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Marshall seventh graders get the scoop on wetlands
Midwest Region, June 23, 2009
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Wildlife Biologist Wedge Watkins explains the flow of the Missouri River to Marshall seventh graders.
Wildlife Biologist Wedge Watkins explains the flow of the Missouri River to Marshall seventh graders. - Photo Credit: n/a

Lari Welch’s seventh grade class from Marshall, Mo., took a break from summer school Tuesday, June 23 to tromp through the Missouri River’s floodplain on the Jameson Island unit of the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge in Arrow Rock, Mo.

Welch, a science teacher at Bueker Middle School in Marshall, had been working with the seventh graders on designing models of wetlands. By taking the students on a field trip to an actual wetland, Welch hoped to make their project a reality.

The tour was led by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees of the Big Muddy NFWR. Before taking the students down to the floodplain, Wildlife Biologist Wedge Watkins discussed the flow of the Missouri River with the class by showing them a demonstration.

Then the students got a chance to see for themselves what the Missouri River was all about as they hiked along the Jameson Island unit.

Following their expedition, the students participated in a rambunctious game of tag where half of the class played the part of the “prey” migrating to simulated wildlife refuges while trying not to get caught by the other half of the class, the “predators.”

Shoes covered in mud from the floodplain and soaked with sweat, the students left the unit with worn off energy and hopefully a better insight on the wetland ecosystem. 


Contact Info: Tim Haller, 573-441-2799, tim_haller@fws.gov



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