Friday was our last day of collection. We dismantled the trap, took a selfie and readied the contents to be shipped back to the University of Guelph. We can’t wait to get the report!
It’s the final day of the Malaise Trap Program! It is quite windy, and somewhat cloudy. The trap is sagging. In the upper part of the bottle trap, there is an enormous spider! -Ethan, Brody, Tristan and Noah
Temperatures hit freezing last night so only seven more insects. Hopefully it will warm up again soon.
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.
After careful consideration, the grade 9 science classes have chosen to set up the Malaise Trap along Tiffany Creek. The tall trees and high vegetation provide security and hopefully, a lot of insects. We are so excited to start collecting on Monday!
And without further ado…the winners of the Fall 2015 #SMTPselfie contest are:
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
The goal of the Malaise trap is to investigate insects in the environment of our school’s yard. We are excited to study the bugs and compare them to other schools across the Nation using their DNA barcode. We hope to learn what species of insects live in this area compared to other schools.
The trap set up went well today at lunch time. The tent poles and mesh parts were set up with ease while we had to hammer the pegs into the tough ground to keep the strings tight and the tent sturdy. We then put caution tape around the trap to protect the area. The location of the trap is next to the school’s turf and basketball net off to the side of the school yard.
We are super excited to see what we will collect – can’t wait till tomorrow!
Written by: Amy & Anna (Grade 9 students)
We could say it all started on Friday with the set up….but really we have been chomping at the bit since Monday. So excited to be part of this great program and eagerly awaiting to be contributors of data!
We are an enthusiastic bunch of Grade 6 students from Crestview Public School in Kitchener. For the rest of Canada, we are about an hour west of Toronto. Our school is surrounded by Ash, Maple and Walnut trees which is pretty typical for this area, and at the moment we are enjoying the last “hurrah” of summer with temperatures in the mid to high 20’s everyday.
We decided on a somewhat secluded spot at the back of the Kindergarten play area. We had to adjust the caution tape to be lower so that the little Kindies would not crawl under to sneak a peak. Our tent is surrounded by trees and bushes and by the looks of it LOTS of flying insects!
Glad to part of this awesome team. We are enjoying reading the other posts and looking where all the other teams are from.
Lovin’ our #SMTPselfie
Just a quick note from a very proud teacher…….over the weekend some teenagers decided to rip down our caution tape and remove some poles from the tent. Some of our more local students made a point of checking on the tent every day. They saw what had happened, scoured the playground, found the parts and put the tent back together good as new. I am so proud of this group for their pride in ownership, dedication to this project and great sense of responsibility! Thank you 6’s! Mrs. Cochrane 🙂