“What defines an invasive species? Are humans an invasive species?”, one of my students asked me during lunch. Earlier that day he had asked a similar question in front of the whole group, but I had responded that we didn’t have enough time to get into a long debate about the contentious definition of an invasive species. I said that if he wanted, we could debate whether or not humans were an invasive species over lunch.
After a rainy weekend in Syracuse, NY it was finally warm and sunny on Monday (4/30). Making it the perfect day to clean up the surrounding woods and shorelines of a local lake, Green Lakes, near the Syracuse University campus. Lauren Sharkey, Julia Pope, Caroline Shamaline, Julia Brougher, and Alex Dodge spend about an hour and a half picking up trash that had accumulated throughout the woods. We noticed that a lot of the trash collected was food rapping and plastic cups. We believe this is because Green Lakes is a popular place for people to come and eat lunch as they admire the beautiful lake. However, we only filled two bags of garbage, which was surprising to us because of how popular this area is to go to. Overall, we felt proud to serve our community and help an organization preserve bodies of water, such as Green Lakes.
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