Source: Even during the winter, there are some wet swampy areas that defy freezing. Sometimes it’s the current; sometimes it’s the heat from decomposition that keeps the water from freezing. Alternatively chopping through ice in a shallow swampy are would also give you access to the bottom detritus. A sample was taken from my backyard pond on Dec 10th.
Sample: When taking a sample, ensure that there is plenty of vegetation. Some will still be green. You may find Duck Weed, or some kind of filamentous algae. A 500 mL sample will provide enough material for several classes. I re-purposed a used blister pack to act as well slides for this activity. When glued to popsicle sticks, my mechanical stage easily gripped this. That allowed me to have 6 samples on the stage at once.
Teacher and students will participate in an inquiry designed to consider how reflective surfaces of windows might pose as a potential danger for birds. Students will have the opportunity to make observations through field work (community walks), as well as conduct research to learn about birds, their habitat, basic needs and develop a solution and prototype to help protect birds from harm using the Design Thinking approach.
We are tagging the monarch through a program call Monarch Watch which is a nonprofit education, conservation, and research program based at the University of Kansas that focuses on the monarch butterfly, its habitat, and its spectacular fall migration.
This year our school has raised over 120 Monarch larvae. To date we have tagged and released 92 Monarch butterflies. Many students are intrigued by the program and have been contributing with larva found at home, providing milkweed to feed the larva and providing oranges and flowers for the Monarchs when they emerge from their chrysalis until there are released.
This endeavour has provided many educational pluses as students are very interested in the life cycle of not only the Monarch butterflies but also the many other “critters” they are finding and researching throughout our school yard. It has also been the starting point for many related classroom inquiries and writing activities as well.
Thanks so much for sharing Kent
Kent Cheesman is the Principal of Cookstown Central Public School.
This is an image of an insect taken from a Huawei p 30 pro cell phone camera. When I compare that to images that I took in 1978 using a really good dissecting microscope with an optical camera, this is incredible. I could easily take these images and identify this insect using a good dichotomous key.
The cost for this cell phone camera is comparable to that of a good dissecting microscope attached with an optical camera, around $ 1400 dollars. Either just with the cell phone, or equipped with the hand held circular motion free tripod, this device could greatly improve field trip images without the need to take specimens back to the lab. What a great purchase for a science department!
Question: Can you identify this insect from the banks of the Ottawa River? Send your answers to email@example.com, attention safety committee. Answer will be posted next week.
This is a picture of my front lawn. You might see a decided absence of grass. When I first moved here, it took me almost 2 hours to cut the grass in the front and back yard. At my wife’s urging she suggested that we plant trees to make the busy road in front of our house disappear, buffer the traffic noise, and put a stop to the endless cutting of grass.
In addition by selecting some plants natural to the landscape, we have made a difference to this small welcome insect. Win/win…considerably less grass cutting, and a more interesting yard.
Extend that same idea to a school yard, and an ecology field trip could be as convenient as a short walk outside.
Images taken with a Motorola Cell Phone with an Android System..
We’ve already been told that everybody poops – but did you ever stop to consider why? It’s thanks to our heroic through-gut that humans don’t suffer the same fate as jellyfish and anemones, and every hero has an origin story… Hosted by: Olivia Gordon