🌲 During field trips into the Santa Fe Upper Municipal Watershed, 5th graders explore the area looking for signs of animals. What sorts of animals do they find evidence of living in the upper watershed?
🦌 Mule deer are often spotted around Nichols Reservoir and sometimes flocks of turkey are seen scampering up the hillsides. Also at the reservoir, osprey are often spotted, as well as Canada geese and Mallard ducks. Small furry critters include Albert's and red squirrels along with their neighbor, the chipmunk. Mountain lion scat has been identified, as well as momma black bear tracks along with her cub, and last week a couple of hike participants spotted a mother bobcat and her kitten! Unfortunately, as far as we know "Marty" the moose has not come into the upper watershed but 5th graders will remain on the lookout! 👀
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🤩 Fifth grade field trips into the Santa Fe Upper Municipal Watershed are well underway this fall!
🌿 Students explore the watershed looking for indicators of the overall health. One indicator that students study is benthic macroinvertebrates. What can these bugs that live under the rocks at the bottom of the river tell us? Some aquatic macroinvertebrates are intolerant, which means that they can only survive successfully in clean, cool, healthy waters. These are organisms such as caddisfly and mayfly larvae. Other macroinvertebrates are somewhat tolerant such as dragonfly larvae and tolerant such as aquatic worms. The higher the ratio of intolerant macroinvertebrates to tolerant that we find, the healthier the water is. Students sort and then identify the macroinvertebrates to make their own conclusions about the health of the river in the watershed!