25 January Science 7 Biodiversity Walk #1

  1. Review previous DSN entry. For this class: http://rfrazier.msblogs.aes.ac.in/2018/01/23/23-jan-science-7-more-on-flowers-fruits-biodiversity/
  2. Read blogpost for today.
  3. Prepare DSN entry for today.
  4. Biodiversity Walk #1:

Today we will make a tour of the campus. We will go as far as we can in the time available. We will see what we see. When we pass your partner tree, speak up! We will stop for you to tell us something about your tree. We will conduct some observations/activities while there. We will look for trees, plants that are flowering and fruiting, birds (remember the 7 S’s), lizards, squirrels, bees, butterflies, other insects, spiders, whatever we see. We want to¬† notice, observe, describe, photograph, sketch, make a list. Please keep your attention on the tasks at hand. Gather close whenever someone is talking. Make note of the “noticings” and the discussions.

With each example we notice, try to develop a “search image.” This is an image in your mind that allows you to recognize something, in this case a kind of living thing, that you have seen before. It is a very interesting piece of learning to develop a “search image.” The first “search image” we have promoted is that of your partner tree. Have you reached the point of recognizing your partner tree species in other settings? If so, you have developed a “search image” for that species.

  • Questions for initial ecological surveys (base for Field Study 1–summative):
  1. How many “kinds” of _________ are there on the AES campus? (What is meant by kind?) (richness)
  2. How many of each “kind”? (abundance, population, census)
  3. How are the “kinds” distributed? (map, biogeography, niche)
  • Questions for ecological investigations–tests of possible patterns and relationships (base for Field Study 2–summative):
  1. What are some questions you think of during our walk about the things we see and talk about?

 

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