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By Akasha Spino-Bybee

Local insect expert educates students on the exotic lives of wetland bugs


Akasha Spino-Bybee

THE BUG MAN: Ecologist and wetland expert Ralph Thomas Rogers points out how to tell the health of a water body by its insect life to a group of Hood River sixth graders last week at Brooks Memorial State Park..

Birds were singing, the stream was flowing, and the sun was shining bright; it was a perfect and beautiful day at Brooks Memorial Park on Thursday, May 7. Not even the 60 sixth graders at the park were causing a disturbance of the natural force. It was nothing short of an exquisite and equally educational day.

"WY'East from Hood River is here today for the eighth time, and I am here for the fifth," said Ralph Thomas Rogers, local ecologist and wetland expert.

Rogers volunteers his time at the park and teaches students about surveying aquatic insects such as stoneflies and dragonflies. He teaches them how to identify some of the different species, their characteristics and how to determine...

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