Learn about swamp things at NW Stream Center event
"Creatures of the Black Lagoon," a presentation of life in a pond from Adopt A Stream Foundation, will feature such stars as aquatic insects, frogs and salamanders on the big screen.
The creatures will be netted from a pond just before the event. Many of the smaller "creatures" will look 10 feet tall with help from a video microscope projector.
"Creatures of the Black Lagoon" will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday at the NW Stream Center, 600 128th St. SE, Everett.
Before the actual show, naturalists Tom Noland and Lori Powlas are going into the "lagoon," a large pond that was excavated from a parking lot that used to be a wetland next to the Northwest Stream Center Visitors Building.
Powlas said there is a lot going on below the layer of duckweed at the pond's surface including the growing larvae of our state insect: the dragonfly.
The dragonfly spends up to two years underwater as a larva before emerging as a winged adult. Underwater, dragonfly larvae are known to eat up to 300 mosquito larvae a day, plus tadpoles and even small fish, Powlas said.
This program is enlightening for first-graders to adults. Call 425-316-8592 to reserve a space. Cost is $5 for Adopt A Stream Foundation members, $7 for nonmembers. For more information go to www.streamkeeper.org.
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