The focus today is on the land...the prairie, glade and woodland. The day started with students getting practice with dichotomous keys as they identified different plant structures.
|Sketching plant structures|
Students were then ready to start their ecosystem investigations after some instruction from James Trager.
|Instruction before conducting study|
Hula hoops would be used to determine the study site.
|Demonstrating how to conduct the studies|
Students conducted plot studies in three different habitats, focusing predominantly on the plants found within...percent coverage, number of species, and plants with hairy stems or leaves.
After moving into the lodges for the overnight students gathered back to watch a fascinating DVD on ants presented by the famous entomologist and naturalist, E. O. WIlson. This provided some background information in preparation for tomorrows ant study. Later, students had the opportunity to talk with some visiting scientists before and during dinner and ended the evening with a night hike, campfire with s'mores, and black light viewing of insects.