Antagonizing Worms for Science

On a hot spring day, a group of my classmates and I stepped outside  Each of us had some materials in hand, and I thought to myself that this was gonna be such a drag. The weather was very hot and humid, and the study plot was relatively far away. Honestly, what could be so important about field science to have an entire class dedicated to it? At least that was what I thought before we began to conduct our field study.

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One of the larger worms we found in the Hardwoods.

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The Bowl: Good for Lunch, Not for Worm-Catching

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“The Bowl” on WCC Campus

Over these past few weeks, our science class had broken into groups and performed an experiment designed to catch and count worms. The goal of this experiment was to compare the worm population at two different spots on the WCC campus. We chose The Pinewoods and The Bowl for our two sampling spots. One area worked and one didn’t. Continue reading

Change of Heart About Being Surrounded By Nature!

 

Ever been so bored out of your mind that you started to do random things to avert your attention from what actually matters? That was my constant battle with myself these past few weeks. The idea of being outside in the sun was not something that I was looking forward to. Prior to our class experiment, I frankly did not find anything interesting about observing things and did not believe I would learn anything new. Although I absolutely dreaded being outside looking for worms, somewhere along this quite interesting project, I not only learned a valuable lesson, I also learned very important things regarding worms that I did not pay close attention to before.

 

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Me looking extremely upset because we were standing in the rain!!!

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Mystery of the Stripped Trees

Sitting outside for half an hour once a week can do interesting things to a person. It’s more than bug bites and getting your pants dirty. You have time to sit and look at the natural world indifferent perspectives. I’ve found that blocking out all other distractions help you see things you would’ve never paid much attention to.

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Tree from the WCC Hardwoods

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Hearing the sounds of the forest

In my environmental science class we went outside several times into the WCC pine woods forest. We went out there to our Sit Spots to observe the wilderness and write down and draw what we saw. We stayed out there every time for about one and a half hours, which is our whole science class.

This is a picture of the aquatic plants that live in and around the pond in front of my sit spot.

This is a picture of the aquatic plants that live in and around the pond in front of my sit spot.

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Discovering Signs Of New Life

In our environmental science class we had what our class calls a sit spot challenge.  Basically every week we went outside for 30 minutes and observed and took notes on what we saw in a specific area.  After we finished for homework we wrote a reflection paper on what we saw, smelled, touched, and heard.  Here is what happened on our last day of the challenge:

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