“I’m searching for macros’ in the rain”

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Written by Stream Team Captain, Sam Neverick.  Photos by SOLVE Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest member, Nicole Poletto.

West Linn HS @ Rinearson Creek on 3.20 and 3.21.2013

“I’m searching for macros ‘ in the rain
Just searchin’ in the rain,
What a glorious feeling,
And all of our class is happy again.
I’m laughing at clouds
So dark, up above,
The sun’s in my heart  
And I’m ready for next month’s field day with SOLVE.” 

A revised/ more appropriate version of the song “Singing in the Rain”

West Linn High School student’s showed quite the high spirits while searching for macroinvertebrates in Rinearson Creek, in between rain showers and hail. Students learned about why we study macros (that actually live in the creek 24/7) versus just taking samples of the water from the creek. Students got up close and personal with these bugs and learned how to identify them. From Stoneflies,

                                                                                 to Mayflies,

                                                                                         to Caddisflies

                                                                                                 to True Flies, OH MY!

But before we got to identify our newly discovered friends, we had to catch them first!

West Linn Student's collecting samples (possible macroinvertebrates) in Rinearson creek

West Linn Student’s collecting samples in Rinearson creek

Student’s learned the proper techniques on how to collect “kicks” with their nets and the ideal spots to where these guys might be hiding (like in the riffles and under rocks).

After a lot of fun, West Linn students also learned about how these little guys give us information about the creek. For example, mayflies are much more tolerant to pollution than stoneflies.  Thus, the presence and absence of certain macros can tell us a lot about the health of the creek!

Students found small minnow mayflies, scuds, cased caddisflies, worms, snails, and even a leech!

We cannot say enough how much of a pleasure it is to work with such wonderful students! The dedication you guys have into making Rinearson Creek a healthy Watershed is what warms our hearts!

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