Our Junior Naturalists ended 2017 with a field trip to Fisherman’s Park in Bastrop to learn about Fish and Aquatic Invertebrates. The activities were led by Master Naturalists Bill Brooks (fish) and Alysa Joaquin (aquatic invertebrates), with Master Naturalists Kim Iberg, Kelly Alecci, and Nancy Rabensburg helping out. The Junior Naturalists practiced casting a fishing line, learned about habitats, and searched for invertebrates in the river to look at in the microscope. A big THANK YOU to Master Naturalists Cat and Frank May for cooking lunch for everybody!
Master Naturalist Michelle Belden was there to document the day on video:
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Junior Naturalists with the parents and Master Naturalist volunteers; Ruby spot damselfly
The Colorado River beach at Fisherman’s Park in Bastrop, TX; Mayfly nymph
A Junior Naturalist’s fly friend (she found him in the water and he wouldn’t leave!)
Adult mayfly; Bill Brooks shows off his “pet” skunk
Adult mayfly and adult caddisfly as seen in the microscope
Mayfly nymph as seen in the microscope. Note the gills on the side of the body.