Forest Products October 15, 2014Posted by jessicategt in Events & Announcements.
Last week we visited Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge and learned about a couple of different ecosystems, including forests. Forests are very important for wildlife but they are also very important for us! Even people who do not enjoy spending time outdoors have the forest to thank for many of the things they like. This week we will be talking about the many different kinds of products we get from forests, how we can responsibly use our forest resources, and even learn how to make our own paper!
Grassland and Forest FIELD TRIP October 8, 2014Posted by jessicategt in Events & Announcements.
This week we will be switching gears from looking at individual groups of animals or types of animals to entire ecosystems. An ecosystem is simply defined as a community of organisms and non-living components that interact with their environment as a system. There are many different types of ecosystems! This week on our field trip to Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge we will focus on two specific ecosystems: forests and grasslands. We will also begin to study ecology, which studies the interactions between organisms and their environment! This is a really exciting opportunity and be ready to learn about another branch of science. REMEMBER: wear comfortable, close-toed shoes for walking outside!!
Nocturnal Animals October 1, 2014Posted by jessicategt in Events & Announcements.
Last week we learned that most but not all bats are nocturnal (or active at night). We have also learned a little bit about owls. However, owls and bats are not the only animals that come out and move around during the night hours! This week we will talk about some nocturnal species, the advantages and disadvantages of being nocturnal, and how nocturnal species are different than diurnal (or active during the day) species! We hope you will leave here ready to explore the night life that is all around us.
Bats, Bats, Bats! September 25, 2014Posted by jessicategt in Events & Announcements.
After several weeks of investigation into our flighted friends (birds and insects–with a few flightless exceptions from each, of course), we will continue with the only truly flighted mammals: bats! This week we will focus on bat anatomy as they are obviously unique among mammals, what bats eat, and bat senses including echolocation. We will also learn how bats are VERY important to the environment and talk about bat facts and myths. If you do not really like bats, we certainly hope you will change your mind after we learn about how amazing and important they are. Be ready to go batty for bats!
Entomology Field Trip September 17, 2014Posted by jessicategt in Events & Announcements.
This week we will be taking our first field trip to the Clay Lyle Entomology building at Mississippi State University. You will have an opportunity to see preserved insect specimens from all around the world, view many live insects including beehives, and sample for some of our own insects. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes for insect sampling! Pick-up will be at normal time from Ward-Stewart. Come ready to learn more about the insects of the world!