River Classroom at the Rio Chama

Last Wednesday our 4th-6th grade Española River Classroom headed up to the Rio Chama below Abiquiu Dam to place our game cameras in different spots and to collect more benthic macroinvertebrates.

 

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Reviewing a few things on the bus before braving the wind
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Passing out waders

We’re really excited to have three new students in River Classroom, but we did have to review our wader safety rules.

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Discussing wader safety

Soon we were wading across the Rio Chama and searching the far bank for tracks and other signs of animal life.

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Checking a muddy area for tracks
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Pointing out an area with many tracks
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One student found a sign that a beaver has been here!
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Checking out signs of life in the river.

We placed our game cameras in different spots this time, hoping to catch some new animals.

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These students selected the first spot for a game camera.

 

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Placing the second game camera

After a quick lunch break, we headed back across the river to survey benthic macroinvertebrates in two different spots.

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Taking GPS points of our collection locations

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Our students love the Rio Chama!

We suspect that this may be one of our last benthic macroinvertebrate collections of the school year because the water level is expected to rise soon. We brought the samples back to NMWC, and we’re really excited about the data that we’ve collected!

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