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Ecological Land Services at Coweeman Middle School Career Day

Want to have a job that enables you to go outside and use science? Become a wetland biologist! Coweeman Middle School 6th graders learned what it means to be a wetland biologist during Career Day on February 21, 2014. Decked out in her field gear, Cora Siipola, an ELS biologist, presented at Career Day and educated students on what wetlands are and some of the perks to working outside.

Cora Siipola sharing about wetland biology at Coweeman Middle School Career Day
Cora Siipola sharing about wetland biology at Coweeman Middle School Career Day

What do swamps, creeks, lakes, bogs, and marshes have in common? They are or are related to wetlands. Students learned the three criteria for a wetland: hydric soils, hydric vegetation, and hydrology and saw some examples of wetlands in western Washington.

Cora Siipola getting creative on how to teach wetland biology.
Cora Siipola getting creative on how to teach wetland biology.

So what about this word WET-land? Kids were asked, how do wetland biologists take notes if it’s raining outside and surprised to see that Cora had a special kind of paper that enables her to write in the rain. She also showed them her rain gear and rain boots that she commonly brings with her in the field. And what else does a wetland biologist find in the field besides soil, plants, and water? Shown below,Cora brought in some of her field work treasures she has found including a deer skull and half of duck decoy.

Wetland biologist display items for career day.
Wetland biologist display items for career day.