Baltimore Ecosystem Study Institute of Ecosystem Studies

2017 BES Annual Meeting Presentation and Poster Abstracts

BRANCHES Baltimore Ecosystem Study – Young Environmental Scientists (BES-YES)
Caplan, Bess
Co-Authors: Daija Burroughs, Duane Carver, David Coyle, Chrischand Lewis, Daniel Poblete, Corey Scott, Ellison Warmath, Dr. Chris Swan, Bess Caplan

Abstract: During the summer of 2017, the Baltimore Ecosystem Study continued its partnership with the Parks & People Foundation (PPF) to implement the Baltimore Ecosystem Study - Young Environmental Scientists (BES YES) BRANCHES team. Six Baltimore City High School students participated in a five-week, intensive ecological field experience working alongside educators and scientists to implement three field protocols: 1) pollinator and plant presence in vacant lots; 2) stream habitat assessments at BES stream study locations; and 3) mosquito mitigation and counts in west Baltimore. The students were part of PPF’s summer BRANCHES program where in addition to their field duties, they received enrichment programming including team building and financial literacy. The high school students were paid for their time through a partnership with the Baltimore City YouthWorks program. This poster presents a summary of the BES YES program with data results from the pollinator and plant study.