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  1. jholmes says:

    Hi MELJ! Yes, you can observe waterbears with a Foldscope! There are many nice posts in this forum about that, and here is one that has describes where and how to collect your sample and how to prepare it. I hoper this helps: https://microcosmos.foldscope.com/?p=17901
    (Ignore the Electron Microscope images, in the beginning, watching a live tradigrade with your foldscope will be so much more fun!!)

    Looking forward to hearing about your collecting locations and what you find!

    Jay

    1. jholmes says:

      That post I shared gets a little fancy, don’t worry about all the fancy details and improvise where you need to… that is the fun part of exploring, figuring out your own special little tricks and tools. And then sharing those tips and tricks! 🙂

      The basics are:
      – collect some lichen or moss (Tardigrades live in other places too, but this is a place that they love)
      – put it in a little dish with water that does not contain chlorine
      – I usually then wait for about 24 hours
      – get a little bit of the water from the bottom of the dish, or squeeze a little from the lichen or moss onto your slide
      – place the slide under your microscope and explore!

      You may also see rotifer, nematodes and all kinds of other fun stuff living in the lichen jungle!

      Jay

  2. jholmes says:

    That post I shared gets a little fancy, don’t worry about all the fancy details and improvise where you need to… that is the fun part of exploring, figuring out your own special little tricks and tools. And then sharing those tips and tricks! 🙂

    The basics are:
    – collect some lichen or moss (Tardigrades live in other places too, but this is a place that they love)
    – put it in a little dish with water that does not contain chlorine
    – I usually then wait for about 24 hours
    – get a little bit of the water from the bottom of the dish, or squeeze a little from the lichen or moss onto your slide
    – place the slide under your microscope and explore!

    You may also see rotifer, nematodes and all kinds of other fun stuff living in the lichen jungle!

    Jay

    1. Melj says:

      Thank you very much jholmes if i found one i will post it thanks 😊

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