Water Penny                              Caddisfly larva                              Mayfly larva

Hudson 8th grade -- Writings on the Bean

The Day in the Bean, by Matt Aguirre      When I went to the Bean, I saw a fly larva. I also found some caterpillars but I don’t know which kind of caterpillars they were because I don’t know that much about them. Even though I do like all kinds of bugs, I just don’t know that much. I also found some frogs. I found crayfish and some little itty-bitty bugs in this bucket of water. I even found some ladybugs.

The Mighty Bean Writing, by Alisson Akers      I don’t really know what to say! I had so much fun at Memorial Park on the Bean Creek that I forgot to write anything down!! I do remember searching through a tub of muddy water, rocks, and leaves, and finding a big bug: it was black, had six legs, and had a very hard back. It was neat to watch it move after we put it in a bowl of clean water. It tried to climb up the side of the bowl, but it kept sliding down because it was wet. This was an interesting experience to see all the insects and fish up close, and to learn more about them. If I could, I would go back and try to learn even more about the creepy crawlies!!!

Writing on the Bean, by John Andrews      We went to the Bean Creek down by the park and high schoolers went with us so they could get in the water and get the stuff we got to look at. Some people found little worms and invisible worms, and someone found a crayfish, and I found a worm and a beetle, and I found a little swimming thing, and people found some fish and things that clean tanks.

The Mighty Bean, by Emily Austin      The bug that I saw at the Mighty Bean was the water beetle. The water beetle was very active: it moved very fast. I thought that it was very fun to watch. It was a hyper little beetle. The water beetle would stop and then spring very fast across water, and it would do that over and over again. The water beetle was small. The beetle was black; also it had 6 legs. There wasn’t just one water beetle; there were a bunch of them.

Bean Writing, by Stephan A. Barker      Well, during our Bean trip, we – as in Mrs. D’Lamater’s 1st hour class – went over by the soccer field and past a patch of dirt and by Hudson’s Bean Creek. What our assignment was – we had to find animals that lived on the rocks, but most of the animals that we had to find weren’t really microscopic. Sure, some students found some life forms on the rocks that were given to us to see if we could find a single life form. But as for me, I didn’t find a single thing on the rocks that were given to me. But as for one of my fellow students, Ashley Timms, she found to young minnows. So what I am going to tell you is everything that I remember about turtles. Turtles have been in existence ever since the dinosaurs have been on the earth. In fact, in some cultures the turtles are believed to hold the world on their shell. As some of you know, the turtle has two shells, one on the top and one on the bottom. When the turtle brings its head inside its shell, the neck forms sort of an “S” shape. Also the neck of the turtle can shoot out of the turtle’s shell at the speed of light. The environment of the turtle has to be half and half, as in one side must be land and the other part of their environment has to be water. Also, you must change their water at least once a week because if you don’t, then your turtle will get a disease that is called swollen eyes, and it is what it is in the name.

Bean Creek, by Sydney Barnhart      My trip to Bean Creek was very interesting. I had no idea how many bugs lived in that kind of habitat. They were so small you had to look really hard. We looked at the water in buckets that they had set out for us away from the actual creek. My group found a really small bloodworm. It was a deep red, and moved like if you were shaking a piece of string. It was really cool if you could keep your eyes on it long enough!
      We also found a clam shell that looked like the ones you see at the beach, only a lot smaller. At first it looked like a tooth from the bottom. Another group found a crayfish. It looked like a mini lobster. It was only about 2 or 3 inches long. They can usually get to be about 6 inches. I had so much fun and learned so much!

Bean Writing, by Anthony Beard     The thing that I saw had eight legs and two big pinchers. It looked sort of like a lobster. It also has two antennae. Its tail looks like a whale’s tail. When you grab them, they curl up their tails and try to pinch you. They usually try to crawl on the bottom of the water.
I think they eat little bugs and tiny fishlike things in the water. They are called crayfish. They are also called crawdads.

Writing on the Bean, by Danielle Blocksom      My name is Danielle Blocksom and I am writing to you on the Bean. I saw lots of flowers, not a lot of bugs. One of the workers was explaining the plants and shrubs to us. There were lots of shrubs and they were really pretty. There was a maple tree and it had red leaves. There was a plant that had red berries; we could have eaten them but we weren’t sure if they were good; plus, there was poison ivy all over. She told us about the fish in the water and how plants keep the fish in the water from dying. That means we have a good Bean, that it’s not really polluted, and lots more bugs will want to live there. Well, that’s all I have to say about that Bean.

The Invisible Worm, by Jenna Borck      I discovered an invisible worm in the water of Bean Creek. The worm was so transparent that it was practically invisible. The only reason that I could see it is because the water was a little dirty. The worm was squirmy and curled up. Then it straightened out and took a rest for a couple of seconds. You almost needed a magnifying glass to see it. For a moment you couldsee it, then it disappeared. It didn’t even look like it had any insides in it. It was so cool!

Bean Creek, by Nikki Borst      I’m writing about the water strider. I saw it at the Bean Creek. I caught the water strider with tweezers twice. It is little, about 5 cm. long; it has like 8 legs, and it is black. I think it lives only in fresh water. There were a lot of water striders at the Bean Creek. I also picked up a little tiny orange worm that I could only see with a magnifying glass. There were a lot of little critters in the Bean Creek.

Bean Creek, by Nathan Burlew      Hi, my name is Nathan Burlew, and I am writing about an experience that me and my class went on. We went to Bean Creek in Hudson, Michigan, to see if we could find insects in the water. When we first got there we didn’t find much of anything besides rocks, leaves, and algae. Well, once we got there and we started to get warmed up, we started to find a lot of insects. My partner and I didn’t find anything, but a lot of other groups did find a lot of insects. I wish I would’ve found some insects but I didn’t. But I got to see one of the insects that I do like -- the insect is called a caddisfly. To describe the caddisfly: it is energetic, small, black, and has a couple of tails, and it was kind of scary. Well, that will wrap up my story, and I hope you liked it.

The Bean, by Jeremy Busscher      I liked our trip to the Bean. It was really cool because we got to try to find bugs in the pans the high school students brought up from the Bean. My favorite bug was a fly larva. The larva was the first bug me and my partner Matt found. The fly larva was very fast and had two tails. It was also very small; it was a little smaller than a dime. That was my favorite part of our trip to the Bean.

Bean Creek, by Dameon Childers      At Bean Creek we were told to look for insects in the water. Me and my partner Santiago Novelo found three little worms and one long worm. The longer worm was green and didn’t move at all. The three little worms got trapped in one water drop and were trying to escape. They were wiggling rapidly. Those were the only things we found at Bean Creek.

A Day at the Bean, by Dustin Chrisman      When we went to the Bean, I saw some crayfish. They have claws that can pinch you, and it has six legs and two pinchers. If you pick it up from the back, then it can’t pinch you. They are like a grayish color. They sometimes come out of the water but not always. They can’t swim very fast through the water.
      Another water animal was the fish; we got 16 of them. They never come out of the water because they can’t breathe out of the water because they have gills and not lungs.
      That is what we did at the field trip at the Bean.

Bean Creek, by Brittany R. Cole      At Bean Creek I saw many interesting things. I found many Riffle Beetles. The most interesting thing I found, though, was a live clam. That was good news to the creek experts because it means the creek is quite clean. That means people in Hudson are doing a good job in not polluting the creek. That was my experience at the creek.

The Bean Creek Adventure, by Elizabeth Renie Court      On Friday, September 26, 2003, my class took a trip to the Bean Creek at Memorial Park. We went to observe the aquatic animals. My partner Nicole Smith and I might have found a Crane Fly Larva. It was small and had little black eyes. It had like 5 tails. It was attached to a rock that was put into a tub. We also found very little worms that in order to see we had to use the magnifying glass. Someone else in my class got a family of animals. I also got to see a penny fly. Right before we left, I got to see two minnows. I think they were shown to the next class, but I’m not sure. I want to say thank you to the watershed group for allowing us to do this. It was a nice experience to have. So thank you!

The Bean Writing, by James Cousino
      What interested me was looking into the water and finding all those bugs. And another thing that I liked was seeing all those worms crawling around the rocks. The main thing that fascinated me was the two minnows. And the way the fish looked and moved was amazing. And that’s it.

The Bean Writing, by Sean Cozine      When I went to Bean Creek, I saw many different worms. That was all that ai saw there. These are the different colors that I found there: I found red, black, and white worms. I found one red worm, four black worms, and two white worms. The worms that I found weren’t bigger than an inch. The people next to me found fish, a mayfly, other worms, and a water penny while we were at the Bean.

Curtis’ Crayfish, by Gannon Curtis      The creature, which lurked in the darkness of the mud, laid there motionless. Its reddish brown camouflage hid it within the surroundings. There I saw it. Moving not even a millimeter, it sleeps. No one else saw it, but I just caught a glimpse of the critter. Threatening to throw it back without knowing what we had discovered, I yelled.
      I picked it out and I knew I had discovered a crayfish. It walked around on my hand and was trying to fight off its capturers. I threw it in a tub and it circled the perimeter. It lapped the tub swimming backwards, which was peculiar to see. How did it see where it was going? He felt around with his two enormous antennae and his eight small legs. The front two had huge claws on them for his personal protection. But it would not need them, for he knew we would not harm him.
      So we left this spectacular creek to return another day.

Writing on the Bean, by Sarah Dempsey      Crayfish have a whitish yellow color; also they have clampers like a crab. They are about three inches long and have a tail. They swim very slow and live in the dirty water. If someone pollutes the water, it will be hard for the crayfish to breathe and live. They get their food somewhere in the Bean. They live for quite awhile. Crayfish have whiskers, scales, and they also have teeth. Crayfish have eight legs, and resemble lobsters.

A Day in the Life of the Bean, by Sabin Enerson      It’s Friday, September 26th, and I am on a bus to Bean Creek to study its wildlife. The bus has pulled up to the Creek. There are people wearing high waders getting things from the Creek for me. In my observation bucket, I find what seems to be rocks, water, and mud. Wait, I think I see something. No, never mind. It’s just a piece of leaf. Somebody’s just found a crayfish.
      It’s got what look like two antennae that hook outward. The crayfish also has claws for hands that reach just below its antennae. This 8-legged crustacean can be very quick at times (or so it appears). The crayfish resembles a small lobster. Let’s keep looking.
      I have now found a riffle beetle. It has short antennae that bend outward also. It has an oval body with tiny hairs and 6 legs. I think it’s eating something. It is eating something. Look’s like some sort of little fish. Almost like a small bluegill. This has been a day in the life of the Bean. I am now leaving.

Bean Creek Writing, by Caleb Ely      When we went to Bean Creek, we saw many types of insects and a few fish. My favorite insect was the Water Penny. The water penny was flat. It was barely possible to see. Its color blended with all of its surroundings.
      The water penny’s back was tan and black colored. It was as flat as the floor. It was as circular as a ball. The water penny slowly crawled under the rocks. It gracefully swam swiftly through the water. It attached itself to the rocks. The design on its back was flawless.

The Mighty Bean, by Sydney Foreman      When we went to Bean Creek we saw many things that you wouldn’t usually see if you went there. One of the first organisms that I saw was this fly that had yellow wings and torso; it also had an orange head. The fly didn’t live in the water. It just happened to fly into my water that I was looking for things in. I also saw very, very tiny worms. They had a yellow tint to them. The only way I was able to see them was the fact that they move a lot. They squirm all over.
      I was fortunate enough to see a mud puppy. It was white on the belly. It was also brown; it was very smooth and slippery. It had 2 eyes, a fin, and 2 arms. It was really cute. We also found a really skinny brown bug called a water scorpion. It had 4 legs, 2 antennae, and it was about 4 inches long. Its antennae were about 1½ inches long.
      I thought that the fish that we found was interesting. It was about 2 ½ inches long, and it had about 3 different colors. There were black polka dots, and it had green and purple on its belly. I also thought that the water penny was very cool. It was orange and had black dots on it. It was very small. They apparently stick to rocks and you usually don’t even see them. I knew that we would find a crayfish. It was surprisingly big though; it was about 3 inches long.

Bean Creek Writing, by Cody Fox      Mrs. D’Lamater’s 4th hour class went on a trip to Bean Creek. There was a wide variety of animals and insects. Some of the insects and animals that were found include a fish called Mud Puppy and also some different types of worms that were all different colors. We also found a very wide variety of different types and sizes. Some were small and some were quite big. One Mud Puppy was big and one was small. The Mud Puppies need deep water to survive. They move around a lot, especially when they are picked up. The smaller-sized Mud Puppy was very hard to catch out of the dish. When it did get caught, it quickly got away. That is all to our Bean Creek Trip.

The Bean, by Erika GentryI see many insects
Squirreling all around
Many next to rocks
And others all around
Some of them are hard to see
And others looking up at me
Insects scampering all around
And very little under rocks that can’t be found.

Bean Creek Bugs, by Ashley Goodlock      When I went to Bean Creek to look at some bugs, I didn’t see very many bugs. Well, I do have to say the water was very hard to see through in some pans, but I did see a worm! The worm I saw looked very gross! It looked very slimy and wet! The other bug I saw was a very skittish bug. It would zip through the water really fast, but eventually I caught it. It looked like a tick to me! It was small but you could see it. I also saw the crazy worm I saw in class, but I then lost it. The worm was very small, but it looked like it was dancing. The worm then disappeared.

The Great Greens of Bean Creek! by Katie Grob      The Bean Creek has a large variety of trees, shrubs, and wildflowers. This interests me especially in the summer, the dazzling color of these semi-rare wildflowers. We’ve got the best trees; they are the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Bean Creek has so much plant life that it indicates that we have a healthy, sheltered, and beautiful creek. Without these great plants none of these millions of bugs and insects could live. Also, the fish would die without these great plants to keep the water cool in the summer and protected in the winter.

The Bean! by Taylor Haber     When I went to the Bean, I saw many lively creatures. I am not a big fan of bugs and fish; actually I hate them! If I have to pick the most interesting creature that I saw it would definitely be the Crayfish! The Crayfish had very large claws and was about 3-4 inches long. It was very crawly and did not look exactly happy. The Crayfish likes to move and tried to get away a lot. I think that the Crayfish was the most interesting and lively creature that I saw!

The Bean, by Nick Hart      On our way to the Bean, I was thinking of some of the stuff we might see. When we got to the Bean everything was ready for us to get to work. Sabin and I got down and started looking for little bugs in the mud and rocks. Sure enough, we spotted a bug. It’s a riffle beetle, says Sabin. We get a closer look and see that it has six legs. I reach down to pick it up, but it moved and it moved quickly. I go for it again, and I got it by its antennae; it has two of them, Sabin tells me. We get the magnifier and see that it is very shiny and small. That is how my day went at the Bean.

The Mighty Mighty Bean, by Billy Heath      As I looked into the dark black water that looks about dead, I saw not too much, but I saw the water moving so I knew there were little “things” inside the water. I put my hand inside the bucket into the water, and something brushed up against my hand. I soon found out that it was some type of fish. It was blue, yellow, and red with silver spots all over it. It felt so nasty; it was slimy, smelly, and slippery. It was also very fast and moved like lightning. It also, I saw when I caught the fish, had a big hump on its back.

About the Bean, by Kyle Hillard      I saw a little bug. It was tiny. There was like a brown stripe on it. It was a reddish orange color. There was a fossil. It had a hole in it and it was pale. I found another fossil on a rock. It had a bone-like structure. I saw all sorts of bugs. I wish I would’ve stayed for a longer time.

The Bean, by Kyleen Hough     While we were at the Bean, there were a lot of amazing creatures. There was the water scorpion. The water scorpion’s legs were really long and bent really far. Its body was small like a walking stick and it was black. There was a fish that was a tan color and it was like you could almost see through it. This fish had little black bumpy spots on it. Also there was another bug that looked sort of like a daddy long legs, but it was smaller. It was black, and it jumped a lot. When it jumped, it went pretty high. Another one was a little orange-like worm; it had to only have been like half an inch long if not smaller. When I looked at it through the magnifying glass, you could almost see its little head. When the worm was in the container, it would stretch, and roll up into a little ball, and it would squirm away really fast. It was amazing to see all the different creatures and their habitats.

Writing on the Bean, by Whitney Jeffrey      When I went to the Bean, I had an awesome time. My best friend found a transparent worm. It was so hard to see. It was a clear white color. It was really wiggly. I also saw this crayfish that looked like a cute baby crab. I saw a whole bunch of fast wiggly energetic bugs. It was so fun and I hope to go back someday. We got to look in these tubs that had a whole bunch of interesting things in it that people had brought from the Bean.

My Bean Creek Experience, by Jordan Joslyn      When my class and I went to participate in the Bean Creek activity, we were told to write a paragraph or so about what we learned. My partner and I chose to write on the defense mechanisms of the bugs that we found. Some of the bugs curled up into a gall-like form, others twitched and squirmed. When we caught a mayfly it flopped over on its back and pretended to play dead, but when we put it back in the water it swam around, like it was happy to be back in the water. When we caught a water beetle, I think we squeezed it too hard and we killed it, but we were able to examine it more thoroughly. We noticed that it had 6 legs and it also had 2 tails; it had 3 parts ot its body, its head, middle body, and its bottom. But all in all we learned that no matter what the bug does, it can always protect itself.

The Bean, by Wyatt Kelly
The mayfly flittered in the water
Its eyes are bulging
It has many tails
Its gills flittered in the water
The minnows were flopping in the water
They were like two mini whales
They swam smoothly like an arrow in the air
The water penny was like a real penny
Flat, round, and smooth
The worms were round and squirmy
They wiggled and jiggled all over the place

The Bean Creek River, by Amanda Kern      When we went to see things at Bean Creek, my favorite thing was the beetle that I saw. The beetle we found was most likely a Water Boatman. When we first found the beetle, we put him in a Petri dish to look at him closer. When he was in the Petri dish, he wasn’t moving at all, so we put him in the pan that had 2 small fish in it. When we looked back at the pan a few minutes later, the beetle was chasing the fish and trying to eat them. This amazed me. The beetle was hard to catch after it was chasing the fish. The beetle was darting under rocks and hiding in the dirty water so it couldn’t be seen or caught. I had fun and I hope that all of those lively bugs and trees will always be in Bean Creek to keep the river healthy!

The Bean, by Sheila Komarynski      When I went to the Bean, my partner and I found some different kinds of bugs. The bugs that we saw had eight legs and two claws. We found out that this was a Crayfish. The Crayfish looked like a small lobster. The Crayfish can pull its tail and move backwards. When our class went to the Bean, we caught about 16 fish and a few Crayfish. We also found some weird things that Dr. Kauffman said were Caddisfly larvae, which we found many of. I know that I had fun at the Bean and I learned many new things.

Bean Creek, by Mike Luft      We went to the Bean, and we found a lot of fish and some crayfish, and they were small. And we found some beetles, and they were trying to eat the little fish, but we took them out and put them in just a lot of water. The crayfish look like lobsters. We found a lot of crayfish; they have claws.

Insects, by Cameron Mathews      Well, when we first came I thought it was going to be boring, but I was wrong. It was pretty cool, believe it or not. At first I was a little nervous thinking I wasn’t going to find anything, but with some assistance from my friend Kyle, I found about 4 things. I found this one bug that darted around like crazy. It was like a bullet ricocheting off steel walls. I didn’t catch the name of the bug. I think it had about two legs. Also, I caught a water strider that looked like it was walking on water and it was. But my all-time favorite bug was a mayfly larva or something like that. It looked almost exactly like a scorpion. It looked like it had four legs and a stinger. After that I couldn’t find any more bugs. But when Dr. Kauffman brought around the container of bugs I saw about twenty bugs! I saw a worm, two minnows, and a worm that looked like it was doing the Robot. I also saw a crawfish that when you pushed on its tail, it backed up really fast. And lots more bugs, but I can’t describe them all or else I would have to type more. So that’s my paper on the amazing world of Bean Creek bugs.

The Mighty Bean, by Brett Merillat
Recently, my English class and I went to Bean Creek funded by an EPA grant. We went to see bugs and to write about them. One of the creatures we saw was a water scorpion. It is fairly rare. Our guide had never seen one before. The water scorpion we saw was yellow. It looked like a miniaturized scorpion. It didn’t try to bite us so it isn’t exactly like other scorpions that attack everything. It was a great experience. I recommend that you go.

Green Bugger!!! by Kyle Mills      I saw a green bug on someone’s back. It had weird wings. It looked like a leaf. It tried to fly but I caught it. It looked at me, and I said, I got you little bugger. It looked like it tried to bite me, so I moved to the left and then the right, but it got away from me, and I said, nooooooooooooooooo. I watched it fly away and that was the last of it.

Bean Creek Bugs, by Troy Murphy      When I went to Bean Creek and looked at bugs, I saw a little bug in one of the tubs. Then I got a new tub and Justin and I saw a fish. Since we saw a fish, we got a net to catch it, and then we caught a crayfish in the net instead. Than another kid, his name is Gannon Curtis, saw the crayfish, and we called it Curtis’s crayfish. Then I saw a fish that was called a mudpuppy. After that we caught a minnow.

The Bean Writing, by Amanda Newton      On the Bean, the thing that interested me was the part about the minnow because it was so small and so cool. Another thing about the minnow that I liked was the spots, because I thought that was cool, too. Me and James found some worms in our pan. But that is all we found in the pan. Also, another thing about the Bean was that we found tons of cool bugs.

Stonefly, by Santiago M. Novelo      When we went to Bean Creek, me and my partner didn’t find anything. Well, after that I went to Nathan’s group. Then I saw something squirming around. And it was a stonefly. I touched it, and it shribbled up.

Water Penny, by Stacy Okonski      When my class went to Bean Creek we saw a lot of different species. It was very cold when we went but we enjoyed our visit. The water penny was very cool looking. It was round and it looked like it just floated through the water. I didn’t see any legs. It was very fun and you should go to a creek near you. Peace.

Bean Creek, by Andrew Osborne
When we went to Bean Creek we saw many living things. There was a lid full of them. My favorite thing that I saw was a water penny. It is called a water penny, I think, because it is shaped like a circle and it is flat, so someone might mistake it for a penny. I thought it was really cool. It had a lot of designs on it. It sort of looked like a turtle shell. I really liked it.

Bean Creek, by Jennifer Perritt
Friday we went down to the Bean Creek. While we were there, I saw quite a few bugs and insects. The first thing that I saw was a very long worm. After that I saw a really tiny bug, you could hardly see it. We also saw a very small crayfish. We saw tons of little things, but my favorite part of the day was when I found the worm because it was the biggest worm of the day, and I thought that was really cool.

The Mighty Bean Creek, by Aleah Reese
We went to Bean Creek and saw a lot of interesting things. I saw the Water Scorpion and other creatures. It looks like a Walking Stick but it lives in water and is a little bit smaller. It is brownish black and has a shell-type skin. They are very cool-looking. The Water Scorpion is a water creature. I know this creature because I had it flung at me!!!!!

The Bean, by Nathan Roney      We went to Bean Creek, and we saw a bunch of stonefly larvae. All together we found about seven. I found about five and Santiago found about two. I searched for a long time but wasn’t finding anything but worms until they gave us more rocks. Then I started finding all of them. I found five stoneflies in one container. Then they gave us some more rocks, and Santiago found two more. The stonefly larvae have three pairs of legs and two antennae. They practically look like a bug, and they are considered a bug.

Life at the Bean! by Zach Shaykin      There was so much at the Bean Creek. There was a mudpuppy that flopped around in the water. There were so many worms that squiggled and squirmed. The bugs were really dull, but the bugs were really lively and active. There was a crayfish that had a missing claw; it was so weird. There was also a water scorpion; it was really colorful. I really enjoyed it at the Bean. It was so fun.

Bean Creek, by Nicole Smith      At Bean Creek, we saw a lot of insects in the stream. This is a good sign of a good, healthy stream. When there is a lot of life in the stream, it means that there is not a lot of pollution. If there was a lot of pollution, life wouldn’t be able to survive. At Bean Creek, there were a lot of trees and bushes. This is also a sign of a good stream. No one has altered the environment. People have taken very good care of this stream.
With Elizabeth Court, my partner, we found a mayfly larva. This bug was really small. When we found it, we weren’t sure what kind of bug it was. We had one of the ladies come and help us identify the bug. We found out that is was a mayfly larva.
      I think the project at Bean Creek was a very educational experience. I’m glad that we had this wonderful opportunity.

The Bean, by Stacy Smith      On our 8th grade trip to Memorial Park, we found many different varieties of bugs and many other things such as beetles and fish. The Beetle that was in our pan was a vicious little thing. So we separated them. Every time we tried to catch him, and he was like a snake, he would slither really fast as if he was running for his life. He would also go under rocks. The insects were magnificent, and the flowers were also bright and vivid. We found many fishes. Most of them were minnows, and they were swimming really fast. The flowers were also in bloom, so it looked beautiful.

Bean Creek, by Taylor Smith      When we were looking for creatures in the water, I found a snail. The snail was only a couple of millimeters tall. The snail was attached to a rock. I noticed the snail when I was searching the tub and saw a tiny thing sticking on a rock. When I saw it more closely, I knew it was a tiny snail. It was sort of a greenish-gray color. The snail was very small. It was the smallest snail I had ever seen. On the lake where I live, there are snails but they are about ten times the size of this snail. All the snails I notice on my lake are a couple centimeters long, maybe even an inch or so. My grandma lives in Ohio between the Bean Creek and the Tiffin River. She has a little pond thing behind her house that has little snails in it, too. The snails in the pond are about twice the size of the one I found in Bean Creek, but they still are very small.

At Bean Heidi Stockford      When our class went to Bean Creek, we saw a lot of life. There was one really small worm. It was red and squiggled through the water really fast. It barely ever stopped!
      We also saw a crawfish. It looked a lot like a lobster. It wasn’t red like a lobster, though. The crawfish was brown, probably for camouflage.
My favorite part of the trip was when we saw the Water Striders. They could “stride” on the water!

The Bean, by Kayla Stratton      What I saw at the Bean was mostly slimy stuff. Some things were moss and grass. What I thought about it was, it was gross. I would not want to go back again. It was nice to go there once, but it’s not something I like to do. We found a lot of worms; my partner Lisa killed three of them!! She didn’t mean it, but when she tried to pick them up with the tweezers, she cut them in half. It was very yucky.
These are some of the things we saw at Bean Creek.

Bean Creek, by Ashley Timm      When we went to the Bean Creek, we saw a lot of different species. One of my fav -- the water penny. It looks like a penny. The water penny sticks to a rock or a hard surface. We also saw a family of insects. I don’t remember what they were called, so I can’t tell you that. But then we saw two fish. We couldn’t find out what type they were because we didn’t have anything on fish because we didn’t know we were going to catch fish. (Hehe)
      We had a fun time. It would be fun if we could go again. I would because I was with my friends and having a cool time for a little bit. If you are interested in different kinds of insects you should go to the Bean Creek and check it out. It’s an awesome place to go, so take your kids or nephews, they would like it because it’s got a lot of bugs and fish and mostly that’s what boys like. And some girls but a lot of girls don’t like to get dirty or touch nasty worms or anything like that. Why I say that is because that’s how I am. Well, have a nice day, and I hope you visit a creek near you or the Bean Creek. You better hurry if you want to go. It’s getting too cold to go into a creek to get insects. Have a fun time!!!!!!

The Bean, by Kristen Tucker
      Friday the 26th is when Hudson Middle School students examined the Bean Creek. When I went there I saw many little bugs. I saw a crawfish and a clam. I viewed the water through a magnifying glass and saw a squiggly little worm. I saw a little fish and a big fish! I saw lots of things; many of the things I saw you wouldn’t be able to see with the naked eye. When I saw Bean Creek, I saw how many things are in it. I now see how important it is to protect and keep the Bean clean.

My Trip to the Mighty Bean, by Hobbs Valley      We had an amazing time at the Bean. We found mudpuppies, fishies, crayfish, and even some insects. The mudpuppies had a camouflage top that was like and algae and mud mixture. But the bottom of them was more like shiny neon when the light hits them just right. It also had a large tail on its back and bottom that lets them swim. The fishies were tan with black spots. They looked similar to a guppy – guppies are awesome. I had such an exciting time and learning experience. Going to the Bean was exciting and fun. I recommend that the whole family go.

The Bean, by Janet Verdon    There is lots of different life down at the Bean. When we were there we saw bugs, mudpuppies, and lots of rocks. We got to catch some of the bugs. There are some that you could only see with a magnifying glass. That was what we did at the Bean Creek.

The Mighty Bean, by Tyler Walden      There were many different animals and bugs at the Bean. One of the animals was a mud puppy. He was flopping around in the muddy water.
      There was also a crayfish. It was pretty big. But it had a missing claw. He looked weird with one claw. And the claw was huge for a little animal like him.
      There were many different bugs there. One of them was a water scorpion. It was really lively. He was going all around the water very fast. Then he stopped and curled up into a little circle. He started to spin in the circle. It was cool. There were many different creatures at the Bean. It would be a lot of fun to go again. It might even be fun for you to go.

Bean Creek, by Natasha Waltz      When we were at the creek, I saw many different bugs. But only one bug caught my eye. It was the Crayfish. The Crayfish caught my eye because of the way it walked in the water. When it walked, it left behind little lines in the water, kind of like if you go to the beach and they are fixing the sand to make it look nicer. The color of the Crayfish caught my eyes also; it was a different color then just black like the other bugs. It had its own unique color, kind of like a light yellow. I had fun at the Bean Creek looking at the different bugs and learning more about the different kinds of bugs.

Bean Creek, by Zach Warner      I thought that the crayfish was the most interesting of all the little critters that we found. He was a quick little bugger that would not stay still. He just looked like a tiny lobster but was gray in color. We tried to get a closer look at him, but he just kept on chugging along. Gannon found him so he is the legal father of the child. But I think he had more father feelings toward me. We... well, he named him Cray the Fish. Cray is a cute little one who has my personality and eyes, but Gannon still found it. He was probably the most interesting of all the critters, because it was not too small to see and wasn’t boring. It did the loopy dance where it flops around a lot. All of the other critters just sat there, probably because they were dead, but still. It was an experience I will never forget. Where life and science are brought together in one word, Life science. Even though we are in English!

The Mighty Bean, by Saebra Waterstraut      When we went to the Bean, we saw tons of critters. Some of them were really squirmy and gross but the others were actually kind of cool. My favorite animal was the Mudpuppy. The Mudpuppy was cool because it could camouflage with rocks and the mud in the water. It was really slippery and slimy. We also saw a Water Penny. The Water Penny was really cool because it just stuck to things and you had to hit, shake the rocks to make it fall off. The Water Pennies were interesting and really brightly colored but they didn’t move much. We saw so many bugs I can’t remember them all, but the trip was really fun!

Bean Creek, by Andrew Weasel      When we went to Bean Creek on 9/26, I saw a huge mudpuppy. It must have been at least 3 or 4 inches long with its tail. The back of it was camouflaged to look like mud, but the stomach had a bright tie-dye effect.

Wiggle, Wiggle, by Jesse WebsterWiggle, wiggle went the little water bug.
And then stop. When I went to the Bean
I saw some long, short, fat, little bugs.
Even some that looked like snakes.
Most of them were hiders. Some hid
Under rocks. They flew across the water
Like birds in the air. The coolest was the
Worm. They would stop and go all the time.

The Writing on the Bean, by Larissa White      I saw a lot of interesting things at the Bean that I don’t see everyday. I would have to say my favorite thing I saw that day at the Bean would have to be the Boatman beetle eating a fish. While this was going on the fish was eating the beetle. It was really cool to see something like that. We had to separate both the fish and the beetle. It was a great experience. I had a wonderful time. What I thought was really weird was that the beetle got flipped over on its back, then stayed there, then flipped back over after a minute or so. Another great thing that happened down at the Bean – while I was trying to find something cool I found a fossil and got to keep it. The way the fossil looked, it was very pretty.

On the Bean, by Eric Wolf      On the Bean, I found a worm. I observed how it rapidly wiggled back and forth around the small tub, swaying side to side. I looked into the majestic waters we call the Bean. As I looked at the worms, I noticed they moved rapidly with great intensity around their small enclosure. Yet at the same time the worms’ agility and great acrobatics were so beautifully portrayed, beautifully in the limited, contained space they had. That is what I saw on the trip to the Bean.

The Mighty Bean, by Kellee Wonders     September 26 is the date that English class made my day! Our class went to Bean Creek to study the critters there, and then have the opportunity to write about them. It made my day because I found a bug! The bug I found is called a Water Scorpion. Our guide said that she had never seen one before so it was a pretty good find. I think that “scorpion” is a bad name for it because it doesn’t look like a scorpion; it actually looks like a baby walking stick. Its personality, however, resembles a scorpion. It is very jumpy and quick. It sprints across the water like a hyper jumping bean! It is all black with long antennae and two little black eyeballs sticking out on the side of its head. It is pretty large, for a bug. It is about 3 ½ in. long; however, it is very skinny so it is only about ¼ in. wide. I like this bug; I thought it was neat. I also enjoyed our trip to The Mighty Bean!

Bean Creek, by Graham Woodward
On my trip to Bean Creek, I found and learned a lot about the Creek. I saw many bugs and even two small minnows; also a ton of rocks and leaves.
      One bug my partner Emylee and I found could have been a stonefly. It intrigued me a lot. It was a green stonefly (why do they call it a stonefly when it’s green?). I guess that’s something I’ll have to ask God when I get to Heaven.
      It was a wormlike thing – it was cool though. I think more of these Bean Creek thingies should take place because I learned and saw a lot of cool stuff while I was there.

Bean Creek, by A. J. Youst      We went to the Bean and we saw a lot of little fish. We also saw a lot of crayfish which has six legs and two claws; it has a tail which helps it to swim because it swims backwards and it uses its tail to push it back. We learned about some beetles that were pretty cool, and they had a lot of legs.

The Mighty Bean, by Brandy Zeiger      Our class went to the Bean Creek on Friday, September 26, 2003. Our class was going down there to find different kinds of creatures. We found one that was long and very thin. He didn’t move very much, but he was bigger than most bugs we found. He was called a Water Scorpion. I didn’t even know what a Water Scorpion was until we saw one. He was black and maybe another color that I couldn’t see. He was very still and I was surprised at that because I thought that he would move a lot more with all those people touching him. I thought the Water Scorpion was the neatest creature there.

The Bean Creek      My favorite part was when we caught a swimmer and it swam around and it had big fins – it was the Loch Ness monster. Also, we found a stonefly larva and put it in a Petri dish with the others. Also we found a fish and took a picture and I looked at the fins and they moved. Also, there were some other bugs that we found and put them together. Some had 3 tails and some had none. Also we saw a water penny. There were a lot of people there, and some went into the water. They had nets to catch bugs and buckets to get rocks. If we needed more water, we had to get it by ourselves. If we found some bugs then we would try to find what they were and tell the lady what we thought it was. We also found some shells.