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Wonderful World of Water Summer Camp at Nature Center

July 16, 2019
Emmetsburg News

The first of two mini Summer Camps at the Nature Center at Lost Island north of Ruthven was held on Wed. and Thurs., July 10 to July 11. The camp was for kids going into 5th through 8th grades.

Palo Alto County Naturalist Kaitlin Anderson discussed our water including conservation, quality, and how the water is used by life on Earth.

Earth is 97 percent water. Of this 97 percent only three percent is usable for consumption and of this two percent is frozen. this leaves only one percent of all water on Earth to be used by every living thing.

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DIP NETTING - Ella Auten and Sloan Rodemeyer use nets to dip out weeds and muck to see what lives in a marsh.

Anderson first discussed different ways to conserve water at home such as take a shower not a bath, put a watering can under your faucet when running water for a drink, make sure you wash a full load of clothes, and fix leaky faucet immediately.

They also went to the marsh to see what they could find living in the water. They found snails, small fish, tadpoles, and other invertebrates. A marsh is like nursery for many different animals. It also acts like a filter, removing many chemicals before the water moves on.

The group then went fishing with leeches to see what they could catch.

Anesa McGregor photos

 
 
 

 

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