Fri., Oct. 5, 2018 – Biodiversity Trip to RBG

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In this picture Jane is talking about a type of berry that can be ingested but causes stomach pain. Jane is talking about how the trees roots like to spread out and why there are so many of them at the RBG, we are not sure what the name is of this berry or the tree that they grow from. This tree is important because birds and animals eat the berries.   – Max & Kevin F


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In this picture Jane is telling us about carp. This landscape used to be a beautiful marsh. The carp ate most of the green life. This is why this area is not a marsh anymore, but it is starting to grow back on the far side. However, the RBG put in a contraption (waterslide) that catches the carp that try to come in, but it lets in the other fish.  – Meghan and Mia




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In this picture, Jane (the guide) is showing Kevin.F and Alex  a mushroom (a type of fungus) which is bigger than usual mushrooms. It grows in normal grass. It is called a Giant Puffball, and there were many of these mushrooms around.  We researched back in the classroom: The Giant Puffball is edible when it is young, and it is also edible when it is white and firm on the inside. But if the inside is yellow and mushy, you should not eat it. If you try to kick a Giant Puffball, it will shatter if young, splat if middle aged, and create a cloud of dust if old or dry. It is usually about 20-60 cm wide. It is about 7.5-30 cm high. What a mushroom!  – Jaap & Emad


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In this picture we are looking through our bins that we got water from in this pond to find different  insects that live in this water. Then we are examining it and finding different features that make it stand out from others so we can write down and record what insects (a type of invertebrate) we found, how many (abundance), temperature, dissolved oxygen, water clarity, and notes. -Jake

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In this picture Kevin is staring at the water for insects and living creatures in the pond. This project is to see if the water is drinkable and we learned that the more insects in the water, the higher chance of it being drinkable. If nothing is in the water, there could be a chemical or something that could harm life to the point of death. The different types of bugs can also show how drinkable the water is, some bugs live in cleaner and more drinkable water while some bugs live in more harmful water. We also saw a frog and that kind of showed that the water was drinkable. There were also plants as a contributing factor.  – Kevin F & Max


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In this picture, Rachel, Dace, and Sophie are standing on a rock surrounding a little marsh that we explored. In this experiment, we were pond-dipping, and recording all of the things that we scoop up, out out of the water. In the picture, it appears that they are writing down what they just caught in their white bin. We were catching invertebrates. Marshes are usually covered in duckweed, a type of plant. The pond helped us discover lots of new things! – Jaap & Emad



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In this picture, Rachel was scooping up duckwee (a weed on top of the marsh that ducks like to eat) and water from the marsh. She was looking for invertebrates like a pouch snail, rifle beetle, water beetle, diving beetle, back swimmer and lots more. After she looked in the tub she would pour the water back in the marsh.  – Nalini & Josh


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In this picture, Dace was writing down some invertebrates that she found in the marsh. Some invertebrates that she might have found in the marsh may have been a pouch snail, rifle beetle, backswimmer and etc.. She was writing it down on a paper that Jane gave her and the paper was for the wetlands.   – Nalini & Josh



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Our guide Jane was testing the water from the marsh. Mitchel took a sample of the water from the marsh. Jane tested the water sample with chemicals to see if the water was a good environment for invertebrates. She was looking to see what shade of blue the chemicals made the water. The dark blue indicated that the water was good for invertebrates in the marsh.


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