Wicked Worms

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This is a picture taken a few seconds after we put the liquid-mustard extraction, the worm made its self a whole and  is attempting to escape.


Slimy, brainless…and dangerous? Growing up, most of us were told that worms are good for the soil, which is true, but only for gardens, in gardens they eat organic matter which is good for the soil. Over the past few weeks, our class has been learning about the effects worms have in forests, I was very surprised when I learned that worms are bad for forests and that they are an invasive species. Our class was interested in seeing which area had a greater worm density. Then we got into groups and went to the WCC Pinewoods to a trail near a pond to test that using liquid-mustard extraction, which is an extraction that is put on worms to irritate their skin and let them come out of the soil. Continue reading

The Rogue Devourers of Ecosystems

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A photo of my group and I collecting worms for our experiment in Field Science class.

A large worm squirms around close to the surface of the uneven layer of soil while tall, bright green spires of grass reach high, obscuring the surfacing invertebrate from view. Many people can recall seeing something like this. Most would also say that these slimy organisms are key decomposers to an ecosystem, offering vital nutrients to the soil that help support the autotrophs that live within it, but not all is as it appears. As a matter of fact, foreign earthworms may be as harmful to an ecosystem as its relative, the tapeworm, is harmful to our body. Continue reading

Inside the Ecosystem

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

The In’s and Out’s of Moths and butterflies

We looked all over for these butterflies and moths . Hoping to find  them take a picture  and really study and analyze one of these insects and get a better understanding of their role is in the environment. From what I gathered from Butterfly Conservation website is that moths are needed for much more than just pollination which  is also very important because “while they pollinate the flowers they feed on the nectar, this helps with  seed production. This not only benefits wild plants but also many of our food crops, which depend on moths as well as other insects to ensure a good harvest. Moths are apart of the food chain for bats and birds”.

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This picture was take by me in the Hardwood Forest. My group and I had a hard time trying to take a picture of the Cabbage White Butterfly. So we took a picture of the butterfly only to find out that its not clear at all where the butterfly is. Can you find the butterfly?

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Have you seen BAMONA?

My group is participating in the Butterflies and Moths of North America project otherwise known as BAMONA. BAMONA was created by Kelly Lotts and Thomas Naberhaus to help scientist and nature observers track where these butterflies and moths are migrating to. So far scientist have noticed that butterflies are migrating to different places due to climate change. They’ve also noticed that the butterflies are emerging earlier in the year and that there has been a pollination decrease. In order to help these scientists, BAMONA has set up a website where people submit photos of butterflies and moths observed in their area this will help them track down and monitor the butterflies and moths.

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This a butterfly that I saw in the Pinewood Forest. This was the only butterfly I could take a picture of and the quality of the picture is poor.

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