Thursday, July 14, 2011
Wacky for Watersheds!
During our canoe trip today, we investigated different watersheds along French Creek. While we were going down French Creek, we could see that erosion was highly evident and that the water levels were low. We stopped half way through the trip so that our leaders, Jim and Brian, could educate us about mussels species and their habitat, eating rituals, and population numbers. Then, all of the campers went out into the water to try and find the different types of mussels. Finding dead mussels was also interesting because you are able to see the different colors of the shell insides; they ranged from pearl white to blue-green. Some species included rabbit foot, and the kidney mussels, which both looked very similar to their names. As we continued down the creek, we were able to observe how the creek varied in its landscape, such as water levels, rocks, and the amount of trees in the surrounding landscape. Canoeing was a bunch of fun!