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!
Happy collecting on this first day of trap deployment! Several of you have been tweeting and blogging pictures and we are so glad that you have found the perfect locations for your Malaise traps! We encourage you and your class to take a “#SMTPselfie” with your trap as well as tell us about the weather in your area!
Don’t forget to start filling out the “Collection Records Spreadsheet“, as you will need to submit this document to us at the end of the program (hard or electronic copy).
Yesterday we looked for a good location for our Malaise Trap. We found a good location at the corner of the soccer field. We thought this was the best location because there are trees nearby, it is a fenced area, the grass is short, it is an area that gets a lot of sun, there are flowers nearby, and it is on level ground. We noticed that there are a lot of bugs/insects in the area already.
Today we practiced putting up the Malaise Trap. We feel that this was a good team-building exercise. On Monday we should be able to set the trap up pretty easily.
We are approaching trap deployment; Sept. 21st is just around the corner! Please remember to set up your trap and have the first collection bottle ready to go on Monday morning (Sept. 21). We encourage you to set up your trap tomorrow so that come Monday morning, all you will have to do is screw in the week 1 bottle and make trap observations (store bottle lid in a place you will remember!).
Report Catch Volume
Recall that we ask you to let us know at the end of the first week how your trap is doing. We will send out another reminder, but please send us an email indicating your catch volume on Friday, Sept. 26th.
Collection Bottle Send-off
Please have your collection bottles and Malaise trap packed and ready to be sent via FedEx on Monday, Oct. 5th. Please arrange a package pick-up time with FedEx for this date. Further details will follow.
Don’t forget to keep up the great blogging work! We encourage you and your class to take a picture with your Malaise trap (#SMTPselfie) once it has been set up as well as tell us about your schoolyard habitats. Please feel free to blog, tweet, or add these pictures/comments to our FaceBook page.
If there are any questions please let us know. We are here to assist you at every step along the way and there will be more reminder emails to come!
We received our shipping box, and will go over the materials and videos this coming week. Lots to learn! Thinking about the particular site we’ll use… maybe forest, maybe open field. We’ll assemble and disassemble the trap this week as a dry run so we’ll be all set for the Sept 21 start of actual collecting. Looking forward to it!
Walking the site today we have been keeping an eye out for the best place to place our trap as we do our site walks today. We cannot wait to get students involved in helping us set up and monitor the trap. Since we will have different school groups every day of the monitoring cycle, we are still working on how best to expose them to the program. The excitement builds!