Aug. 16 Floating Classroom reviews invasive species, including flathead catfish and impacts they can have
Nearly 60 people participated in the August 16, 2022, Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association Floating Classroom aboard the Hiawatha Paddleboat near Williamsport.
Megan Schall, assistant professor of biology at Penn State-Hazleton, joined masters student Sydney Stark to provide an overview of invasive species in our greater watershed.
Megan talked downstairs about different invasive species, including rusty crayfish using an ID game and discussed how these species got into our waterways, the impacts they have and tips on how to stop the spread of these species.
Sydney presented on the upper level specifically about the flathead catfish and current research she is doing to get a better idea of how these fish are impacting our ecosystem. She talked about their size, diet, habits and other reasons they pose a threat.
Here is an overview video of some of the topics discussed:
A photo gallery from the morning's sessions:
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