Henkle Middle School students have been conducting local conservation research lately. On March 24 and 26, Henkle Middle School students conducted an amphibian egg mass survey at Snowden Wetlands. Led by eighth-grade science teacher Mike Hannigan, the students have been practicing their biological research skills in a field next to the school.
Soon, they will go out into the field and collect information about Oregon Spotted Frog populations as well as other amphibians.
This research opportunity is supported by "Science in Action," a program funded by the Oregon Zoo Foundation and administered by the Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute. Science in Action is designed to give Gorge-area students an opportunity to conduct conservation research in their own backyards, and to support students and teachers in conducting real-world research.
Students from Cascade Locks, Glenwood, The Dalles and White Salmon are participating.
Science in Action has helped teachers and students make connections with local conservation agency staff to learn about the methods and natural history of their chosen subjects. On April 24 and 25, students from participating schools will gather at the Oregon Zoo to share their research.
Other projects include: Lead shot survey at Conboy Wildlife Refuge by Glenwood students; Bud break and migratory bird arrival dates by the Cascade Locks Environmental Science Class; and a compost methods study by The Dalles Middle School Green Team.