Saturday, October 3, 2020

On Call ...

I'm thrilled with my new role as the on-call aquatic plant identifier for our lake - people in our community can call and ask me to take a look at plants on their shoreline, to inspect for the invasive European Naiad, or they can leave a plant sample in a Ziploc bag for me at the office. 

I had my first call last week and I was out of the house like a shot: boots, net, bucket, plastic bags and field guide in hand. I couldn't wait to see what I was being called to identify. I was pleased to be able to say definitively and without a doubt, that the plant in question was NOT invasive. It didn't feel as if it was a waste of time, either. It was so exciting for me!




I've since updated my 'doctor's bag' for site calls to include a plant sample in a sealed, plastic jar that people can look at if they wish. This is me, happy as a clam.




6 comments:

Wendy said...

You are a super hero!!

Deb said...

I've been forgetting to wear my cloak!

Georgette said...

Great service! And your drawing made me smile.

Deb said...

Thanks, Georgette. Wish I could have portrayed my grinning face better behind the mask.

Shelley Burbank said...

Good job, Debbie! LOVE the drawing!

Deb said...

Thank you Shelley. It was a comment you made about my role that inspired this drawing.