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Students study pond creatures

The Columbian
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BATTLE GROUND: Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education student Michlin Swanson holds up a salamander for fellow student Adalie Smithline to measure before it is released.
BATTLE GROUND: Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education student Michlin Swanson holds up a salamander for fellow student Adalie Smithline to measure before it is released. Photo Gallery

BATTLE GROUND — Students and teachers at the Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education — known to those there as CASEE — recently spent a day catching salamanders, frogs, insects and other creatures that call a nearby pond home.

Some high school students waded into the water, while others catalogued, tagged and released the animals. Students in the science-based curriculum attend their home high school for half a day and spend the other half immersed in biology, wildlife, food science and other topics.

“They’re learning, essentially, what a scientist does,” CASEE teacher Irene Catlin, who helped to start the amphibian population tracking program 16 years ago, said in a news release. Students are studying species in the pond’s ecosystem and how they respond to environmental changes over time.

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