More Benthic Macroinvertebrates

Last week was officially the Week of Benthic Macroinvertebrates around here, as we discussed those little bugs with the kids at Embudo and with our Earth Sciences class at McCurdy High School.

Classroom days are always difficult. Being outside is so much more fun and interesting. For class last Thursday, we brought part of the Rio Chama to McCurdy High School in the form of benthic macroinvertebrates. We collected these during our teacher training two weeks ago, and we found some really interesting ones.

We began class with a very short discussion of benthic macroinvertebrates, and then students were on their own. They selected samples, examined them under a microscope, and recorded their findings in their science notebooks.

Checking out the "bugs" under a microscope.
Checking out the “bugs” under a microscope.
Sample Benthic Macroinvertebrate.
Sample Benthic Macroinvertebrate.

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Look at the gills on this mayfly!
Look at the gills on this mayfly!
One student's drawing of their benthic macroinvertebrates.
One student’s drawing of their benthic macroinvertebrates.

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The students did a fantastic job with this activity, and we look forward to testing their skills in a few weeks on the Rio Chama when we have our all day field trip!

Christy

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