After patiently waiting for “leaf out” this spring, Mrs. Ripa took her Block 2 science class outside to the Messalonskee Trails. Students used the ID cards they had created in the fall to find a reference specimen to document with our new camera, looking for distinguishing characteristics that we had learned about from our district Read More
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Since our last update, a huge milestone was met; our digital salinity probe was put in the marsh! It now is busy collecting temperature and salinity data. From this, we got to look at the first several weeks of data in comparison to the spring tides of May. We are wondering if the salinity that Read More
Guest blog post and video by Antonio Juárez Navarro Nowadays, when someone starts thinking about what they fear in the world, they may think of inequality, drinkable water, poverty, or global warming. There’s one thing above all that may not come to our minds everyday. Forests. Forests are one of the Earth’s greatest natural resources. Read More
Some days are better than others. That’s true when it comes to birding (though there’s no such thing as a bad day of birding), and it’s definitely true when it comes to warbler watching. Any opportunity to avoid the dreaded “warbler neck” (the cramping that comes from staring up at these tiny birds as they Read More
A couple of weeks ago, our science teacher, Ms. Pitt, and our class decided to check on the trout. Although at first glance everything seemed normal, when we checked the chiller it read 20 degrees Celsius. This was a problem that our class did not anticipate, especially since the trout had been familiar with approximately Read More
Finally the snow banks have melted in the woods behind the school! We knew it was time to go out and check the condition of our trail. Four of us, Brandon, Max, Joselyn, and Logan, decided to trek out and take some photos of what we found. As we ventured out, we came across a Read More
Just when it looked like the winter had finally ended and the snow was gone for the foreseeable future, we were surprised by six more inches of snow. Fortunately, in the short window that we had with bare ground, we were able to take a look at a few potential worksites for our Nonpoint Source Pollution Read More
Our research project this spring is an investigation of salinity effects on alewife reproduction in our marsh. Despite state stocking of alewives, a self-sustaining run has not developed. We want to learn what effect spring tides may be creating in the marsh, and whether salinity may be having an effect on alewife eggs or fry. Read More
We were captivated one recent evening by the songs of American Robins. As we listened to their carols echoing around our neighborhood during a lull in the rain showers, we started thinking about how adaptable robins are. We’d seen small flocks here and there over the winter, and just last week saw them in Florida Read More