High School Watershed Students - July 16, 2018

Northwest Watershed Institute asked me and artist friend Glo to provide an art experience for their group of young stewards during their weeklong intensive camp stay at Fort Flagler, near PT. The kids were earnest and deeply interested in the environment, so it was easy to connect and engage them in the world of plankton and issues of ocean awareness. We looked at freshwater plankton collected from my own frog pond under the scope and found enough fascinating specimens to keep their focus during a plankton viewing and drawing session. They had spent the day on the nearby beach digging clams and learning about the biology of bivalves, so they were exhausted and happy to settle into quiet observation and sketching. 

 Looking at pond water samples revealing copepods, daphnia and various squirming muck-dwelling surprises. 

Looking at pond water samples revealing copepods, daphnia and various squirming muck-dwelling surprises. 

 Source of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning, this particular dinoflagellate excited one student.

Source of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning, this particular dinoflagellate excited one student.

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