Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
1) Mr. Fullerton's Class
2) Joseph Jones
3) Rosa Gonzalez
4) Luis Gonzalez
5) Mr. Dower's Summer School Group
6) Ms. Denninger's and Ms. Generoso's group
7) Mr. Beck's Class
8) Oscar Perez
9) and Ms. Buran's Class
Some people left the correct answer but forgot to leave their name.
These bats are also known as fruit bats or Flying Foxes check out these close up pictures of them. Its scary to see them during the daylight.
Ms. Denninger's and Ms. Generosa's class wanted to know if it was ants or spiders that created the silk to close the leaves up. It was the Green Tree Ants. My lab partner found out that the ants are edible so he actually ate one!!! He said it tasted like lime. Watch the video, although it's a little hard to see the ant!!!
Well I'm headed to Paluma Rain Forest early tomorrow morning then flying directly to Ayers Rock for the weekend. I'll probably write about about both trips as soon as I get back from Ayers Rock on Monday. Don't Forget to check back and answer the questions for a chance to win a prize!!!
Monday, July 13, 2009
There are also kangaroos and wallabys on campus. I haven't seen any kangaroos yet, but here is a picture of a wallaby that I saw after lunch today.
I haven't seen these last animals on campus. However, they were all over a tree I saw in a city named Cairns. Cairns is about a four hour drive north of Townsville. Click on the video and see if you can guess the what animals are in the tree. First to guess correctly will get a prize when I return!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
There's an island off the coast of Australia named Magnetic Island. I went there yesterday to collect some samples of seaweed (macroalgae). I collected 5 different samples of seaweed, with the help of my snorkeling skills, and brought them back to the lab.
At the lab I shook the samples of seaweed in water and placed that water in a filter. The material left over are thousands and thousands of little cells that live on the seaweed. We analyze these cells (microorganisms) to see if any of them can be harmful to certain fish. Some of these cells release deadly toxins into fish.
After we collected the cells off of the seaweed we placed the seaweed on a piece of paper and created a herbarium (see picture).
Next we used a key to identify the species of seaweed that we collected. Pretty cool stuff.
Ok now for the question. Remember first to answer this question wins a prize. Who named the island "Magnetic Island?"
Friday, July 3, 2009
Ok, there is the question. I have so many more pictures of native wildlife that I can show when school starts. Remember, I'll put up between 1-3 posts a week, so keep checking back.