Author

Sabrina Green

Date of Award

12-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Environmental and Forest Biology

Thesis Advisor

William M. Shields

Abstract

When monitoring the health and any changes in an ecosystem, having a baseline of species present in the area is important to be able to monitor changes over time. I was interested in the bee and wasp species richness at the Seneca Meadows Wetland Preserve in Seneca Falls, New York as it is a five year old restored wetland with a diverse range of habitat types. I hypothesized that the esker habitat, at the crux between wetland and upland habitat would have the greatest species richness. Using cup traps and sweep netting, I obtained and identified specimens from five major wetland types observed at the wetland. I found a total of 34 bee and wasp species, but could not detect any significant differences between habitat types.

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