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Virginia Students Learn about Lakes During an Earth Day Action Event
Northeast Region, April 20, 2013
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Refuge park ranger Erica Locher assists Ocean Lakes High School students in identifying aquatice life at Lake Tecumseh in Virginia Beach, VA.
Refuge park ranger Erica Locher assists Ocean Lakes High School students in identifying aquatice life at Lake Tecumseh in Virginia Beach, VA. - Photo Credit: USFWS

Ocean Lakes High School students learn about lake life up close and personal during Earth Action Day event in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

 

In recognition of Earth Day, Virginia Ecological Services and Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge teamed up with the Hampton Roads Sanitation District to give local high school students field experience with inventorying aquatic life. The site was Lake Tecumseh (Brinsons Inlet Lake), a Partners for Fish and Wildlife restoration project in Virginia Beach, Virginia where students were given waders and nets and told to freely explore the tannin stained waters for biological life. The lake was a major contributor of sediment to the nationally significant Back Bay estuary before the USFWS constructed weirs on a man-made outfall that permitted unnatural drainage of the lake and surrounding wetlands. Earth Activity Day participants experienced joy and wonder as they captured and identified fish, turtles, aquatic insects, and other life that have rebounded since the project was completed in 2010. Water quality was the theme of the event that began with a presentation by USFWS biologist Will Smith in the school auditorium followed by various related field activities. Many students voted the lake as their favorite activity of the day.


Contact Info: Jennifer Lapis, 413-253-8303, Jennifer_Lapis@fws.gov



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