At base of food chain, signs of health

Alison Dixon waded in the water with North Canaan Elementary School students as they looked for indications of the health of the marine habitat. Photo by Alexander Wilburn

NORTH CANAAN — Larva is not a word that conjures a particularly pleasant image, but their presence is a sign of good health. Or it can be, if it’s the correct type of larva and if the health it’s contributing to is the health of an aquatic ecosystem. 

The Housatonic Valley Association’s Alison Dixon led North Canaan Elementary School’s (NCES) eighth-grade science students on an early morning outdoor adventure on Friday, Sept. 29, billing it as a journey into the Benthic zone. 

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