On Sunday, July 23rd, UW Emeritus Limnology Professor John Magnuson guided 9 attendees around the Class of 1918 Marsh. Throughout the tour, John provided historical context of the marsh. For example, the marsh was once an experimental corn field - an unexpected origin for such an ecosystem!
First on our trip was heading to the boardwalk lookout. This provided a great view of the pond hidden behind all the cattails. The lookout also boasted an intriguing feature: a sign displaying a phone number to call and listen to topics about the marsh. John encouraged attendees to dial the number and so we listened to a few tracks.
The last stop on our trip was visiting the spot where a giant snow pile lays in the winter. Professor Magnuson explained that they are closely monitoring the sodium concentrations and salt levels resulting from the snow melt caused by this massive snow pile. This sparked a range of conversations within the group, as we were all curious to learn about the current data.
Report and photos by Diana Tapia Ramon