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The long walk of Bear Paw

posted Oct 30, 2014, 6:41 PM by Jotham Oliver   [ updated Oct 31, 2014, 8:16 AM by Carolyn Lewey ]

After today. We can truly say there is little MESA has not seen of this 498.9 acre land called East Bear Paw. Never mind the 2 mile bike ride there and then the mile-and-change ride in, MESA walked all over Bear Paw in search of signs of an active beaver meadow. All told five were explored with more to go for another day.

Questions to ask a MESA student:

What is a keystone species and why should a beaver be considered one?
What are the many adaptations that beaver has?
How old do they live?
What are the signs of an active meadow?
When do they typically work?
What do they eat other than that thin membrane in trees?
What is that thin membrane in trees called?
What is Phragmites?

In the end, the trip did a great job immersing our students into the concepts we are trying to teaching them. Big thanks go out to Tin Mountain for letting us walk the "back forty," to Mrs. Kirkpatrick for coming to see what MESA is all about, and to Eastside Bike Guides for a little emergency bike repair.

Bear Paw 10/30

And I think this clip comes close to what it is like trying to herd our students to Bear Paw.