Virtual Resources

This page contains virtual resources created in 2020 to allow the Stream Smart programs to continue to work with schools, as social distancing measures allow, by providing alternatives to field programs, in-school presentations, or on-campus programs.

Salmon Watch Program

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Students collecting macroinvertebrate samples from the Rogue River.

Program Overview Presentation

The Salmon Watch overview presentation is available as a resource for local schools, education groups, and other interested individuals. It is traditionally offered on a limited bases in school. For 2020 and beyond, it will be available as a stand alone presentation, a Zoom-recorded, live via Zoom, and in-class (when social distancing allows). Please contact Greg Stabach at RVCOG (541) 423-1370 or gstabachATrvcog.org to schedule “live” presentation.

Presentation Link

Zoom (coming soon!)

Riparian Module

Module Overview

Activities

Riparian Area Drawing/Mapping Activity to do at home

  • Draw or map a real or imagined riparian area and list as many of the following components listed below (10 pts total)
  • You can draw it “bird’s eye view” or “plan view”. Imagine you are a bird flying over the stream or river. What do you see?
  • Another option is to draw the stream or river from the side or cutaway. imagine taking a picture looking upstream or downstream. What do you see?
  • The drawing or map does not have to be to scale, meaning that you can make some items (like an insect) larger than you might see in real life.
  • You can use pen/marker, pencil, crayons, or paint. Color is nice, but not necessary.
  • Example forms can be found by clicking here.
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The important part: draw the items below and make them clearly visible in your drawing and number them as indicated
  1. body of freshwater: either stream, lake, or spring (1 pt.)
  2. bank or edge of the freshwater and riparian area (1 pt.)
  3. upland (the area where floodwaters do not reach) (1 pt.)
  4. trees (1 pt.)
  5. shrubs (1 pt.)
  6. herbs/grasses (1 pt.)
  7. 1 animal dependent upon cold, clean water located in the stream (can be an invertebrate, fish, or another animal) (1 pt.)
  8. 1 animal dependent upon the riparian area (1 pt.)
  9. downed wood & leaf little either in-stream or in the riparian area (1 pt.)
  10. evidence of human activity or impact (what do people leave in riparian areas) (1 pt.)

Riparian Scavenger Hunt

Please find or answer the following items: Draw or describe in writing.
  1. How many different kinds of evergreen trees are there in this area?
  2. How many kinds of berries or fruits can you find? (Do not eat them!)
  3. Find three different kinds of seeds or cones.
  4. Is there an eroded stream bank in the area? If so, what do you think caused the erosion?
  5. Is there a place where tree roots are holding the stream bank?
  6. Looking around the stream and riparian area, find 3 different types of cover that help protect fish from predators
  7. Find an insect or sign of an insect
  8. Find three different types of evidence that birds occur in the area.
  9. Did you see any wildlife, fish, or aquatic species? If yes, please not what you saw.

Click here for a pdf version of the Scavenger Hunt Sheet

Videos

Live Stream Field Trip

Resources