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.