Environmental Science class participates in stream ecology project

10 October 2019

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) on Thursday, Oct. 3. The field trip was at the South Fork Ninnescah River directly behind Pratt County Lake. The objective of this project was to help students develop a better understanding of basic ecology and instill an appreciation for our natural resources and a sense of stewardship for the land.

Biologists Ryan Waters, Jeff Seim, and Ariel Snyder provided direction and organized hands-on activities for the project. Activities included electro-shocking for fish and collecting macroinvertebrates. In addition to looking at the biological components of the stream the students also completed a habitat assessment.  In the near future the class will do basic water chemistry to give them a more comprehensive understanding of the ecology of the South Fork Ninnescah River.

"These experiences provide students with an opportunity to see firsthand what field biologists do and it allows them to see the environmental impacts that are affecting rivers in our area," said Chambers. "The on-going support of KDWPT and their biologists is critical to the success of this project. Their help for making this a meaningful learning experience for the students of PCC is greatly appreciated."

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