We are pleased to announce the winners of our #SMTPselfie contest! Thank you to all who entered, and don’t worry…we’ll have another contest as soon as you receive your School Malaise Trap Program results! The winners for the #SMTPselfie contest will receive a LifeScanner Kit which is a new tool for exploring the biodiversity around you. This species identification kit will allow students to fill four vials with a whole organism or a piece of tissue and send it back to BIO for analysis!
And without further ado…the winners of the #SMTPselfie contest are:
1) Jack Chambers Public School
2) St. Charles College
3) Forest Avenue Public School
4) St. Paul Elementary School
5) Monsignor Doyle Catholic Secondary School
Congratulations to the winners, and a big thank you to all who participated! The LifeScanner Kits have been mailed and are on their way to you!
We look forward to sharing the School Malaise Trap Program results with you soon!
Today Emma, Meagan, and Paige checked the bug traps on the last day of the project! We found many bugs but unfortunately you can not see a lot of the bugs due to the piece of paper in the bottom. We enjoyed doing this project along with the University of Guelph, and hope they are successful with your research. We thank you for letting us be part of this experiment we really enjoyed it!
Today Emma, Meagan, and Paige checked the insect trap. We discovered 8 bugs. There were 5 mosquitoes, 1 crane fly, and 1 horse fly. It was very cloudy and humid outside. We finally got to check the trap because the clown boys always beat us to it when asking to check the trap!
Well, here it is week 2 and we are off to a less than auspicious start…a cranefly as of this morning. But of course, the weather is also less than stellar, cold wet and drizzly. The insects aren’t the only ones who want to stay sheltered in this weather…everybody wanted to get back into the school as quickly as possible.
Having fun while checking the traps, the boys wanted a picture included in their post, but forgot to do so. Sooo…I am putting it here.
In terms of the trap, it is a nice day outside and the boys assure me that we have quite a few insects in the trap. Level wise, we are still around 1. I removed the Week 1 collection bottle and had a look inside. In terms of interesting specimens, could see some caddis flies, at least one syrphid fly, and a few solitary wasps.
Parker, Sam and Simba checked the trap today and realized that there were quite a few bugs in the trap, but they were all bunched up in the back. When they evened it all out it rounded up to about a 1 on the chart. There were also bugs floating on the surface. The amount was up quite a bit higher than yesterday.
The trap at St. Charles College in Sudbury is up, running and visible from my classroom. Unfortunately for us, though, the weather became unseasonably cold and wet for the past few days. We have a few insects in the trap at this point, but not many. However, we are supposed to be in for some warm sunny weather for the remainder of the week; hopefully we get a lot more in the way of insects.
One thing I think would be useful would be clear plastic collection bottles. That way we could see what types of insects are actually in the bottle.