During the last few weeks, our science class went out to do an experiment where we collect worms by using mustard water to coaxed them out. While doing this we went into the hardwood are behind WCC and found the smallish ponds that are located there. As we went deeper into the pond/swamp area, we were surprised to find both a snapping turtle and a water snake almost 3 feet apart from each other.
It was the third day of our worm field study, and everybody was excited to go to the pond. However, a storm decided to meet us there, one step behind. But it wasn’t the only surprise for that day. No, we were (quite literally) stopped in our tracks by a swarm of small jumping critters. What were they?
For my earth science class, we conducted an experiment that required my group and I to venture outside everyday for a week. On one of the days, it was pouring rain and we still needed to go out near the WCC pond next to the Hardwoods. When my group and I had reached the location, there was one problem, the ground was covered with hundreds of tiny toads!!! How were we going to get to our spot with these little guys hopping all around us? Walking carefully, we managed not to squish any of them. Questions about the toads seemed to jump into my mind, as they leapt from the ground. Why were they on the trail? Did they just hatch? Does it have something to do with the rain? Well, the best way to find more about these cute little amphibians was to do research.
According to Anne Woods, a writer for Animals.mom.me “Depending on the species, one female toad can produce up to 30,000 eggs in her life”. This could explain why there were so many little toads at the pond. They may have just hatched, and were looking for their next habitat. After looking at the life cycle of toads, unlike mammals, toads lay eggs which hatch into tadpoles. The tadpoles then transform into toads. This change takes about six weeks, then they relocate to forested area. Since unlike frogs, toads live on land. What I saw, were very young toads making their migration from the nearby pond to the Hardwoods to become fully grown adults. Toadlets dehydrate easily, so during the rain was an excellent time to travel. In some areas of the world, such migration across roads, can cause hazardous conditions for the cars. As the bodies of the dead toads, make the road slick. This has sparked the creation of “Toad Roads” that run under the existing road bed to provide safe passage for the toads. Seeing all those tiny toads on the pathway, is a sight I’ll never forget.
After my poetry post, my team and I split up to do our own posts about our sit spots. We went out in the woods and picked a spot that we became accustomed to. We spent four sessions in our sit spot observing what nature had to offer. It was on the last sit spot that I unlocked the mystery of the animal that makes the “creeek” sound.
As J Cole says, “There’s beauty in the struggle, ugliness in the success” the Eco-towers came a long way from where they began. It was a struggle to hold on and stay strong to survive in a place that wasn’t home. It was a knock off, an artificial creation that tried to play the role of an ecosystem. But it just didn’t have all the necessary factors to help the organisms survive. The Eco-tower as a whole was a failure. Continue reading
Invertebrates and amphibians are both very complex creatures. They’re cold blooded, lay eggs, and are covered in slimy, gross, mucus. These creatures have to learn to coexist with each other every day. Just living in a regular ecosystem, survival is rough. In our individual poems, we will talk about how these creatures had to coexist inside of an ecotower and try to survive while existing.