Today was exciting for my ‘Bug Research Team’. We struggled setting up the trap as there was a broken frame. Nevertheless, we persevered, set the trap and fought off many primary students for entry into the area! Great day and excited anticipation for our ‘bug catch’ for tomorrow!
Lorne Park Public School is really excited to have found the perfect location for our Malaise Trap! It’s located in our newly created “no-mow zone.” We have a hard working and inquisitive group of kid-scientists who can’t wait to discover the variety of insects that will be collected in the trap. We’re really looking forward to Monday’s official start!
On Friday we had 60 grade 5 students scout out the perfect location. We found a spot in the forest that was easy for all students to see, but clear from wayward balls flying from the sports court!!
The Grade 2/3 class at Cyril Varney Public School in Sudbury, Ontario is excited to be a part of the Malaise Trap Program. We started off our day today by exploring all the living things in our school yard and then after about an hour, the students captured over 8 different types of insects. Shortly after their discoveries, we had a couple of the grade 6’s help put up the tent. They had fun too! The kids were so intrigued that they were going to spend the weekend looking for bugs in their own backyard. Many of them said they wanted to bring them in on Monday to show the class. We look forward to reading blogs from other schools!
This morning at The Riverwood Conservancy, elementary instructor Alison, and teaching intern Theresa set up the Malaise Trap near the historic Chappell House. The chosen site is surrounded by forsythia, oak, beech, pine, and a beautiful Carolinian garden. We are excited to get the jar set up next week and see what we catch!
There was a nice write up in the paper last week, talking about the Malaise trap and the work that we did while it was here. We are excited to share our experiences with the town. After the article showed up we were contacted by a radio station! I wonder if we’ll get to do an on-air interview?
St. Peter’s Grade 6 class, Unity, Sk
Over the weekend our trap was vandalized again. This time all the pegs were stolen and one of the poles were broken. Mrs. Kendrick had to dig through her garage to find the pegs that go with her inflatable Christmas decoration so that we could set up again. We taped the pole back together with duct tape and a stick for stability, but it’s not nearly as good as it was. It is up and working though and we’ve caught a weird red bug. We can’t wait to see what it is!
St. Peter’s grade 6 class, Unity, Sk.
Iona Academy grade 7 biologists are in for the challenge. “Selfie Time” Our boys and girls are so excited to take a selfie with the Malaise Trap today.
It is such a beautiful warm day for it (16 degrees and sunny day). We were all excited to see the trap! Stay tuned for insect catching report tomorrow 🙂
Over the weekend there was wind and a little bit of snow. This could have been the reason why our trap fell over. All of the pegs were ripped out of the ground and the whole trap fell down. We were lucky that we took the collection vessel out over the weekend!
St. Peter’s Grade 6 class
Iona Academy of Eastern Ontario:
Once again we set out to check how many insects we caught. Today we are up to 30 insects, mostly flies and a few moths!! The weather has only been a high of 4 Degrees Celcius with a 40 percent chance of a mix of snow and rain. We are hoping to get better weather next week to continue to catch more insects with success!