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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

If you are doing a Pacific West Coast Rainforest, here is a starter species list

FOREST AREA

Trees: Conifers:   Douglas Fir, Western Hemlock, Western Red Cedar, Yellow Cedar,
   Douglas firs are home for douglas squirrels and bats.
Western Red Cedar, Hemlock, Douglas Fir and Yellow cedar are home for barred owl.

Deciduous:    Alder, Vine Maple, Big Leaf Maple, birch
              All the deciduous trees are home for the flicker and the bushtit and chickadee

Bushes:     Salmonberry, Huckleberry (vaccinium parvifolium) , Blueberry (vaccinium ovalifolium) ,  Salal, red elderberry, holly (invasive)  blackerry (invasive) 
These berry bushes provide habitat for insects, caterpillars and spiders which are eaten by chickadees and bushtit

groundcover:  mosses      (mosses, and lichen and spiderwebs are gathered by bushtits to make nests)
                       ferns :  swordfern, bracken fern, deerfern,
                       OTHER ground cover : skunk cabbage,
vine English Ivy (invasive)

Animals:  Mammals:  coyote, douglas squirrel, flying squirrel, little brown bat, grey squirrel (invasive),  raccoon,  rat (invasive),  
coyotes eat the small rodents

Birds:  black capped chickadee,  crow,  Northern Flicker or sap sucker, bald eagle, mallard duck, canada goose, Barred owl, sawwhet owl, hummingbirds, bushtit , Heron, more about their diet etc here 
     hummingbirds eat blueberry nectar and also eat mosquitos. 
bushtits eat spiders and use their webs to mae nests
Sapsuckers eat insects

invertebrates: spider, mosquito, bumblebee, honey bees, dragonfly, dragonfly larvae eat mosquito larvae

Reptiles:  garter snakes eat tree frogs
Amphibian:  pacific tree frog eat mosquitos and are eaten by invasive bullfrogs 
Fish:    Salmon (are eaten by eagles and their dead bodies feed trees).

 NURSE LOG - Dead tree which supports plants

FUNGI:  bracket fungi, lichen (found in west coast rainforest), WETLAND AREA:  
cattails, juncus, yellow flag iris, alder,  Beaver, duck

Assignment:
Make a new set of playing cards based on Pacific West Coast Rainforest ecosystem OR BOG

Thursday, April 27, 2017

sign up for a community event and write about your experience

May Events (registration time sensitive)
VSB sustainability conference link here

Global Rewind at Science World
Most Exceptional Escapade in Science (limited seats!)

Ongoing Events: 
Camosun bog restoration Work Party

ECOKIT project

for your ecosystem
Make a blogspot using a gmail account.   
You will create a website using blogspot.

SPECIES INVENTORY
      WHAT SPECIES LIVE HERE AND  create a field game to LEARN 20 SPECIES IN 20 
       MINUTES.  MAKE A DICHOTOMOUS KEY that is specific to this ecosystem
CARD GAME
MAKE A GAME THAT CAN BE PLAYED BY YOUTH TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS ECOSYSTEM
STORY
WHAT IS THE NARRATIVE OF THIS ECOSYSTEM?  WHICH ANGLE
WOULD YOU FOCUS ON? WRITE A STORY THAT CAN TELL THE NARRATIVE OF
THIS ECOSYSTEM IN ONE PAGE.  an example of a narrative
TOUR

            ORGANIZE A TOUR OF THIS ECOSYSTEM 


section 1-1  HABITAT ISLAND
section 1-3  BOG AND CENTRAL PARK 
section 2-4  CENTRAL PARK

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Vancouver Aquarium Reminder NOTE THE MEETING TIMES!!!


We will go to the Vancouver Aquarium to do the wet lab and explore the galleries. Please fill out the paper consent form.  Cost of this trip is $17  Students will meet at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre at the following times .  NOTE THAT bus #19 Stanley Park on Kingsway takes you to the Vancouver Aquarium.






Please meet at the entrance of the Aquarium FOR ATTENDANCE. BE ON TIME!!!!

11:15 AM     SECTION 2-4 - LEAVE AFTER FIRST BLOCK
12:45 PM      SECTION 1-1 - LEAVE DURING SECOND BLOCK
1PM              SECTION 1-3 - LEAVE AT LUNCH BELL

Teachers, the following students have an early dismissal.  please let them leave early at 11AM  during second block if possible to give them time to arrive at the aquarium at 12:45 via the Stanley Park Bus on Kingsway. Thank you.



AFTER THE PROGRAM, you may eat lunch and hang out at the aquarium until 230 at which point you will be dismissed.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Biology 11s, opportunities for conferences

Dear Biology 11s,

There is opportunity for attending a couple of conferences related to biology.  These events are not school events but they are enrichment opportunities. Thus, if you choose to attend and write about it, you may ask me to include your report in our term for credit

This is the Most Exceptional Escapade in Science Conference where you will meet world renown biologists and spend the day at UBC
http://www.bioteach.ubc.ca/portfolio/escapades-conferences/

This is the VSB sustainability conference, a conference run entirely by students.  Some of our Gladstone students are involved as facilitator artists
https://vsb-sustainabilityconference.com


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Sustainable Design - Create your Ecosystem - Due Next week

THIS PROJECT IS DUE NEXT WEEK!
2-4 - Thursday, April 20th
1-1- and 1-3 - Friday, April 21

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN - Ecosystem in a shoe box
WHAT WILL YOUR ORNANISM DO?

Your group is to create a model of a sustainable ecosystem for your favourite animal inside a shoebox. There is no limit or guidelines regarding the materials you can use.

Are you providing everything that your organism needs to survive? 
- Shelter
- Food
- Reproduction

What you need:
1. A shoe box - your model should be self explanatory since it WILL be displayed in the library for everyone to see
2. Your ecosystem should be in a Vancouver neighbourhood - tell us why you decided to focus on that neighbourhood
3. Your model should take into account and demonstrate elements of (THINK ABOUT THESE WHILE YOU ARE BUILDING YOUR MODEL) - You can also use the outside of the box to explain the items below

SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY
ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
ECONOMIC SUSTAINBILITY
What will happen to the surrounding community 20 years after the creation of this habitat?
Zero in – zero out
NOT THE MAIN FACTOR
What kind of people will you attract?
Are there any resources depleted?
What will happen to the waste? If any is created?
Are there any direct/indirect economic benefits of having this habitat in this neighborhood?
Who (in the community) will benefit from creating this habitat?
Will this new habitat benefit or hinder any other ecosystems?
Is its maintenance economically sustainable?


Grading Criteria: 
- Does the model meet the social, environmental, and economic criteria?
- Does the model clearly show how the ecosystem will sustain the desired organism?
- Does the model clearly show the reason of its location?
- Does the model show resourcefulness in the use of materials?
- Is the model attractive to the eye?
- Does the model show the group's understanding of the social, environmental, and economic impact of creating a new ecosystem?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Field study to the Vancouver Aquarium April 25


We will go to the Vancouver Aquarium to do the wet lab and explore the galleries. Please fill out the paper consent form.  Cost of this trip is $17  Students will meet at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre at the following times .  NOTE THAT bus #19 Stanley Park on Kingsway takes you to the Vancouver Aquarium.




Please meet at the entrance of the Aquarium FOR ATTENDANCE

11:15 AM     SECTION 2-4
12:45 PM      SECTION 1-1
1PM              SECTION 1-3

AFTER THE PROGRAM, you may eat lunch and hang out at the aquarium until 230 at which point you will be dismissed.