Last Thursday was our first river day with our Tierra Amarilla River Classroom! We began our exploration of the Rio Chama in Tierra Amarilla.
Our first task at this location was to explore the immediate vicinity. We grabbed our compasses, clipboards, and pencils and set out to identify signs of life.
Of course a big part of exploring a new river is skipping a few rocks and/or throwing a few stones in to check the water depth.
We also got to experience the magic of waders for the first time!
As we waded, we discussed the different parts of the river: pool, riffle, and run. We also began looking at benthic macroinvertebrates.
As the year progresses, we will be taking more detailed surveys of benthic macroinvertebrates, testing water quality, and exploring tributaries of the Rio Chama in the Tierra Amarilla area. Branching out to multiple rivers will allow us to gain a better sense of the health of the entire Rio Chama watershed. We’ve got a great group of students, and we can’t wait to start taking water quality measurements!