Weather: cold, a mixture of rain and snow
Temperature: 20s and 30s
Well, today was our last day at the Green House in Cherry Hill. We woke up to our final breakfast of eggs and bacon. After breakfast, Dr. Chris helped us go over our data from Week 2. Scientists have to spend quite a lot of time working with numbers. They use the data they collect to make hypotheses about the world. Using the data we collected, we calculated that there are probably 21 deer and 9 red-backed voles living at Cook's Lake. We also made a list of all the species we studied while here in Nova Scotia
After the data talk, I had some time to video chat with Ms. Curtis and Ms. Stiffend's
classes from Toomer
. They asked some great questions. The 5th
graders created alliterations, similes and metaphors about the expedition.
I also video chatted with Miss Corey's first grade class in West Lafayette, Indiana. Miss Corey is my cousin. Those first graders were definitely thinking. They asked questions about insects, animals and the weather. Thanks for your thoughts!
After lunch and skype
sessions, we decided to brave the rain and snow mixture and head to the seaside. It was our last excursion and we didn't want to miss anything. Plus, I had yet to see a porcupine and Dr. Chris this was our last chance. So, we all piled in the van and made our way to the Kejimikujik
Seaside Adjunct. Lycos
made himself comfortable on my lap for most of the ride. Can you imagine having a 90 pound dog sitting on your lap? That's more than most of you weigh!
We spent the next two hours hiking along the path at the Seaside Adjunct. Even though it was freezing cold and snowing, we had a great time. It felt wonderful just to be outside. Plus, we saw some beautiful scenery and neat things along the way. This is a picture of a sea urchin. Raccoons
and seagulls like to pull open the urchin and eat the meaty inside.
Long ago, the land around the sea here used to be used to raise sheep. People cut down the forest here to make room for sheep grazing pastures. It is no longer used to graze sheep. Now, it is a protected wildlife park. Nothing grew back on the land. This is the remains of a shepherd's shelter from long ago.
As we were walking along, I was always on the look out for porcupines. I looked for any field sign I could find. I knew that porcupines like to hide in trees, so I looked up. I also looked up to find any branches that they had eaten. I looked down to find droppings. Boy, did we find some droppings! Look at this massive pile of porcupine droppings. Thank goodness I did NOT have to count them all!
This is me, signing off, live from the field in Nova Scotia. I can't believe how much I learned on this expedition. I have a renewed sense of the importance of taking care of our earth and feel so much more connected to the natural world.
I want to thank several people for making this expedition possible for my students and me:
HSBC in the Community (USA), Inc for sponsoring me. Without your generous donation, this would not have been possible.
Dr. Newman and Dr. Buesching for being excellent PIs and teaching me so much.
My team: Suzanne, Yuma, Alison and Candice. You made all the work so much fun!
My students for working so hard during this project and all year, not crying (too hard) when I left for two weeks and for doing a GREAT job thinking like scientists. I hope that you will all go on many scientific expeditions of your own in the future!
My students' families for encouraging a love of science and learning at home and for being so supportive of this adventure.
Dr. Jones and Dr. Hall for being encouraging leaders and for supporting the expedition in so many ways.
Toomer Teachers for visiting the blog, including your students in the expedition via technology and for picking up the pieces while I was away.
Mrs. Fannin for assisting with technology and helping with press releases and media coverage.
Mrs. Clarke for ensuring my students did not fall behind in reading while I was away.
Ms. St. Joy and Mrs. McCrary for making sure there were no technological difficulties. Video chatting worked perfectly!
And, the last person, I cannot thank enough...