by Nadine Meyer, Aquatic Education Specialist
Chapter 3 of the MinnAqua Fishing: Get in the Habitat! Leader’s Guide contains seven lessons, all pertaining to understanding different concepts relating to water stewardship. This chapter covers topics from the water cycle, to role playing citizen action groups, to the impacts of invasive species in Minnesota. As humans have become more global in our travels, so have other organisms as they hitchhike along for the ride. Lesson 3:7 – Mussel Mania demonstrates how Freshwater Mussels survive and what happens to them when Zebra Mussels are introduced into their habitats.
Students become native mussels, invasive zebra mussels, perch, walleye, or “plankton movers” in a game designed to help them understand how harmful invasive species can affect the balance within aquatic ecosystems.
Lesson 1:4 - Water Habitat Site Study (43 pages | 8.3 MB) gives participants the opportunity to observe aquatic life close-up. Other invasive species are identified in this lesson along with zebra mussels. This lesson also provides information in the instructor's background on how to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.
Lesson 1:5 - Habitat Hideout (32 pages | 3.9 MB) discusses how fish utilize different parts of a lake or river for shelter and provides background on what fish eat. Connections to freshwater mussels and zebra musses can be discussed along with healthy fish habitats.
Lesson 4:5 - Fisheries Management and You (36 pages | 4.5 MB) provides the opportunity for participants to think like a fisheries manager and a concerned citizen and see how their decisions impact aquatic habitats.
Have your students access these online resources to engage in these concepts further.