Our first week started out with a weekend with two days of snow and a down pouring of hail, frost on the ground and a low of -2. Our trap needed a few repairs but we continued with the project. Our aim was to hope the cold weather did not kill all our insects. We made a goal of 1…………. glad to say we got 8 mosquitoes and a small spider. YEAH. Students look forward to our daily checks!
Up and running here at Highlands School in Edmonton. Had to make some tough choices about where to put the trap … ended up deciding it stood its best chance at staying undisturbed in our vegetable garden area. Hopefully we don’t capture all our pollinating insects.
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Our research period has come to an end. The research team did a final meeting and dismantled the trap and then compared week 1 and week 2 catch. The weather is getting much cooler, therefore we are seeing fewer insects. Frost had spread on roofs Friday morning. We are so thankful that our school was chosen to participate in the School Malaise Trap Program and we cannot wait to see the results of our research!
The wind and cold are picking up as we sit in the grass writing our blog entry. There is a good amount of bugs in the bottle. We think that there are some male mosquitoes and lots of flies. The tent is being dismantled as we write – we think this experiment was a huge success! – Nadine, Olivia, Mackenzie
Today was windy, cold and cloudy. The trap had to be tied down better. But, what affect does this have on our catch? It is so cool to be part of a big project like this. -Nathan, Logan, Andrew and Cohen