Twenty-two kids rocked the pond at the NC Museum of Art Park this morning, Aug. 27, digging up pond muck, sorting through it, using dish pans, turkey basters, and magnifying glasses. A big shout out to the NC Museum of Art for providing access to their beautiful pond for this event, as well as to our exceptional volunteers, John Kinsella, Bill Willis, Dave Barber, Cissy McKissick, Eliza Cohn and Colin, Luke Bennett, and NCWF’s newest staff member, Seana. The kids had a blast!
The great news is that the pond is healthy, based on the biodiversity found in the macroinvertebrate population. We found a terrific array of species that largely fall in the healthy pond category, including backswimmers, water boatmen, damselfly and dragonfly larvae, whirligig beetles (boy are they fast!), water scorpions, giant water bugs (eating another critter), water striders, crayfish, and snails.
We love connecting kids with nature, and our Eco Kids series of events have been increasingly popular, so keep an eye out for more upcoming nature adventures.