The City View Bug Explorers

City View Charter tromping through the wetland to collect macroinvertebrate samples

City View Charter hopping through the wetland to collect macroinvertebrate samples

City View Charter arrived at Council Creek (2/22) and it was pouring rain….again!  But they are a tough group!  At the creek, they took samples of macroinvertebrates.

City View teacher Ms. Tonya and her students

City View teacher Ms. Tonya and her students

Of course, this reed canarygrass dense wetland is not a likely spot to find sensitive stoneflies (it was also very muddy), but the students did find lots of snail shells and…. a LEECH!  Freshwater leeches like to spend time under rocks and leaves in slow-moving streams.  When a delicious prey comes along, like fish, frogs, turtles, they attach with their sucker jaws and release an enzyme that numbs their prey.  Then they release another enzyme that makes the blood from the prey flow more easily so they can feed on it… eww AND cool! They also have five pairs of eyes!  The better to see you with… and suck your blood!

They ended the day with a speedy installing of live willow cuttings in the wetland!

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