A new collaborative effort at Rowe Sanctuary will expand the scientific knowledge of Platte River wet meadows and guide future management efforts.
Teams from the Crane Trust and Rowe Sanctuary have created 14 permanent transects on the sanctuary to monitor vegetation. These transects will provide data on the plants present at these locations and the height of those plants. Then, the information will be combined with bird and butterfly surveys done at the same locations to tell whether management activities are having the desired effect.
Our data will also feed into larger research projects, allowing for a greater understanding of our remaining Platte River wetlands and wet meadows.