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Animal:garbage ratio

Explore a local stream, river or lake looking for trash and animals. How many birds, mammals, fish and reptiles do you find for every piece of human waste? 

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You could share your findings with your local authorities when you are done.

There may be a local organisation that helps to look after the freshwater that you have investigated for this mission. If they need help, why not volunteer with them one weekend?
Mission Risk: High
High. The most daring of missions. Be sensible and don't take any big risks.Make sure you get permission before doing this mission. You may need to take an adult with you. Don't go into the water or too close to the edge. Collecting trash is great for the environment but you could get sick or have your hand removed by something unexpected in the water. Take part in an organised clean-up with a local charity if you want to help wildlife and reduce pollution.

Mission Id: 3304

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    Freshwater Explorer
  • Challenger

    National Geographic Education

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Doing missions on this website can be dangerous. Always get permission before exploring and make sure your plans are reasonably safe. A place that is safe one moment can become dodgy the next so keep your wits about you. We cannot take any responsibility for any injuries or harmful effects resulting from your actions. It's your job to survive your explorations intact.

To increase your chances of success complete our training and safety tips before starting. That way you are more likely to win currents and keep your head on.