Aravaipa Canyon Trip

Students in both the Field Studies and Applied Ecology classes got to participate in some incredible hands-on science this fall at Aravaipa Canyon wilderness. Following in the footsteps of this incredible experience last year, the students worked with fish biologists and rangers at Aravaipa Creek to conduct surveys on native fish populations (of which many species are endangered), as well as to conduct transects on plant densities and varieties around the riparian zone.

Later in the Spring, the students returned to collect samples of water and test water quality at various locations along the creek, and to conduct a survey of macro invertebrates as a method of determining the relative health of the stream.

The students not only got the incredible and unique opportunity to see and hold endangered fish (such as the loach minnow) firsthand, but also to have fun trying to negotiate to often tricky stream bed in a gorgeous and pristine natural setting.