On May 18, 2018, the CWDD's Senior Research Technician Janel Roberge traveled to Woodstock, VT to take part in the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park's annual BioBlitz event. Acting as the Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Specialist, Janel led a group of roughly thirty 2nd grade students from the Prosper Valley School, Reading Elementary School, and Woodstock Elementary School through a macroinvertebrate investigation session.Students used microscopes (a first for many of them) and tallied up how many taxa of aquatic insect they found in a stream. Students then used this information to help determine whether or not said stream was healthy.
These young scientists investigated water quality by identifying aquatic macroinvertebrates.
Students from Reading Elementary investigate a pond habitat during Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park's annual BioBlitz event.
Using the microscopes was an exciting adventure for students from Reading Elementary School, Woodstock Elementary School, and The Prosper Valley School.