LA WARD — The crustaceans were met with squirms and excitement.

Kashney Cantu held her hand out for Nicole Pilson, a Matagorda County Sea Grant extension agent who gently placed a small freshwater crawfish in the center of her palm.

Travis Middle School students take field trip to Formosa-Tejano Wetlands

Kashney Cantu, 13, holds a freshwater crawfish in her hands during a class field trip to the Formosa-Tejano Wetlands on Tuesday.

Travis Middle School students take field trip to Formosa-Tejano Wetlands

Corbin Gray, 14, looks through binoculars during a class field trip to the Formosa-Tejano Wetlands on Tuesday.

Travis Middle School students take field trip to Formosa-Tejano Wetlands

Karen Lyssy, with Texas A&M AgriLife, talks to a group of eighth grade students about erosion, weathering and other terms during a demonstration on the class's field trip to the Formosa-Tejano Wetlands on Tuesday.

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Kali Venable is an investigative and environmental reporter for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6558 or at kvenable@vicad.com.

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