Marine Ecology October 31, 2014Posted by jessicategt in Events & Announcements.
We learned about the amazing fish that live underwater last week, so this week we will take a look at fish and other animals that live in the ocean. These marine species have a huge impact on the oceans in which they live. As always, come prepared to learn!
Ichthyology October 24, 2014Posted by jessicategt in Events & Announcements.
After a couple of weeks of looking at a larger view of the world and how things interact together, we will readjust our focus back to a specific part of nature. This week we will be learning about ichthyology, or the study of fish! We will learn about some Mississippi fish species, fish anatomy, research methods for studying fish populations, and some of the ways to manage fish sustainably (so that we will have healthy populations forever). Come prepared to learn about our fish friends that live under the sea, pond, and all other sorts of bodies of water.
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.