Where we went: we went to the Cranbrook Institute of Science on out mini field trip. We went here to learn about the history of the River Rouge watershed. In the Cranbrook Institute of Science we went to the bottom activity labs.
What we learned: At the Cranbrook Institute of Science we learned many things. One thing we learned was that a big part of the environmental impact the French had when they settled in Detroit in 1701 was they killed lots of beavers for their fur. This is bad because without the beavers there are no dams to stop the water from flowing out, and the food chain got messed up. The beaver population dramatically fell and never has and probably never will return to its original population size. We also learned that the Native Americans had an environmental impact too. Their impact was that they had controlled forest fires that would open of the forest to let in the light. The light that got let in made the forests great hunting grounds and let animal and plant species that loved the light more abundant. Another thing that we learned was that the Native Americans went in cycles of what they ate according to the season. In the spring they would hunt for different animals like deer and rabbit and fish for trout that came up river to lay eggs. They would also harvest maple sap and turn it into syrup that they would use to flavor different soups and meat. In the summer they would plant crops like corn to harvest in the fall. In the fall they would harvest the crops and wild rice that would grow along the Detroit River. In the winter they would eat the dried fish and other dried meats along with crops they harvested in the fall.
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