Forest and Grassland Ecology (Noxubee FIELD TRIP!) October 7, 2015Posted by jessicategt in Events & Announcements.
Ecology is the study of the interactions between living organisms and the non-living parts of their environment. An ecologist knows that to truly understand a species you have to know how it is connected to its environment. They ask all kinds of questions like: What does it eat? What eats it? Where in the world does it live? What kind of habitat does it need? What else does it need to survive? This week we will be talking about forests and grasslands and some of the interactions that take place (see above for an example of a forest food web). At Noxubee there are examples of both ecosystems and we will get to explore some of these areas. Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes this Tuesday as we start to connect some of the things we have learned!
First Camping Trip of the Year (Camp Seminole) October 7, 2015Posted by jessicategt in Events & Announcements.
This weekend we will have our first overnight trip camping at Camp Seminole. We will have a lodge with boys’ and girls’ bunks available, but you are welcome to bring a tent to set up outside (you will be responsible for setting up and breaking down your own tent). Drop off will begin at 6 PM Friday at camp, and our cookout dinner will begin at 7 PM. Remember to check for what items you can and cannot bring on this trip (leave electronics at home). We will have a busy morning Saturday and pick-up will be from Seminole by 11:30 AM. We are looking forward to a weekend of camping, food, and fun!
Bats and Nocturnal Wildlife September 23, 2015Posted by jessicategt in Events & Announcements.
Throughout the animal kingdom there are certain species adapted to life between sunset and sunrise. Animals that are active at night are called nocturnal, animals that are most active at dawn and dusk are called crepuscular, and animals that are active during the day are known as diurnal. Some of the most well-known nocturnal species are bats and owls, but there are many other birds and mammals as well as reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates that make the night come alive. This week we will be exploring different nocturnal species, discussing why an animal would be nocturnal, and more!
ENTOMOLOGY FIELD TRIP!!! September 16, 2015Posted by jessicategt in Events & Announcements.
This week is our first Science Club field trip of the year! We will be visiting the Clay Lyle Entomology Museum and continuing to talk about insect diversity and life strategies. The museum has a large collection of preserved and pinned specimens we will see, as well as quite a few live insects and arthropods. Before we go, think about any questions you have about insects that you would like to ask a professional entomologist. Remember, pick-up will be directly from carpool at normal pick-up time.
Entomology and Forensic Entomology September 9, 2015Posted by jessicategt in Events & Announcements.
This week we will be learning about the largest and most diverse class of animals, insects! From the tiniest gnat to the Giant weta (the world’s largest and heaviest insect), ALL insects have 3 body segments and 6 legs. We will learn about some of their life strategies and the diversity among insect orders. Also included in our study will be forensic entomology, the way we use knowledge of insect life cycles to solve mysteries and even crimes! We look forward to seeing you this week as we study some of the least appreciate but most important animals.