Native Species

By: Trenton 103 + Gus 109

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Native Animals

Onondaga Lake has a surprising number of fish species present, and you never know what species you may end up catching next. Some of the gamefish found in the lake are channel catfish, tiger musky, northern pike, walleye, common carp, largemouth and smallmouthbass. The small mouth bass is the most competitive fish in the lake.(
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Native Plants

Plants provide food and medicine for the people. Different plant communities provide habitat around and in the lake: water plants, wetlands, emergent wetlands, trees and shrubs. We will work to be sure that the native plants of the area will be found around the lake. In order to heal the lake, the species that originally existed in symbiosis with the lake must be restored. We will restore the relationship between people and plants, so that medicinal plants can be honored and used and will thrive. We will honor the changing climate in restoring the lake, so that native species and varieties that have thrived in slightly warmer climates will be present, and we will manage invasive species responsibly.
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Native Species and what happens to them Lake's fishery can also affect the lake. This became all too clear in 2003 when a small fish called the alewife suddenly became very abundant in Onondaga Lake. This species feeds heavily on small lake animals called zooplankton and also on larvae of other fish. An important type of zooplankton was eradicated by the alewives. Since those zooplankton help clear the lake’s water by feeding on algae, the result was that water clarity actually declined. It appears that the alewives have also negatively affected reproduction of some fish species such as yellow perch and sunfish by feeding on their larvae. Onondaga County in cooperation with Cornell University will continue to monitor the effect of alewives on the Onondaga Lake food web.
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Native Plants and what happens to them

We are grateful that that there are wild foods around the Lake.
The land around the Lake gave us wild foods that our people used daily and enjoyed before they became unsafe or disappeared. In upland gardens we grew the Three Sisters: corn, beans, and squash. Berry plants fed people while they were at work and play. Wetland plants such as cattails provided tubers and pollen. These foods give nourishment for strong bodies and minds.
We will clean the land around the Lake so that traditional plantings and gardens can be restored. Corn, beans, squash, berries, and fruit trees will be planted not just for us, but for all creation. Native wetlands will be restored and will include food and medicinal plants. We know that the food and medicinal plants will heal the land.

On this we agree.

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Onondaga Lake

What we saw

While at Onondaga lake we saw a lot of cool things like dredging boats and we saw the signs and what they said and saw some interesting on the signs like u can 't walk dogs 6 ft leashes or longer. we also saw an restaurant near the lake it was a fun experience and i would love to go back!!!!
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