Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
Yesterday, our Jr Rangers went on a plant Id scavenger hunt. This plant, (Datura stramonium) is a member of the Nightshade family and is known by such common names as Jimsonweed, Thorn-apple, and the very colorful "Hells Bells". This plant is medicinal, it's toxins (which are significant) make this a plant that should be handled with care, and only by trained experts. This plant will be today's writing prompt.
Monday, July 16, 2012
This past Sunday the Conservation Foundation hosted a nature walk for members families. Anjali is wearing the latest fashion for Deer Fly control on top of her hat, a blue cup covered in Tangle Foot, a sticky substance that works just like fly paper. When we catch the flies, we feed them to our turtles and fish.
Friday, July 13, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The Jr Rangers work to keep our waters free of invasive species whenever possible. Pictured above is some Codium. Codium competes for the same habitat as Eel grass. The Codium in turn, has been invaded by a Tunicate, a good word and species to study. Our after lunch discussion today.
After lunch our Jr Rangers take a half an hour or so to review our mornings work. Storytelling and songs, sometimes poetry are part of the process. Here are a few of the Acrostic poems that came out of yesterday's after lunch discussion.
Marsh fiddler crab fiddles,fiddles around the marsh to dig,dig out a nice little home in the sweet Marsh.
A Marsh is where marsh fiddler crabs fiddle around and flies buzz,buzz,buzz.
Return to their homes that are holes in the marsh, the marsh fiddler crabs hide from Godzilla with plastic feet.
Salt pan is the lowest point in the marsh, where flies lay their eggs and where marsh fiddler crab waits for a snack.
High in the sky the fiddler crab fiddles around, and falls down,down,down to be food for flying monsters
An amazing bird
Caging them is wrong
On and on they go flying in circles looking for pray
None should kill them
Got to get one
Fiddling Fiddler crabs fiddle together
Identify by big or small claws, which snap prey
Digging their small but long holes just to get moister so they can breath
Doodling in the sand, we step on them
Liking one and another is not why they stick together, they together for a less chance of being eaten by predators
Every day, more are getting born, more are growing, and more are dying
Remembering them reminds us of crabs, and crabs remind me of green crabs that we squish
Crazy as we know it, it only has enough smarts to get by the day
Remaining in their holes, we cannot find them
A crab is a crab, and all crabs have something in common
Being out in their habitat they like, but when captured easily die
Serving is their duty, and they know it well. Fiddler crabs live on.
Catbird, catbird flying in the sky
Another bird comes along
They are both happy together
Both of them are catbirds
I think they are beautiful together
Really cool together
Doing their thing
They are awesome
An aggressive shark
White on its belly
High on the food chain
On the most aggressive shark list
Engage with sharks
Some sharks lay eggs
High in protein
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
On my first day as a Jr Ranger this year my mom drove me to the field station. Lenny met me there. He showed me the fish in the fish tank. 5 minutes later a car showed up. A family wanted to go seining. Lenny said , “Sure, we can!” So 5 minutes later we were going to the marsh. When we got there we walked all the way down the deer path. We started seining. While I was holding the net the other people saw a blue crab. When we pulled in the net we saw what we had: fish, shrimp, and crabs. We brought them back to the lab. My mom was waiting there. She drove me home.
Friday, July 6, 2012
Fiddler Crabs by Anjali
“Oww!!!” A male Fiddler crab just pinched me. We were catching Fiddler crabs to make a Fiddler crab tank. We only caught Sand Fiddler crabs, not Mud Fiddler crabs.
There is a unique way of catching Fiddler crabs. If you were trying to catch a Fiddler crab, and it fled into its hole, right where the tunnel goes left or right, North or South, or just straight down, you put your hand in the sand and block the tunnel. Then you push up and the Fiddler crab pops up and you get another chance to chase it.
After we caught the Fiddler crabs, we went for a little swim. I got dunked a couple of times and then we started to head back. When we got back to the laboratory, we pour both the sand and the Fiddler crabs into what used to be the tank of… DOOM!!!!!!!!! We caught about 20 Fiddler crabs, out of a million and a half. That was pretty fun!!!
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Eliza and Anjali on the beach
Today was my first day as a Junior Ranger, I learned so much about nature, like, deer flies hang around Juniper Trees and when a warm blooded animal walks past the Juniper Tree the deer flies attack! We went to the beach and looked at deer tracks and erosion. I learned that you can tell a male and female deer apart from their tracks! We also looked at dead man's fingers, a type of seaweed that takes over eel grass. Then we walked back and had lunch. After lunch we went to the Conservation Foundation and picked up badges and bags for us to keep. When we got back we had free swim time on the beach, I also got to hand feed the turtle. I had a really fun first day.
Last week our cracker jack staff of Jr. Rangers took a nature walk with Mackenzie (in the front with camera) and her mom. Little Mack liked it so much she brought her brother, her dad, and mom back to show them around the field station and show them what she learned.
Jr Rangers (back row) Tate, Eliza, Anjali, Orion, Sonia, and Ross.