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
It is a rainy day. The wind and rain had caused the sign to fall on the ground. The poles in our perimeter are falling over and the security tape had fallen off. We resecured our trap and noticed that there were already 1.5 cm of bugs caught since attaching a new bottle yesterday. -Aliya, Alysha, Ethan, Chayton, Marielle
We had the chance to attach a new ethanol bottle to the Malaise trap for a second week of insect collection. Hopefully we’ll do as well or better for variety and numbers of bugs, but cooler temperatures might affect what we catch. Weather conditions today were pretty much 100% cloud cover and light rain. Winds were calm, but both the caution tape and sign were down, suggesting high winds over the weekend. -Sam, Samara and Sawyer
Today was a bit of a chilly day. We caught an additional 0.5 cm of bugs. The sign blew off again. We saw lots of dirt on the tent as well as some bugs like spiders and lady bugs. Some bugs in the bottle were still crawling around. –Nick, Nathan, Maaike, Grace and GC.
It is a beautiful, sunny, warm and windy day. The bugs are half up to the first line. We can’t wait to see the week 1 totals. – EV, JE, MW, TD
Today is a beautiful day. It is nice and sunny with a little breeze. Our Malaise Trap has been undisturbed so it is good to know that our location is secure. We have collected about 1 cm of bugs so far. We can see that many of them are ladybugs! We can see ladybugs crawling on the trap as well. -Kiera, Laura, Erika and Abigail
Although it was damp and cloudy, our first check up on the Malaise trap was successful! We discovered that there were already some bugs in the trap and even as we were examining it, we observed that more bugs were attracted to the trap. We hope for another successful day of trapping tomorrow and are excited to see how the results vary with changes in weather and time! -Maryka, Joannie and Rebecca
At Hamilton District Christian High school, our trap was set up along a wooded area, far from the sports fields and the road. The group that suggested this site was in charge of today’s trap set up event. We took a group photo and set up the security tape. “It was really interesting and fun.” AP, RG, TT, JV
Today was an exciting day! The grade 9 science students at HDCH toured the school property looking for the perfect location for our Malaise Trap. The groups submitted proposals – we can’t wait to see whose proposal wins.