The first day, my group went with Mrs. Jenni to collect macroinvertebrates. Before going down to the water, we checked for any snakes by "beating" the bush with shovels, rakes, and sticks. After putting on protective gear, we made our way to the water. While in the water, we expierenced the force and power of the river currents. Due to recent flooding and a high river, the current and tides were strong. Another consequence of the flooding was that the invertebrates had a little population. On the other hand, another reason for the small population could be a high content of pollution. Although we had opposing forces, we managed to catch some interesting insects. Insects such as, water spiders, water beetles, dragonflies, and mayflies. The mosquito population was immense. Although we made no contact, we saw deer and raccoon tracts. In addition to insects, we found several shells and live muscles. One of the muscles we found was on the endagered species list. Some part of the population thinks that the river needs to be dammed below Atlanta. If the river is dammed, it will be harmful to those creatures who have made the river their home for several thousand years. Not only does the actual water in the river create a home for animals but, also the surrounding woodlands have created homes and the river has provided a source of water for these animals. The river is a great part of Mitchell County. It provides the area with a vast array of wildlife that is priceless.