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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Ipswich River Field Trip: INSECTS!

Thank you to all our chaperones for attending the trip with us Friday. We had a fabulous time learning about the habitats of insects! Here are some highlights from our trip:

A beaver lodge on the Ipswich River.

Naturalist, Fred, talks about aquatic insects by the river.

A beaver scent mound: where beavers mark the river's edge for a future lodge site.

Searching for aquatic insects and other animals.

Fred helps to identify some of our aquatic insects.

A beautiful day by the Ipswich River. 
"Look! Look! We found a baby salamander!"

"Hmmm. What's over this side?"

"We have a lot of insects in here!"

Learning about the history of the area.

Trying not to scoop too much mud.

Reviewing what we have already found.

"Wait a minute. Do I see a water snake over there?"

Reviewing  everyone's contributions.

Next habitat: the forest!

Learning about types of insects, mollusks and other arthropods in the forest.

"That's a slug? Why is he all curled up?" (He's nervous.)
Nick and Melody teaming up to find woodland insects.

Fred shows off evidence of woodpeckers looking for insect meals in the forest!

"I found an earthworm!"

"Hey! The slug is starting to uncurl!"

Sharing our insect evidence.

Someone wants to go back home!

A brown toad out looking for lunch!  
And then we found a frog!

On to our next insect habitat: grasslands.

Chasing butterflies and moths.

"We think we found a grasshopper!"

"I really DID catch a grasshopper!"

Nick and Dylan team up to find more insects.
"Crickets, grasshoppers and moths, oh my!"

"We're pretty good at this!"

Grasshoppers galore!

And then we found a leopard frog!

Mykah and Morgan making a great team.

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