Members of the Davidson Lab are collaborating with an interdisciplinary team of scientists from Sacramento State and other organizations (led by Dr. Michelle Stevens, Environmental Studies) to help develop a restoration plan for Bushy Lake. Bushy Lake is a small urban-influenced lake off the American River Parkway in Sacramento. While this lake suffers from urban-related disturbances (water quality, invasive species, debris), a wide variety of wildlife use this urban lake as habitat (see pictures below from Dr. Jamie Kneitel). Thus, this site has the potential of becoming a key refuge for threatened native species, such as western pond turtles and various waterfowl.
The Davidson and Kneitel Labs at Sacramento State are currently conducting preliminary sampling to assess the abundances of invasive and native aquatic invertebrates. Once we finalize our sampling and survey design, we will conduct longer term sampling to better characterize the aquatic community and food web dynamics over time. Ultimately, this information will help us understand the aquatic food web at Bushy Lake and determine what additional control or management options may be necessary to restore this lake for native species. For more information see the Bushy Lake Restoration project website.
Images above provided by Dr. Jamie Kneitel