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Environmental Science Class Participates in Stream Ecology Project

03 October 2017
Environmental Science Class Participates in Stream Ecology Project

On Sept. 21, Pratt Community College instructor Dave Chambers and his Environmental Science class participated in a stream ecology project led by biologists from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT).  The location for the field trip was the South Fork Ninnescah River in Lemon Park.  The objective of this project is to help students develop a basic understanding of ecology, an appreciation for our resources and a sense of stewardship for the land.

Biologists Ryan L. Waters, Ryan D. Waters, Andrew Karlin, Brandi McCoy and Kali Boroughs who work for KDWPT guided the students and organized hands-on activities. Boroughs, a was a biology student at PCC from 2009 to 2011 and recently graduated from Fort Hays State University.  The biologists from KDWPT organized the activities which included electro-shocking for fish and collecting macroinvertebrates.  In addition to looking at the biological components of the stream, the students did a habitat assessment as well. The class will also do some basic water chemistry to give them a more comprehensive understanding of the ecology of the South Fork Ninnescah River.

“Providing students the opportunity to study the watershed in the field gives them a chance to see first-hand some of the environmental issues that are impacting rivers in our area,” said Chambers. “The support of KDWPT and their biologists is critical to the success of this project.”

Chambers also said that he and his students would like to thank KDWPT and their biologists for their time and willingness to share their expertise related to stream ecology.