This week was quite eventful for our group. After previously deciding on an invasive species tour, we took to the streets visiting areas where we suspected our chosen invaders would be living. This quickly grew complicated as we realized a downtown area tends to be heavily manicured, making it not only difficult to find an invasive species, but even more difficult to have a visual representation of the destruction these species have caused, as much of it has been removed. Because of this difficulty, we have approached Science City, a local learning space about collaborating on the project with us.
The main purpose of our visit was a two-fold of; finding out what information the center already had about local invasive species, and to examine the way children were encouraged to discover through play. The visit proved to be beneficial to both parties as the owner, Tony Sabo, explained there was a multitude of space available to work with, some of which had already been tailored to invasive species, but a few key pieces of work missing from the exhibition. We are currently working to make Science City our central location, where parties could meet, take the tour and then return for further interaction and information.
The image above shows one of the incomplete invasive species for their exhibition. It reads, “There are 185 known non-indigenous species in the Great Lakes. It is expected that we will discover a new species every 7 months.”
In the coming weeks we will be investigating the idea of absence, and how it relates to the process of removing invasive species. Additionally, we will be working to create a unique emotion in each of our invaded locations.