Marine Ecology October 26, 2016Posted by jessicategt in Events & Announcements.
Continuing our discussion on aquatic species, we will discuss marine ecology this week. Since most of Earth’s surface is covered in oceans, the interactions of the organisms in these ecosystems are important. Despite that importance, marine ecosystems are often understood very little compared to terrestrial ecosystems. We are still discovering new species in the ocean, and more of the moon’s surface has been explored than the bottom of the ocean. If you want to discover some real life monsters this Halloween, do some research on the species of life that live in the aphotic zone (the depth at which light no longer reaches) like the anglerfish or the goblin shark! This week we will talk about the ocean environment and the ecological relationships between marine species.
Ichthyology October 19, 2016Posted by jessicategt in Events & Announcements.
After several weeks of focusing on terrestrial ecosystems, we are now going to dive into a group of aquatic wildlife. Ichthyology is the study of fish! There are three major classes of fish: jawless fish, cartilaginous fish, and bony fish. Jawless fish, as their name suggests, do not have jaws and include species like the lamprey. Cartilaginous fish have skeletons made up of cartilage instead of bone and include sharks, skates, and rays. The majority of fish species fall into the class of bony fish. There are about 28,000 species of bony fish, with lots of variation and many familiar species (bass, catfish, parrotfish, clownfish, minnows, sturgeon, paddlefish, pufferfish, lionfish, etc.). In Science Club this week we will talk about the adaptations fish have to survive as well as their anatomy. We hope to see all of you there for a swimmingly good time!
Forest Products October 12, 2016Posted by jessicategt in Events & Announcements.
Thanks for joining us on our field trip to Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge! This week we will be talking about resources that humans use that come from forests, as well as the impacts we can have on forests. We get so many things from our forests, a few examples are paper, pencils, firewood, food (fruit, nuts, syrup), furniture, houses, medicine, musical instruments, and sports equipment. It is important to properly manage forests that are being used to make all of these things, and we will also talk about some of these techniques. With wise use, we can get everything we need from trees and maintain a healthy environment!
NOXUBEE REFUGE FIELD TRIP October 5, 2016Posted by jessicategt in Events & Announcements.
This week we will be at the refuge looking at forest and grassland ecology! Ecology is the study of the relationships between organisms and the living and non-living parts of their environment. We will explore some of the grasslands and forests at Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge and talk about some of the specific relationships between organism found in those ecosystems. We hope you will all be able to join us on our second field trip of the year!
Nocturnal Wildlife September 28, 2016Posted by jessicategt in Events & Announcements.
After talking last week about perhaps the most famous group of nocturnal species, the bats, we will talk this week about other species that are active during the night. We will also talk about crepuscular species, those that are most active during dawn and dusk. Nocturnal species can have many adaptations that help them survive including large eyes, advanced hearing, a keen sense of smell, and special adaptations like echolocation. Many communicate with unique calls. There are several challenges nocturnal wildlife face, including more and more light pollution. Increasing human development that leaves lights on during the night can have negative effects on wildlife that we are only starting to learn about. Come learn about the creatures of the night this Tuesday!