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Critters

Publications / Documents

Caddis Flies (WEB ONLY)
Fact sheet detailing life cycle of the caddis fly. Includes the natural history of caddis fly and Pennsylvania specific information. 
Minimum grade level: ES

Clams and Mussels (FACT SHEET)
Introduction to clams and mussels and their anatomy.  
Minimum grade level: MS-HS  

Collecting Critters (WEB ONLY)
Crossword puzzle with tips on how to collect aquatic macroinvertebrates.  
Minimum grade level: ES

Crazy Crayfish (WEB ONLY)
Fact sheet describing crayfish, tips for collecting and storing, and list of common species in Pennsylvania.
Minimum grade level: ES

Critter Collectors (FACT SHEET)
Plans and instructions for making kick nets and pop bottle bug traps. Also includes information on how to use these tools.  
Minimum grade level: ES  

Dragons and Damsels (FACT SHEET)
Fact sheet on the life cycle of dragon and damselflies.  
Minimum grade level: ES  

Ena or Elpa? (WEB ONLY)
Fact sheet describes insect metamorphosis, complete and incomplete, especially in aquatic insects.
Minimum grade level: ES

Macroinvertebrate Feeding Frenzy (WEB ONLY)
Feeding practices of macroinvertebrates.  
Minimum grade level: ES  

Mayflies (FACT SHEET)
Information on the life cycle of mayflies.  
Minimum grade level: ES  

Nightcrawlers 
Information on nightcrawlers and how to collect them.
Minimum grade level: ES

Phytoplankton (WEB ONLY)
Information on phytoplankton, types and biology. Good introduction to these microscopic plants.  
Minimum grade level: ES  

Pond and Stream Study Guide (WEB ONLY)
Guide to interpreting the physical and chemical factors of waters, fishes found in those waters and a useful key to macroinvertebrate life.  
Minimum grade level: ES  

Snails (FACT SHEET)
An introduction to snails and snail anatomy.  
Minimum grade level: MS-HS  

Stoneflies (WEB ONLY)
Information on their life cycle and biology.  
Minimum grade level: ES  

Zooplankton (WEB ONLY)
Information and identification of different types of zooplankton.  
Minimum grade level: ES  

Videos

America's Pearly Mussels (VHS/28 minutes)
Life history of freshwater mussels. Also includes information on their decline and how to reverse this decline.
Minimum grade level: MS  

The Food Chain: Eat or Be Eaten(VHS/15 minutes)
Great overview of food chains and webs. Good introduction to these concepts includes several aquatic food chains and webs.  
Minimum grade level: ES  

Water Bugs (VHS/11 minutes)
Biology and ecology of aquatic insects. Reviews types of insects found within a watershed. Also includes information on identification, biology and collection of insects.  
Minimum grade level: MS