The weather up here as definitely taken the seasonal direction. The rain has just barely stopped, and strong north winds began to howl today, as the temperatures dipped to the high 40's, making it feel every bit as raw, damp, cold as one could imagine. It was barely tolerable in the field, where we conducted our trap counts, deer/hare quadrants, and animal transects. We just finished a nice dinner of chicken curry, which tasted great after a long cold day in the woods. Our evening presentation is on geology and the history of the planet; a topic I've been looking forward to all week!
As for pictures from today, unfortunately, there are none due to the cold wet weather. These pics were taken from our hike in the Kejimkujik National Park (and they are of the natural succession, hint hint, that is occurring there).
However, please respond to the final assignment, Part 1 as a blog response, and Part 2 in your journals:
Part 1: According to Wikipedia, Succession is the phenomenon or process by which a community progressively transforms itself until a stable community is formed. Think about the land around where you live and where school is. Imagine what it looked like 10 years ago, 50 years ago, 125 years ago, 500 years ago. Was it always full of the same trees? Was it ever grassy grazing land for cows and farms? Was the Merrimack River higher or lower, and therefore, was the school's location underwater? Was there ice and large boulders instead of fields and forest?
Choose a time at least 100 years ago or longer, and do a little research (use google, ask parents, grandparents, elders) what the land was like in your home area and school. Be as specific as possible using examples of what was there (types of trees, animals, etc). Keep your online blog post to 2 sentences.
Part 2: In your STEM notebooks: expand on part 1 by including a drawing of what it might have looked like back in time (use color, refer to real data that you can research) AND draw a second picture of what it looks like now. Take you time and be creative. Use Mrs. Moore's Art tips if you feel lost or have a hard time getting started.
After I check your notebooks, we will likely be having a continuation on this assignment as a way of better understanding our place in time in West Newbury, Groveland, and Merrimack, as well as the greater Gulf of Maine.
Have fun. This is due by next Tuesday. Make sure all blog response assignments have been completed by next Tuesday as well. See you soon!