Investigating Invertebrates

A native jumping spider (Phanias harfordi).
Jumping spider

NPS photo

Did you know that the largest ecosystem, with the most life is actually under your feet? Park Rangers have done the dirty work and captured terrestrial critters for your class to identify in a virtual lab. These macroinvertebrates are bioindicators of forest health. Students will learn how to describe characteristics of macroinvertebrates so they are able to identify them down to order.

Vocabulary

Bioindicator
Terrestrial Macroinvertebrates
Supporting Evidence
Metadata
Biodiversity

Last updated: February 2, 2021

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