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Activities/Crafts --PLAY (Pennsylvania League of Angling Youth) Newsletters -- Coloring Pages -- Videos/Links -- Additional Resources


Collecting Critters 
Crossword puzzle with tips on how to collect aquatic macroinvertebrates. ​

Coloring Pages
Read Along Cover


PLAY Newsletters

You can find additional activities and crafts on the last page of every PLAY (Pennsylvania League of Angling Youth) newsletter!

"My Adventures" write-your-own story booklet
With this 12-page activity booklet you can write-your-own adventure about a trip on or near a PA waterway (e.g. stream, river, pond, lake). You can also share something you learn, share how you would teach someone else about what you learned, and share a memory that you will keep with you as you grow. Begin your story today!

PLAY: Crazy for Crayfish
PLAY issue containing the following articles -
Intro to Crayfish; A Closer Look at Crayfish; Crayfish Habitats; Counting On Crayfish; Crayfish in Trouble; Crayfish Maze.

PLAY: Six Legs Underwater
PLAY issue containing the following articles -
Six Legs Underwater; Family Affair; A Bug’s Life; A Wet World; Match the Hatch matching game; Critter Collectors – Build your own!



The following link is a playlist that will take you through all of PFBC’s videos related to aquatic macroinvertebrates OR you can go through them individually by clicking links below.

Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention
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This video highlights the importance of recognition of aquatic invasive species and the accompanying text explains how to prevent the spread of AIS.

Caddis are Hatching
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Caddis flies are aquatic insects found in nearly all of PA’s waters. Some caddis species are at home in small mountain streams, while others prefer the depths of our large rivers and lakes.

Mayfly “Social Distancing”
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Mayflies are important food items for many fish, especially trout. There are more than 700 kinds of mayflies in North America.

Mussel Mania
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With some of the most interesting and unique common names out there, freshwater mussels like this Plain Pocketbook (Lampsilis cardium) play an important ecological role concerning the health of Pennsylvania’s lakes, rivers and streams and the strategies they utilize to persevere are fascinating!

PA Mussels and PA Mussel Survey Virtual Field Trip
Take a virtual field trip to learn about some of PA's Mussels, learn about a special Mussel relocation project, and see how PFBC conducts a Mussel survey! In this playlist you will learn about types of PA Mussels, parts of Mussels, Mussel reproduction, aging, and identification. You will also learn how PFBC conducts a post project Mussel survey, see all the equipment they use for the survey, and how they process the data.

One Tree’s Legacy
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This video introduces viewers to a fallen, hollowed out tree, providing refuge for newly hatched Grannom caddisflies, flying in “slo-mo”! Check out the video description for more details.This video introduces viewers to a fallen, hollowed out tree, providing refuge for newly hatched Grannom caddisflies, flying in “slo-mo”! Check out the video description for more details.

Rain, Bugs, Rising Trout, & Laughter
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Moments along the banks of Spring Creek, Centre County, that 14 ladies and their 6 instructors will never forget!


Additional Resources

All Aquatic Insect Fact Sheets
Document that includes: Six Legs Underwater; Ena or Elpa?; Caddis flies; Mayflies; Stoneflies; Macroinvertebrate Feeding Frenzy.

Caddis Flies
Fact sheet detailing life cycle of the caddis fly. Includes the natural history of caddis fly and Pennsylvania specific information. 

Clams and Mussels
Introduction to clams and mussels and their anatomy.

Crazy Crayfish
Fact sheet describing crayfish, tips for collecting and storing, and list of common species in Pennsylvania.

Dragons and Damsels
Fact sheet on the life cycle of dragon and damselflies.

Information on the lifecycle of Dobsonflies.

Ena or Elpa?
Fact sheet describes insect metamorphosis, complete and incomplete, especially in aquatic insects.

Macroinvertebrate Feeding Frenzy
Feeding practices of macroinvertebrates.

Information on the life cycle of mayflies.

Information on nightcrawlers and how to collect them.

Information on phytoplankton, types and biology. Good introduction to these microscopic plants.

Pond and Stream Study Guide
Guide to interpreting the physical and chemical factors of waters, fishes found in those waters and a useful key to macroinvertebrate life.

An introduction to snails and snail anatomy.

Information on their life cycle and biology.

Water Walkers
Fact sheet sharing information about insects “walking on water”, how and why.

Information and identification of different types of zooplankton.