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Aquatic Entomology

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Entomology is the study of insects.  Aquatic Entomology is the study of insects that live in the water during all or part of their lives. Many flying insects such as dragonflies, damselflies, caddisflies spend their larval youth in a stream, where they are the primary prey of fish. You can tell a lot about the quality of the water in a stream by the species living in it.



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Botanists study plants. Over 10,000 species of plants live in California, so a botanist has a lot of studying to do just to learn to identify them. But botany is more than just knowing the names of plants. Botanists learn where and when plants bloom, what pollinates them, and what eats them.



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Ornithologists study birds. Some are especially interested in birds of prey, such as eagles, hawks, and owls.



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Zoologists study animals but the animal kingdom has too many animals for one person to know all about. So, most zoologists focus their study on a particular group of animals.