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WSU Whatcom County Extension office has moved!

Our office is now located at: 600 Dupont Street, Suite A, Bellingham, WA  98225

Water Bugs

Water Bugs

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EXPLORER
Skill Level: One

Looking at Bugs
Aquatic Sampling

Activity:

What’s swimming in your stream?

 

Objective: Discover biodiversity by observing freshwater insects and other macro invertebrates.
Science Skills: Observation
Life Skill: Communicating, record keeping

ENGAGER
Skill Level: Two

"Caddisfly Larvae" - University Bug Scope, University of Illinois
Caddisfly Larvae

Activity:

What’s swimming in your stream? – The Sequel

 

Objective: Compare stream sites and discover the elements that support biotic integrity.
Science Skills: Observation, Comparing and Measuring, Hypothesizing, Using Tools
Life Skill: Communicating, Critical Thinking, Record keeping

CITIZEN-SCIENTIST
Skill Level: Three

"Strider" - Photo used with permission, Robert B. Suter PhD
Strider

Activity:

Bringing life back to the streams

 

Objective: Assess and improve biotic integrity of local streams
Science Skills: Relating, Collecting and Interpreting Data, Applying Learning
Life Skill: Responsible Citizenship, Contribution to Group Effort, Community Service