With that thought in mind, we discussed the different zones found in a wetland ecosystem and the species that are present (or absent) in each. Then the students were turned loose to sample and identify aquatic macroinvertebrates.
|Zones of a wetland|
|Students surrounded by cattails and fall leaves|
|Collecting and examining macroinvertebrates|
|Two fish in a washbasin|
|Students working along the shore|
|Looking for organisms in a pipette|
Because the students were working independently in their small groups, I was able to walk around giving occasional advice and identification help. I was also able to get a few photographs of the rapidly changing fall colors and a few of wildlife.
|Mating Meadowhawk dragonflies|
|Sunlight reflections through sedge leaves|
|Sun and clouds reflected among the lily pads|
|Swamp Milkweed seeds|
|Flocking Canada Geese|