Salt Creek Investigation

Habitat Assessment

In a habitat assessment we collect data on the physical characteristics of a stream which affect the plants and animals that live in it. Some of the conditions examined are natural and others are created by human beings. A habitat assessment gives us a context in which to evaluate the results of biological monitoring, helping to identify the factors that influence the water quality of the stream.

A habitat assessment includes data on past and present weather conditions, water appearance, water odor, temperature of both water and air, algae growth in the stream, canopy cover, and the composition of the stream bed.

Authors: Dr. Bonnie Kuhrt, Kathe Lacey-Anderson and Kim Provus from Carl Sandburg Jr. High School in Rolling Meadows, Illinois for the Handbook of Engaged Learning Projects sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab. Funded by the Midwest Consortium for Mathematics and Science Education based at the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL).
Created: July 1, 1996 - Updated: July 24, 1996