Benthic Macroinvertebrates Abound


Our Bioindicator Goal Is Accomplished!!

Fresh water feeds into the Cape Fear. How good is the water?
Our classes go to SanLee each year to learn. Sanford has one of the best programs in the state to teach about water quality. We are very fortunate that this state park is very near our school.

Our state park, San Lee, has very healthy water.

If you've never caught a crayfish, you are in for a treat at East Lee Middle School.
You can now understand the song: "You get a line and I'll get a pole,
we'll go down by the crawdad's hole.."

Many of our students get to catch their first crayfish when we are at SanLee.crayfish_wiki.JPG

wiki_specimens_sanlee.JPGThese are the bioindicators we collected from the creek:
mussels, crayfish and hellgramites. The hellgramites often eat our other specimens during the lab.
These hellgramites are fascinating, The large one might be two years old during this part of its life cycle.


There are usually many dragonflies near the bridge at this sample site, too.

The naturalists at the park teach us how to judge the water by collecting and classifying the bioindicators.

We also have the pond at San Lee to help us judge water quality.


Students use nets to scoop up surprises. Michael has enjoyed the day.

Rachel has found something interesting here.


The pond has water striders, mossquito fish, great little frogs, and ????

An amoeba takes you back to the home page. We don't have a microscope with us to find the smaller parts of the food web like this amoeba. Perhaps we can look at the East Lee Pond to get samples of those.