This summer, TTF is partnering with The Circuit and Rails to Trails for bike ride watershed lessons in Tacony Creek Park!

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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.

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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!

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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.

About Doryán De Angel

Doryán De Angel, Community Watershed Leader (Philadelphia): Doryán works with Robin on the Philadelphia watershed team to engage and educate residents about watershed and stormwater issues. A resident of Cheltenham, Doryan started with TTF as an outstanding hands-on volunteer. She is fluent in Spanish and has a Bachelors in Environmental Science from the University of Puerto Rico. She was a student collaborator on the San Juan Bay Estuary Project. Contact Doryán at 215.744.1853 or doryan@ttfwatershed.org


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