Hi! My name is Ms. Lombardi. Please travel with me to New Orleans to study Climate Change and Caterpillars!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Day 2: Kayaking on the West Pearl River

Today we went kayaking on the West Pearl River. It was a lot of fun, but it was an all day event. We paddled upstream to find plots to gather more caterpillar specimens. For our daily procedure, we mark off a 10 meter by 10 meter plot with string and look for caterpillars only in that plot. When we are collecting we need to identify all of the plants in our plot and even estimate the number of leaves on each plant! Try estimating the number of leaves on the tree in our courtyard. It is quite difficult! Once we find a caterpillar, we put it in a bag, label it and carry it back to our "caterpillar zoo" where we further study it. Today we found a lot of Tent Caterpillars, Tussock Moths and Leaf Rollers. We had a relaxing lunch in our kayaks and floated downstream in the river. After lunch, we scoped out another plot to gather more specimens. We found a few more specimens and quite a lot of poison ivy! Our journey back to the bunkhouse was pretty exciting. I saw two water snakes, the "White House" and the biggest alligator ever! Check out my pictures. Tomorrow we will be analyzing our specimens, recording our data and Skyping!
1.) Ms. Larson and I were starving and decided to race back to the shore for lunch. The shore was 50 feet away. I was paddling 5 feet per minute and Ms. Larson was paddling 4 feet per minute. I definitely was faster, but how long did it take me? How long did it take Ms. Larson?2.) By studying near the river today, we saw a lot of fallen trees and damaged plants due to Hurricane Katrina. This change in habitat has effected a variety of nature's food webs. The one that we are studying is the plant/caterpillar/parasitoid food web. A parasitoid is a living thing that lives off and feeds off of another living thing and kills it. How might this change in habitat due to the hurricane effect this food web? How do you think the hurricane effect the plants, caterpillars and parasitoids?
3.) Take a look at the alligator that I saw today. The locals call him "El Guapo". What does this mean in Spanish? What would you name him and why?


At April 22, 2010 at 7:18 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ms. Lombardi,
Since you were getting four strokes per minute, you would have taken 12 minutes and ms. Larson ten because she was going 5 strokes per minute. How could you be ahead? The plant/caterpillar/parasatoid food web would be effected because so many of the plants and other living things have been wiped out and killed. The hurricane might effect this food web because part of all the species have been killed which means levels of population will differ. So some living things won't have enough food.
Yesterday in spanish, we learned about adjectives and we learned that guapo means handsome or pretty. So I think that El Guapo would mean the handsome or maybe the hansome one. I would probably name him sneeky rock because he looks like a rock from far away.
So how was pizza night?
Have fun

At April 22, 2010 at 9:50 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mrs. Lombardi,
We have been really enjoying your blog. We feel like we are almost with you. We think the alligator should go on a diet. Were you scared when you saw him? El guapo is handsome in Spanish. We think he should be called Senor El Muy Grande. We hope you didn't get poisen ivy.
Love Mrs. Ortiz's Class

At April 22, 2010 at 5:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jimmy: Hi Ms.Lombardi kenny wanted to talk to you so. Kenny: Its been good at williamsburg:) Jimmy told me about your trip so I thought that I can tell you about caterpillers:)
Jimmy: I gave the 40 dollars to Ms.Reagan and that I'm 5 pages to be done with my non-fiction book so it will be fun to publish another book( i mean that I made a picture book in the thrid grade!) Good luck with the catipiller problem:)

At April 23, 2010 at 6:47 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since you were going at a speed of 5 feet per minute, you shoulkd h ave reached the shore in 10 minutes. If Ms. Larson was going at a speed of 4 feet per minute she should have reached the shore in 12 and 1/2 minutes. Hurrricane Katrina would have affected the plant/caterpillar/parastoid food web by wiping outmany plants and animals. If the plants were wiped out then the animals would have less of a food source. El Guapo in Spanish means handsome/pretty so they might refer to him as the handsome alligator? I would probably name him camoflauge log or camoflauge rock because from afar he looks like a huge rock and up close he looks like a log. Are there mosquitos in your bunkhouse?


At April 23, 2010 at 8:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mrs.Lombardi!
It was nice talking to you today. I showed my Mom the picture of the caterpillars on your head. Poor thing! Unfortunately my Dad brought up the subject of homework, and if you know my Dad as well as I do, he'll make a project out of it. So my Dad found a stinging caterpillar(The deadliest ones). For the record this was not my idea, but since he wants me to post this, this is what it is...

Well here is some good news. The pictures wouldn't post. Oh Rats! :)
Well I hope to see you again with out any news about stinging caterpillars!
Enjoy your trip! Hopefully with no more caterpillar rain downs!
P.S If you have any more problems with my Dad and his "jokes" contact me.

At April 23, 2010 at 10:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

El Guapo means The Handsome in Spanish.

At April 24, 2010 at 8:55 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

El guapo was HUGE.P.S El Guapo should be called el Gordo. -Jon


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