VIRTUAL STREAM VISIT
To get started on the research study, you'll need to spend some time exploring and observing a Hawaiian stream environment:
Observation: A good scientist is observant and notices thing in the world around him/herself. (S)he sees, hears, or in some other way notices what's going on in the world and becomes curious about what's happening.
1. If you can, visit some streams near your school or home, and spend some time there making observations (be sure to follow Stream Safety Guidelines!)
2. Go on a virtual stream visit at this website. Look carefully at each picture and then answer the questions below the picture. Download and print the Stream Observations Sheet and record your answers on it.
3. Do some more stream research to learn more about Hawaiian streams.
Streams are not the same everywhere in the world, and the streams in Hawai‘i have certain unique features. Let's begin by finding out about the native stream ecosystem in Hawai‘i, and then we'll see how Hawaiian streams have changed as a result of human activity.
1. As an observant scientist, look carefully at each of the photos on the following pages.
2. For each photo in the section, "Native Stream Ecosystem", observe the photo carefully. Notice what the photo tells you about the Hawaiian stream in its natural state (before being diverted or disturbed). Answer the questions below the photo and record your answers on the Stream Observations Sheet.
3. For each photo in the section, "Disturbed Stream Ecosystem", observe the photo carefully. Notice what the photo tells you about the Hawaiian stream after it has been diverted or otherwise disturbed by human activity. Answer the questions below the photo and record your answers on the Stream Observations Sheet.
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