud.
Graduate and undergraduate students from RIT's Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences have been conducting research for the past three summers at High Acres Nature Area (HANA) in Perinton. Their research projects have focused on two areas: Controlling invasive plants and planting native species that enhance wetland habitat for birds and other wetland wildlife.
Additional students and volunteers licensed for bird banding are monitoring bird productivity and survivorship of birds nesting at HANA, and monitor marsh bird species considered “species of concern” within the Great Lakes Watershedcontribute data to the NYS Breeding Bird Survey.
This partnership of Waste Management, RIT and local volunteers has provided students with hands-on field research and ecological restoration experience in the environmental sciences, and contributed to preserving wetland habitat.