Salmon Coalition Brings Students to the Bugs and the Bugs to the Students
This past week the Salmon Coalition led local students in two different macro invertebrate lessons. The first took Blue Heron 8th graders out to Snow Creek at two different sites to collect bugs, identify species, and make conclusions about the water quality based on what species they found. Students monitored both an upper stream and lower esturine site and made comparisons.
For the second curriculum, Salmon Coalition staff collected bugs (or “macros”) in containers and brought them in to the Chimacum 6th grade science class to look at under microscopes. Both schools compared the findings of these biological water health indicators to the results of chemical and physical water quality testing that they did with their teachers. Students learned about the different types of water monitoring and how this relates to broader environmental issues such as stream complexity, forest health and climate change.