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.

Tree from the WCC Hardwoods

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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The Forest Smells

This is a picture of part of the forest I took while I was at my sit spot.

This is a picture of part of the forest I took while I was at my sit spot.

Have you ever wondered if scent impacts a person? Well, I have and this is what the following blog represents.  It explains how the scent of a forest may be an impact to a persons life.  I will show you if the smell of a forest is important or not.  I also will share personal thoughts regarding this topic. Continue reading

Beauty in flaws

I am sitting outside, leaning against a tree on a warm seventy-degree day. A light breeze is blowing through my hair. I look to my right and see a pine tree. A large knot is on the trunk of the tree. How did it get there? Why is it there? Some think of the knots as flaws, something detracting from the trees beauty. I think the flaws make them beautiful just like our flaws make us beautiful. Continue reading

Appearing without notice

The ‘Bowl”. This is a part of campus in which I saw a squirrel. However I couldn’t take a picture of the squirrel.

Assuming that squirrels were always around I stumbled upon a problem which seemed kind of foolish as I was nearing the end of my citizen science project. The objective of my project was to find, identify and report squirrels in your area, which in my case was all of Washtenaw Community College campus. Many of us have seen squirrels randomly, but have we ever really paid attention to where and when we see these furry critters?

 

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The Lonely Fox Squirrel

The single fox squirrel our Project Squirrel research group found in the Bowl on WCC campus.

The single fox squirrel our Project Squirrel research group found in the Bowl on WCC campus.

According to Scientific American on their citizen science webpage, they give a description of Project Squirrel. Under the description of the project, it mentions that fox squirrels and grey squirrels are two of the most familiar species of wildlife in many neighborhoods and natural areas. I agree with this, I see these types of squirrels the most often as well. Although we have not found any squirrels lounging or running around campus during the times we go out and search, I have seen one; once, outside in the Bowl between 1:10pm-1:30pm on a sunny, warm day. Continue reading

Scared Squirrels?

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The large vehicle tracks found in and around the “bowl.”

On sunnier, warmer days I normally see several squirrels in and out of the trees in what students on WCC campus call “the bowl.” However, on a cloudy and quite windy day, we saw no squirrels at all. At first I thought it may have been due to the strong winds and the absence of the sun and bright, vibrant colors sunlight brings to everything in it’s path; but, as I looked a little harder, I noticed that there were large vehicle tracks that sank deep into the mud and dirt of the paths in and around the bowl. This led me to the question: could the loud, rambunctious noise of construction vehicle’s have scared the squirrels away?

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