Glad to report that our Grade 5 class has set up our Malaise Trap last Friday, and it weathered a very windy and rainy North Vancouver weekend. The collection bottle has now been added, and we’ve seen flying insects in the surrounding bush and gardens nearby.
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!
We had a great media day for Stayner Collegiate Institute on our first day of trapping. K.C. Colby came by from CTV Barrie to interview Ms. Ellerby (Principal), Mr. Mcnea and Mr. Gibson (Teachers) and Jasmine Giles and Jordan Carruthers (Students) about the program, and all of the classes involved came out to watch.
We also had Jessica Kukac from the Simcoe County District School Board here in the morning posting some snippets on social media.
The insects are starting to collect already!
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
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, September 18th, we ventured up to Annie Laurie Lake and we found a perfect spot to set up our Malaise Trap (minus the collection bottle).
We couldn’t resist the opportunity for a class selfie!
We also spent some time in our Biology 30 class developing some questions for this field experiment:
- What species of Class Insecta are present in Preeceville (Annie Laurie Lake)?
- What is the representation of species (i.e. order, family) found in Preeceville (Annie Laurie Lake)?
- Are there species which are indigenous to our area and not found at any of the other collections sites?
- What information will DNA barcoding reveal about genetic relationships among the species found in our area?
On Monday morning, Miss Paterson will be placing the collection bottle on the Malaise Trap and she will check it through the week (although we are all probably going to be stopping by at some point to take a peek). We are excited to see what we catch!
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!
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.
Grade 10 Science students
Grade 12 Science students
Stayner Collegiate Students having fun setting up the trap!
Once again, the School Malaise Trap Program team is continuing one of their favorite program trends…taking a selfie with the Malaise trap! We encourage all classes to participate and post your #SMTPselfie on our blog or tweet at us (@SMTP_Canada). You can also email us your selfie and we will post it on your behalf. Once a class has submitted their selfie, they will be entered into a draw for one of our prizes (yes, you can enter more than one selfie!)! Further contest/prize details to come.
Check out our #SMTPselfie below!