Simple Cycle‘s summer camp joined us on July 21 with to ride from the I Street & Ramona Avenue gateway to the Whitaker & Loudon gateway and back, learning about the various plants and trees along the trail. One stop the Fisher’s Lane bridge — a historic bridge dating back to the 1700’s! Here, Watershed Educator Tom McKeon talked to the group about what the definitions of a watershed and riparian buffer, and the important role buffers play in improving our water quality.
Along the way, we sampled scented trees like Spicebush and Juniper berries — these smell like just like Christmas trees.
We ended the ride by venturing off-trail towards the creek to look for living critters in the water. Using a net, Tom scooped up some water from the creek and put it into a bucket. We looked into the bucket for signs of life. Using a macroinvertebrate chart, we identified a lunged snail, a caddisfly and a leech!
Check out pictures from this ride here.
Join us on for our next free bike ride adventure on August 18. We’ll meet at Whitaker Avenue & Loudon Street. You’ll be able to explore the creek and learn about the plants along the trail and and unique facts, such as the difference between a lunged snail and a gilled snail.
Contact Doryán at doryan@ttfwatershed or 215.744.1853 to RSVP.