19 & 21 October Science 7 Preparation for WOW–Stream Science and River Walk

View and discuss Part 1 and Part 2 in WOW Science from a presentation for previous years:


  • How many kinds of living thing do you expect to observe during the WOW trip?
    • Viewing the landscape from the
    train and from the bus?
    • Walking around Camp Panther / staying at the Himalayan Bear Stream Camp?
    • Hiking to the school and waterfall and up the small river to the swimming “hole?”
    • Conducting the stream study / during the river walk activity?

Look at the maps and aerial photos. What do you notice? How will you orient yourself in the landscape when you are at WOW? Discuss some possibilities.

Look at the pictures of the aquatic macro-invertebrates could in the stream. What are some features to notice that will help you describe and distinguish them?

See this reference:

Pictures from past WOW trips:

See materials on aquatic macroinvertebrates: https://drive.google.com/a/aes.ac.in/file/d/0B4DPwlouN3dISGRlZ0pLZllGXzA/view?usp=sharing

Bugs of the underworld:

Watch the short video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVMCPXDohgA

Notice from our pictures that we use a different style of kicknet and we return any organisms caught back to the stream.

View the presentation     The Art of Birding

Concentrate on becoming familiar with the “things to look for” the Seven S’s. The birds in the presentation are from North America so we will not see them in India. But being able to describe birds you see by using the Seven S’s is very important. Remember a well-described bird without a name is much better than a misnamed bird.


Practice using the binoculars.


1. Always use the neck strap around your neck. Never carry the binocular by the neck-strap.

2. Never touch the lenses. Never play with the eyepieces or focusing knob. Only use them as directed.

3. Spot a bird first, and then bring the binoculars to your eyes.

4. If you wear glasses, fold back the rubber eyecup so the binoculars will come closer to your glasses.

5. Do not drop the binoculars. When handling the binoculars, do not engage in activity that could lead to your dropping them.

6. To focus: Close your right eye and use the center focusing adjustment to get a clear image of something at least 15 meters away. Then close the left eye and adjust the right eyepiece to get the clearest image possible. You should not have to turn the eyepiece very far. If you do, alert the instructor. Use both eyes and spread the two parts of the binoculars until they match the distance between your eyes. You should see a circular field of view with a clearly focused image.

7. As a class, go outside and find a bird that is easy to observe (pigeon, common myna, jungle crow, jungle babbler, black kite, etc.). Practice using the binoculars and the Seven S’s. Work with a partner where one observes and describes and the other records. Then change roles.

8. When animal watching, only talk when necessary. Do not talk loudly. Do not make rapid dramatic movements. Do not scare away the animals you are trying to observe.

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