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Orly's Class Goes to the Vernal Pool

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Last week our class went to BEEC. We went to explore the vernal pool. The first thing we did is set up our lab with a tray, bucket, nets, magnifying glasses, and a recording sheet. Then we gathered water in a pail and dumped it in our tray to observe it better. We noticed organisms moving in the water. One of them was a salamander larva. Have you ever been to a vernal pool? I enjoyed going to learn about many organisms. It was fun. By Bobby

Our class went to BEEC last week. We worked in groups to look at organisms in labs. To look closer at them we used some nets, magnifying tools, buckets, and recording sheets. We found diving beetles and copepods. There are a lot of living things in the vernal pool. By Rylee

Read on to learn about some organisms we found.

On Thursday, May 10th, we visited the vernal pool. When we saw the vernal pool it was muddy and leaves were on the ground. I saw a mayfly nymph. It has three tails and six legs. On its sides are gills. They are like sails flapping back and forth. The mayfly nymph jumped while it was in the water. It walks around on its six legs fast. It was cool!  By Sam

We went to BEEC last week and I found an interesting thing when we were there. I looked in the book for it and it was not in the book. The teacher could not name it. But we do think it is a larva of some sort. It was see through except for the lines and dots. By Alex

I am writing about the cool caddisfly nymph. It looks like its home is made out of leaves and sticks. It’s big on one side and small on the other. I think it eats algae. It lives in fresh water. It lives in a vernal pool and it’s in the water until spring. Then it lives out of the water. I think the caddisfly nymph is so cool. By Hannah

One organism my class found was a caddisfly nymph. It was cool. My group found it in its home and it barely moved when we put it in our bucket. The caddisfly nymph had a home that looked like an acorn and it has three little things that come out of its home. We did not find a caddisfly, we only found the nymph. My group caught the caddisfly nymph in a deep part of the vernal pool. It looked like a piece of acorn but when we put it in the water the small leg things came out. It was really cool. We caught lots of other organisms, but I think the caddisfly nymph was one of the good ones to write about. By Eric

One organism we found at the vernal pool was named the blood worm. He/she was red with lines. I think it is a boy/girl so I call it herm. I think it breathes through its tail. Herm squirms a lot. Herm curls into a ball. Herm is small. If its home dries up it will die. By Maddy

When my class and I went to BEEC, I held a predaceous diving beetle. It was brown and moved around a lot. I came up with a name for it: the Brown Bandit. I put it in a tray with water in it. It chased a lot of the small insects. It is a very interesting animal and I really enjoyed going to the vernal pool. By Max

Last week, my class went to BEEC. One of the organisms was a salamander larva. This organism moves by its tail. It breaths by using its gills (which are very feathery) and it is an amphibian so it will grow to be a land animal. It is also the color of brown. The salamander larva is a very interesting organism. By Abby

One organism we found is a caddisfly nymph. This organism makes its own house made with sticks and leaves. It’s cool. Also I think that it eats leaves. Also I think it has six legs. I think caddisfly nymphs are very cool and awesome to look at. By Joe

We went to a vernal pool last week. We each got put into a group. In our group, we got stuff to catch things in the vernal pool. We used nets to catch things. We caught stuff such as a salamander larva which is like the first stage of a salamander’s life. We also saw a blood worm. A blood worm is a small reddish worm and it squirms to move. We saw some tadpoles with big heads and small heads. A tadpole is the first stage of a frog’s life cycle and it has a long tail to move. And that is what we saw at the vernal pool. So go to a vernal pool! By Katharine

One of the most interesting organisms we found was a salamander larva. The salamander larva looked a lot like a tadpole but had feathery gills sticking out. It looked like they swam side to side or shot straight forward to move. The ones we saw were black. Maybe they’re different colors in a different vernal pool. It was so cool to see all those salamander larvae and I can’t wait to go back to BEEC! By Katrina

Our class went to BEEC last week. One animal that we saw was a salamander larva. A salamander larva is a salamander baby. A salamander larva uses its tail to swim. We also could see its gills sticking out. And that is what I know about salamander larvae. By Claire

One organism we found is a finger nail clam. It is smaller than your pinky finger nail! It is a light yellow color. It is shaped like a clam but smaller and yellow. My group found four of them at the vernal pool at BEEC. How we found the four finger nail clams is we scooped down into the leaves and pulled up. We got one about every two scoops. We found a lot of animals at the vernal pool but I liked the finger nail clam the most. By Gregory

Last Thursday my class went to BEEC. We saw animals and fished them up to examine. One of them, which I will tell you about, was the salamander larva. The salamander larva looked a bit like the spotted salamander but it had no legs. It had something furry on the side of its head called gills. It also had a brown and yellow-dotted body. It swam with its tail moving side to side as if it were an excited dog wagging its tail. Yes, the time I went to BEEC, we caught some salamander larvae who will soon no longer be larva but salamanders. By Ezra

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 May 2012 09:54  


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