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

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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Sky Tears

In our third Sit Spot, we were challenged to make observations without using sight to help us. I really enjoyed this activity because the particular day that we did this, it was raining. I had never really thought about what rain feels like against your skin because I’m always freaking out about not getting being in the rain. It was relaxing to sit down and think about how it feels when it rains, where the rain comes from and how it gets back to you.

Forest Canopy above my Sit Spot

Forest Canopy above my Sit Spot

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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

Forgotten Chambers

Earth is more than what people think it is. When we first think of Earth, we think about water and trees. But, we forget so many important components such as Duckweed on a pond, flowers in a field, or the fruits of a tree. Earth is filled with many systems and some of the most important ones are the various ecosystems. We focused on one  by creating a small model that we kept for about three weeks and recorded the changes within it. The model consisted of three chambers: Terrestrial, Decomposition, and Aquatic. These poems that are below are the chambers and some of what is inside them speaking out of their feeling of being forgotten. Continue reading