First-graders learn about wildlife

First-graders learn about wildlife

NASELLE — Look out the window just about anywhere in the Pacific Northwest and it’s teeming with wildlife, and if you are a critter, the Columbia River’s ecosystem is one of the most happening habitats around!

Nate Sandel from the Astoria Maritime Museum showed Naselle first graders how all creatures in the Columbia River ecosystem are interconnected through the use of food webs. 

Some animals that were explored: deer, elk, great blue heron, eagle, coyotes, beaver, seals, sea lions, muskrat, nutria, river otters and raccoons. The program addressed: classifying, cycles, food chains and diversity/interdependence.

The students were thrilled with the hands-on activities with eggs (replicas), skeletons and pelts.

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