Thank you, Deer Park!!

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What better way to spend an afternoon than looking at bugs?  Deer Park students did just that this week as they examined water samples taken from Willow Creek for aquatic insects and organisms, called macroinvertebrates. 

Students found lots of little creatures nestled among the leaves, sticks and sediment in the water samples including water boatmen, aquatic earthworms and snails.  These species are very tolerant to pollution and indicate water quality that contains a variety of pollutants.  Students from Rachel Carson Environmental Middle School and Deer Park Academy have been working very hard at Willow Creek this year to alleviate some of the water quality problems we experience at the site.  By planting native trees, they are working to halt bank erosion and runoff.  By removing invasive species, they are allowing deeper roots of native plants to take hold, growing tall to shade the stream and cool its temperature.

We had a great time removing blackberry, planting natives, building turtle habitat and doing macroinvertebrate testing with Deer Park over the past few months and we wish them all the best of luck.  We have learned so much from all of you and we hope you learned something too!  We look forward to hearing from you and can’t wait to meet our new Deer Park students in February!

2 thoughts on “Thank you, Deer Park!!

  1. Hey there Alex! thank you again for allowing me and my fellow students this amazing oppertuinity to work with you, SOLV, and to help the enviroment. I learned lots about native, and invasive plants. I also learned alot by those bugs that live inside the water. I also did a little bit of reasearch on them to. Well thank you again, and I can hopefully work with you, and SOLV again. If not with deer park, well then hopefully there is a program at sunset.

    • Hey Dalton! Thanks so much for keeping up with the blog; its been so great to work with Deer Park. We’re so glad to have you as a part of our Willow Creek team and you all did an amazing job pullin blackberry to clear room for all those great native plants. Keep us updated on how things are going at Sunset; hope we’ll see you again soon!

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