My Last Post!
Hello Boys and Girls!
Today was our last day in the field, and in fact, we were only out in the field for half a day because they wanted to give us some time to Skype with our classrooms. We went out this morning to check our traps for the final time and to collect them and clean them out for the next Earthwatch group to use them. Caroline and I didn't catch anything today except for a lot of slugs and a few earthworms! However, other groups caught 5 red-backed voles. We were expecting to catch more mammals here but because the weather was so poor, that didn't happen.
This will be my last posting to you as my journey is coming to an end and I will be home on Saturday. I hope you all learned a lot from my experience through this blog and via Skype. I learned so much by being here and can't wait to share more of my learning with you when I return. This has truly been a once in a lifetime experience and I am so glad that I got to share it with you.
One thing that I have learned and really want to you to remember is that it is our responsibility to take care of our earth. By studying small mammals over the past two weeks, I have been able to see how much these mammals are effected by the actions of people. Each person can make a difference whether it's turning off a light when you leave a room, using reusable bags when you go to the grocery store, picking up litter off the ground, or recycling at home. All of those small things truly add up and it is your job to do these things for our earth and encourage others to do the same. Just think about every time we turn the lights out when we walk out of our classroom or throw recyclable items in to the recycle bin. By doing that, we are doing one small thing to help our earth.
I have also learned that in order to do good things for our earth, we have to manage and conserve our resources. I got a lot of comments from people on Wednesday commenting that we were cutting down trees on Earth Day and how that seemed like the opposite of what we should be doing. However, in order to be responsible with our resources, we need to maintain them. We were cutting down trees in order to make a trail through the forest that others could enjoy. Our scientists want others to use this land and enjoy its wildlife, however, no one would want to do that if there weren't trails to follow.
Finally, I have learned that climate change not only effects small mammals, but it also effects humans as well. Although you may believe that having a warmer climate would be enjoyable to live in, the truth is that it greatly effects the way that animal populations survive and greatly effects their way of life and their survival. What are some small things that you could do at home or at school that would help our earth?
I also want to extend many thanks to Wells Fargo for their support of Earthwatch and their missions. Without their generous financial contribution, my trip would not have been possible and I wouldn't have been able to bring all of my great learning back to you. I also want to thank Dr. Newman and Dr. Bueshing for running this Earthwatch Expedition. They are so kind and so very knowledgeable about the ways that climate change is effecting mammal species and they are doing some great work and great research that benefits mammals all over the world.
Finally, you all have been asking me to post pictures of where I have been staying. I have included some of them for your enjoyment. The first picture is of the green house. The green house is where the women live. The second picture is of the yellow house where they guys live. I then have a picture of the kitchen, living room, and dining room of the green house. The last picture is of my bedroom that I share with Miss Beeman.
I can't wait to see all of you on Monday!!! Have a great weekend and I will see you all very soon! Also, Mrs. Hamilton, thank you so much for being with my class over the last two weeks. I haven't had to worry about a thing while you have been there and I know my kids were in great hands! Thank you for taking the time to share my blog with them everyday, even though you had a hundred other things to do each day!
Mrs. Quam :)
Red-Backed Voles: 16
Deer Mice: 3
Garter Snakes: 4
Mystery Snake: 1
Bald Eagle: 1
Red Squirrel: 2
Guinea Fowl: 7
Mallard Duck: 1
Slugs and Earthworms: Too many to count!!!