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Wetlander's Pick of the Posts Cape students help create vernal pools in Falmouth and Chatham

By Doug Fraser – Cape Cod Times– April 5, 2016
The backhoe operator rested the knuckle of the big shovel on the peaty turf at the edge of a sand and clay pit.
He leaned out the window and waited as Thomas Biebighauser helped Jaiden Wiles, a seventh grader in science teacher Melinda Forist’s class, extend a fiberglass “stick” upwards from the center of the pit until a sensor on the tip detected the beam of a laser from a surveying instrument in the woods, and started beeping. Biebighauser, a recently retired wildlife biologist and wetland ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service, explained how the laser helps ensure they were digging the 40-foot diameter hole to the 24 inch depth required to attract the right woodland species to two vernal pools they were creating on land adjacent to the Monomoy Regional Middle School in Chatham. For full story, click here.

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