Thursday, April 19, 2018

Camosun Bog project


Initial bog visit. MEET AT  19TH AND CAMOSUN STREET 1230   APRIL 25 AND MAY 1


April and May
The purpose of the Camosun Bog Project is to learn about Kingdom Plantae in a real
ecosystem and to gain experience with habitat restoration. Students will become familiar with
bog species: examples of bryophytes, tracheophytes, monocots and dicots. They will learn
about the bog as a place where different plants compete and where abiotic conditions favour
one or the other to win the competition. Finally, they will learn how restoration biology can
restore abiotic conditions and bring an ecosystem back to life.

Schedule and Evaluation:

April schedule:

two one page summaries of observing or taking part in work parties at Camosun bog choose
Each summary is out of 10 marks. The summary shows
what you observed. You are not required to volunteer to do any restoration work.

-form groups for Camosun bog project: two to four per group
-At least two members of your group attend two of the Saturday work parties and write
a one page summary of what you did there.
-Begin the draft of your project
Go to the bog for class leave school during silent reading to get there on time.

May Schedule All of these classes are in the bog. Leave school 1130
and arrive promptly at the bog 1230  for attendance and class work.  The following events will take place in  Late April May:
 bog rehearsal and bog orientation: flashcards due
 bog story and games due for peer review
 Bog Buddy program rehearsal.
first tour with one class
Second tour with a different class


1. Create an illustrated narrative about the bog in form of a story book. Include the
following key points:
1. 15000 years ago: ice age
2. 10000 years ago: ice melted, leaving a lake in camosun bog
3. 6000 years ago: sphagnum moss, the keystone species of the bog began to grow
4. dead moss turned into peat
5. peat did not decay due to bog conditions:
1. high water table
2. acid conditions
3. low oxygen
4. low nutrients

6. more bog plants came and the ecosystem became stable:
1. besides sphagnum moss
2. labrador tea
3. kalmia
4. arctic starflower
5. pinus contorta
6. sundew
7. bog blueberry

7. 100 years ago, vancouver was built: drains removed the water from the bog.
Water table went down. Bog plants died and became soil. Invasive plants arrived:
8. Camosun bog restoration group restored the bog: removed the soil: lowered the
soil level, reintroduced bog plants, removed the invasives.

2. Make flashcards about the bog. See file called “bog plants to know”. Create a game
for the flashcards. Include both invasives and native species.
3. Go to the bog station rehearsal and familiarize yourself with the bog stations. 5
minutes per station.
4. Present your learning materials during the bog buddy tour.


Monday, April 16, 2018

Biology Open Book Quiz: Identify the parasite and draw a cartoon

The photocopy room has blank sheets of paper.  Find these and use them to do the following
assignment:  This is due at the end of class: 30 marks

15 marks:  you answered the question correctly
10 marks: the presentation is neat,  and in pen or ink
 5 marks: you use colour and it is creative

In the following scenarios, write down
1. Which parasitic worm are causing the symptoms and situations. Draw a cartoon of how the parasite infected the host in this situation
2.  Draw the life cycle of the parasite
3.  How is the parasite treated

Use this as a reference

Watch this video before you do the assignment

1.  Tom drank water that was not sterilized while he lived in Ghana.  Before long, he noticed that there was something strange under his skin.  It looked like there was a piece of string under his skin on his leg

2.  Angie was walking barefoot at a park.  After a few months, she began to notice that she felt weak.  She suffered from anemia

3.  Read this account of a parasite on the playground  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/16/health/toxocara-children-new-york-playgrounds.html

4.   Read an account of a parasite from fish

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

platyhelminthes and nematoda

Class notes here.

Lab activity:

Draw two preserved specimens:  platyhelminthes and nematoda

draw the following prepared slides or specimens. identify the phylum, the species (common name is fine for this), and brief notes on its life history:


look at and draw


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Quiz on bogs April 5

Take out a piece of paper and answer these questions. Hand in your responses.  After handing in the questions, take notes on Platyhelminthes and Nematoda from the textbook in the other room

1.  What is a bog?
2.  What are the abiotic conditions which are present in a bog?
3.  The keystone species of a bog is...
4.  How is a peat bog formed?
5.  Why are bogs important to Vancouver?
6.  What other plants are in a bog?

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Vancouver Aquarium March 1 945AM sharp! take #19 Stanley Park

our invertebrate zoology lab will take place at the vancouver aquarium.  Be there at 945AM  sharp as our lab will begin without delay.