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Education activities review: December 10 – 14

December 14, 2012

Community monitoring program

Two classes—one from West Homer Elementary and one from McNeil Canyon Elementary—have worked with KBRR to conduct community monitoring activities for seven years in a row!

Each fall the KBRR community monitoring coordinator has gone into these classrooms to teach an introductory lesson on invasive species, with a few key concepts taught so that students understand the specific problem posed by the invasive European green crab (crab life cycle, larval transport, and crab identification).

Once prepped, the students hit the beach (with the support of their wonderful teachers and parent volunteer drivers) and check six traps set by Catie the day before on Pier One Beach. Students record what they catch, correctly identifying specimens to species. These monitoring events happen once in the fall and once in the spring each year.

At some point during the winter months, teachers use the trapping data in their math classes to graph results. Below are two graphs that Lyn Maslow’s class just completed using the last two years data. Last week five students, a few parents, and teacher Lyn Maslow attended our public Discovery Lab on monitoring Kachemak Bay, hosting the green crab table to outreach their project and findings.

The stability of our European green crab program is in large part due to the loyalty these schools and teachers have given to the program. When teachers return year after year to participate in our program, we know that our monitoring education efforts are successful.

2011 / 2012 Water Temperature at Pier One Beach[graph by Lyn Maslow’s 4th grade classroom – Dec. 2012]

2011 / 2012 Water Temperature at Pier One Beach
[graph by Lyn Maslow’s 4th grade classroom – Dec. 2012]

2011 / 2012 Helmet Crab Trapped at Pier One Beach[graph by Lyn Maslow’s 4th grade classroom – Dec. 2012]

2011 / 2012 Helmet Crab Trapped at Pier One Beach
[graph by Lyn Maslow’s 4th grade classroom – Dec. 2012]

 

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