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"I got one, I got one!"

I have many good stories from my time as a WNC Trail Guide. Most of them involve the reaction that students have when they discover something new or unexpected. And, they usually occurred in the aquatics class.

I do not recall the student’s name or the school. We were on Terrapin Lake dip netting. This involves the student capturing invertebrates (bugs) from the bottom of the lake. I was checking on the students when I encounter a young lady walking along the edge of the lake with a sad expression on her face. I asked her why she was unhappy. She replied, “I can’t catch anything.”

So, we went to one of the docks and gave her some suggestions. She went right to work. I had barely got off the dock when I heard her scream. I went back to the dock and found her holding her net and screaming “I got one, I got one!” I don’t remember what she caught, but it was one of the bigger “bugs”. I told her to put it in the collection bucket. Some students are reluctant to handle the “bugs”, but she reached into the net, grabbed the “bug”, and put it in the bucket. And, went back to catching “bugs”. And, as I walked off the dock, I heard her hollar, “I got another one.”

That afternoon the class was learning about invasive species. As part of the class, the students pulled WNC’s favorite invasive spec“buckthorn.” The class was removing buckthorn plants from the edge of the bog (think wet and probably muddy). found several trying to pull out a buckthorn tree. And, right in the middle of the group was my morning student leading the attack on the tree with a big grin on her face.

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Jim Gay

Trail Guide at Warner Nature Center


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