Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Creative Writing with the New School

During this school year I'll be working with the 5th grade from the Nantucket New School to create content for a book.  The books will be hand made "perfect bound" paper back books, just like Unidentified Flying Cupcakes from the Jr. Ranger program 2013.  Below is a Poem from Anjali, I responded with a poem of my own.
Len Germinara

Recipe Exchange #1

Lemon Crisp Cookies

"They feel crumbly and smushy,
It smells like lemon in a nice twisted way.
They look scrumptious, fit for a king,
The sound of tiny 'eat me!'s are emitted from the cookies.
The taste of these delicious cookies are indescribable to man kind."

                  -Avacado (Anjali)

Almond Milk Moon

I've heard the sound
of the scrumptious
Late at night
the moon full of almond milk
cats circling my feet

I wipe the crumbly sandman 
from my eyes
sit with a plate
of the thing I most appreciate
something sweet

A poem from a friend


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Warm October Afternoon

With Cranberry Festival almost upon us I wanted to send you some thoughts and images of the season.

Photo by Raymond M.

Photo by Raymond M.

Photo by Raymond M.

Raymond M.

Sunday, September 1, 2013


An Open Letter to Jr. Rangers Past and Present

Another summer has reached senescence

While the memory is fresh as  

Fleeting airborne bits of milkweed

I write this that I might dwell

In your presence

Here in this book we wrote

Summer of 2013

I am known by most as poet

Call myself

Reader, dreamer, off and on

A writer, but

Only off and on

Which, is to say

I’m primarily a reader

Grateful for the work you’ve done

I write this for you

In the hope

You’ll continue



Whale Video


Video of Whale research that you will want to see.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Walking the Wrack Line

The Salt Marsh by Nicholas M.

The salt marsh is without a doubt a highlight of the field station. It has many different animals in it; some of the most notable are the crabs that live there. There is the fiddler crab that is small and makes holes in the sand for it to live in. The male fiddler crab has a small claw and a big claw while the female has two small claws. In the water you can find many decorator crabs also known as spider crabs. These crabs are masters of camouflage and decorate themselves with rocks and seaweed hence the name. The marsh is home to the blue crabs that can grow extremely big and have powerful claws. Being pinched by one of these would really hurt. The salt marsh has many different birds such as cormorants and egrets. There are two different egrets in the salt marsh. The great and snowy egrets are the egrets that make their homes here. The great egret has a yellow beak with black legs and is larger than the snowy, which has a black beak and yellow legs. The plant life in the salt marsh is also very interesting. One of the plants is pickle weed, which has a salty taste to it. The grass in the marsh was once used to feed cattle. This would be different to the cattle because of its salty taste. As you can see the salt marsh is very important in the life of animals and even people.   

Nicholas M.

Strange creatures on the beach and Horseshoe Crabs too. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Raymond, Henry, and Orion

Rainy Day Fish by Sonia

Lenny by Molly A.

The World Wide Web

Raymond and Nicholas on a web adventure.

The Egret Crab - Nicholas M.

The Egret Crab is a creature that lives in some of greatest depths of the ocean. It has long legs that bend back giving it a very strange appearance. It has adapted like this to support itself on the ocean floor. Its body resembles an egret with its long neck. Coming out of its body are two skinny arms with claws on the end that it uses to catch its favorite meal, the Shelled Scuttler. On its long neck it has a small head with eight eyes. It has a long beak also similar to egrets for stabbing and eating. Its main diet the Shelled Scuttler is always the prey of these crabs for they refuse to eat anything else. The crab uses its claws to snap off all of the Scuttler’s tentacles. Then it sticks its beak inside and drinks the Scuttler like a smoothie. It is truly a fierce predator.

Friday, August 16, 2013

2009 video of Caillean leading a nature walk


Thank you Wendy Hudson for the video.

The Pond Kraken pt 3 By Nicholas M.

I bet you have found yourself wondering, “Where do pond krakens come from? What is there origin?” well you can wait no more because we have figured it out. The life cycle of a pond kraken is a very interesting thing. As we know the pond kraken dies right after it expels its stomach full of yo-ho’s and these yo-ho’s at one point will die. When this happens they release spores into the air. These spores then float on the winds until they are above freshwater. They can feel when they reach freshwater with tiny little hairs on them that can feel the temperature of the air. When these plummet into the water they expand to about the size of a jellybean then they drift along the water until they can release their signature scent, which is extremely enticing to snapping turtles. The snapping turtles will go crazy trying to eat these spores.

When a snapping turtle swallows one of the spores it forces itself deep into the ground for its hibernation stage. During hibernation the only part of its former self it keeps is its shell, which becomes the krakens eye. This creates extremely strange patterns on its eyes. After five months it emerges as a fully-grown pond kraken. It then creates its burrow and begins its life.

Italian Ice. By Henry F.

Is also an ice pack
Add to lemonade
Lemon flavored
Is good after working hard at the field station
Nice with great books
Is good with pie
Eat cold or melted

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

How to: by Henry F.

How to sein :
(seining is when two people use nets with weights at the bottom, small buoys at the top and two sticks at either end to catch fish and other creatures)
step 1.  go into a body of water with fish and other small living things.
step 2.  have a group of people gather together.
step 3.  place the seining net in the water so that the buoy floats and the weights are at the bottom  which is about three feet deep.  
step 4.   have two people hold either end of the seining net
step 5.  have the rest of the people walk with the current, towards the net; stomp and make as much noise as you can to scare the fish and other creatures in toward the seining net.
step 6.  after the people have scared the fish in the net the two people walk together keeping the bottom of the net on the ground
step 7. after you have brought the net together grab the two sticks and tilt them sideways this will make the net like a bag
step 8.  now grab the bottom and the top and start pulling it toward you
step 9.  grab the whole net and bring it somewhere where you can examine the fish

How to shave grass:
step 1.  grab the net you want to use it cannot have any holes and must be at least 10 inches in diameter
step 2.  find some grass in the water and put your net in gracefully
step 3.  put your net to the bottom then pull up and repeat 4-5 times
step 4.  now look in the net for small fish and glass shrimp

Friday, August 9, 2013

Subject - Earth Creatures by Nicholas M.

Occupation-Asparugian scientist
Date            26-74-6N9
Location-Sector 5897-Milky way galaxy-Earth
Subject-Earth creatures

          Hello fellow Asparugians.  For todays lesson on earth creatures I am documenting the strange and terrifying Yellow Tounged Jimlob. This earth creature has a very odd way of catching its prey. It first wills creatures to pick it up and put it into a container. It then releases oil into this container that has very odd properties and affects the brain. Finally it uses its mind control once again to make its prey place this substance it creates into their ear. This obviously implies it is taking over their brain. After it does this, the earth creature apparently develops a strange attachment to the lowest creature on the earth food chain the Spectrum Swirled Freeze Slime. The freeze slime makes its home in a white exoskeleton with a tab on top for easy opening. Strange that the freeze slime has evolved to be easier to open.  The only known creature that that the jimlob has taken over is the Blue Horned Deranged Junior, which most believe to be an incredibly foolish being as it has been seen hitting its fellow deranged juniors with sticks and giving other earthly life forms the wrong names. Such as, calling the jimlob Saint John and the freeze slime Italian ice. As you can see earth has a remarkable ecosystem that I will give you more lessons on later through the year. 

Two poems from Nicholas M.

The Hounds

I arrive at the field station
To quite a fun time
Tess is barking at something in the pond
Lenny is making a rhyme

Lenny stands up
He decides what to do
He says, “Release the hounds!
So get the door you!”

Swedgen runs down the steps
Tess runs out of the pond
Oscar runs down the path
All of them respond

And the dogs all have fun
Playing a game of chase
These dogs can get crazy
So give them some space


                          There once was a man named Lenny
For talents he had many
         He could make a rhyme any time
He was very nice about Italian ice

But for hair he doesn’t have any

Lady Crabs by Thomas G.

Lady Crabs

Lady crabs, or Ovalipes ocellatus, live in eastern North America. They are also known as calico crabs or ocellated crabs, because of the purple spots on their shells. They live in the Atlantic Ocean, from Canada to Georgia. They are generally 3.5 inches wide and 3 inches long. They have beautiful shells, earning the name “Lady” crab. Lady crabs are white to yellowish grey, with reddish purple mottled spots all over their bodies and claws. Female crabs use their tails to cover their eggs. Young crabs hatch in the early summer month, beginning their lives as zooplankton. They settle to the bottom of the ocean as crabs by early fall. Lady crabs are very aggressive and they have sharp claws. They also are very tasty. The crabs are often seen partially buried. At the field station in the marsh when I am looking for them, I try to cover as much area as possible. You will know when you step on them. They scurry away from under you and try to pinch you. They then get away very fast, as lady crabs can swim. Like most crabs, lady crabs are scavengers who eat whatever they can find.

By Thomas G

Directions by Ben G.

D irections are the basis for everything.

I ce is formed by water freezing and stops moving in any direction.

R ain falls down when rain gets to heavy

E  arth moves in a rotation around the sun

C ant follow directions…

T ime travels in no direction,  there's no one path

I n life, it can take ups and downs, twists and turns.

O ver and over, you become an idiot and lose your direction.

N o one  knows anthing about direction, only a elusion.

S tupid direction, messing up our lifes.

Directions Poem Courtesy of Le Gigi

Decisions and
Inquiring about where to go and the
Reason you are going there.
Everything you do
Can affect who you are and
That is why you need to take risks
In the sense that you only live
Once, so you should try as much as you can. If you
Never try anything because you are afraid. You aren’t living.
So, go any direction and you will find adventure.
-Le Gigi

Directions By Thomas

Dogs poop
In the woods
Rivers too
Eating random stuff
Cats hate them
Three times a year they have a war
In the quantum plane
November and
September the war goes on

By Thomas Glover

You can read this poem two different ways. The first way is you read the first word of every line. The second way is you read the entire line.

Directions By Nicholas

Deciding to follow them
If we don’t Lenny will eat us
Really lost
Everything is made of matter
Coming to a wormhole
The quantum plane is where wormholes exist
Immediately transferred through space and time
On a different timeline
Not the same way of evolution
Squids happen to be the dominant species