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

Monday, April 19, 2010

Our First Trip to the Bayou- Honey Island Swamp


Today was our first hunt for caterpillars in the Bayou. We hiked around Honey Island Swamp in search of caterpillars. We worked with entomologists. In Latin, this word means: someone who studies that which is segmented or divided". What do you think they study? The entomologists taught us how to search for caterpillars on various plants, and also how to avoid poison ivy. I found four caterpillars. Look at the picture of my first find! We collected the caterpillars and plants for them to eat in plastic bags. We had to mark the bags with important information- the date, the place where we found it, the type of plant and the type of caterpillar so that we can further study it tomorrow. During our adventure in Honey Island Swamp, we came across some other very interesting finds.

Activities:
1.) Look at the footprints below that we found in the bayou. What animal do you think this footprint belongs to?

2.) I found four "tent caterpillars" today. Click on the caterpillars to see what they look like. The scientists called them Malacosoma Disstria. They were my favorite color blue! Take a look at the following website to create your own caterpillar.
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/explorer/ecosystems/be_an_explorer/map/form_caterpillars.htm

3.) As we were searching for caterpillars, Ms. Lee and I found some strange artifacts in the bayou that definitely didn't belong there. Look at the picture of the artifact we found. It looked like a rock with a carving of an S. Use your imagination to create a story about how this artifact was used by an ancient civilization that used to live in the swamp lands of Slidell, Louisiana.

7 Comments:

At April 20, 2010 at 7:21 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hola Senora Lombardi,
That is so cool. Tent caterpillars are really cute. I can't believe that you already found four of them! How many did some of your friends and teammates find? What is your bunk house like? Does it have electricity outlets? One time when I was at camp, there was an empty, unlocked bunkhouse nearby and our Counselor said that it could be our hide out. It was kind of cool. Did any of your team mates find other types of caterpillars?
Are there many mosquitoes in the bayous?
Have Fun!:) <3 ;)
Sincerely,
Bailey

 
At April 20, 2010 at 2:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ms. Lombardi,
First of all, we think that the tracks could be... deer, cow, water buffalo, goat, carabou, wild boar, pigs and possibly alligator. We think that the animal who left these tracks has hooves (and we know that alligators don't have hooves but they live in the bayou).
We think that the tent caterpillars are pretty (and by the way they aren't Claire's favorite). We heard that they kill trees, can you ask the entomologists about this?
Speaking of entomologists, we think that they study insects.
Tomorrow we will work on our stories about the artifact that you found. Can't wait to share them with you!
We have a few questions for you:
1. Do you miss us?
2. How is the weather in LA?
3. Can you take (and post) a picture of your bunkhouse (inside and out)?
4. Is your bed comfy?
5. Tell us if you have seen anything unexpected.
6. Have you gone swimming yet?
Talk to you later-- Ms. Lombardi's Class

 
At April 21, 2010 at 4:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the cool rock!
-Jillian

 
At April 21, 2010 at 4:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a question,
How much time a day do you spend in the bunk house?
-Jillian

 
At April 22, 2010 at 6:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ms.Lombardi,
How do you get around if your bunkhouse is in the middle of the bayou? I suppose you walk or take a car, just wondering.
-Erin

 
At April 23, 2010 at 10:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My mom says that is a Sharon rock
-Jillian

 
At April 25, 2010 at 5:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was the alligator the biggest you have ever seen? Or was this the first one you have ever seen? How long were you able to sleep at night? Did Ms. Regan give you good reports about the class?

 

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