Mushroom Activity

We didn’t get to do much because of testing but we eventually got to our activities. We played rounds of predator and prey on certain days. On the other days, we collected mushrooms and tried to capture the spores. We found a couple big mushrooms and a lot of small ones. We also found a log with blue mushrooms growing on it. When we finished collecting the mushrooms we stored them in the hoop house. Shane was planning on putting the surviving spores on white bread with us for an experiment. It turned out we didn’t have enough surviving spores though. That made it impossible to do the activity.

I was a little surprised at how you could collect the spores like how we did. I probably won’t be using what I learned about mushroom in my everyday life but I may use it sometime in the future. I found it slightly satisfying to find different kinds of mushrooms. I also found it satisfying to draw them. I think I participated well this time. It was something I enjoy doing with the drawing and finding the mushrooms so it was easy to concentrate. If I could do something differently I would’ve tried to be gentler with the mushrooms as to stop them from breaking. I also would have cut the mushroom closer to the ground to preserve most of the stem.

What kind of mushrooms were they?

Where did the mushrooms originate?

How old were the mushrooms?




Parachuting cats in Borneo

This week we finished up our project. In the project, we draw out the three forms of symbiosis. Mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism. Then we drew out how it related the parachuting cats in Borneo and how everything died because of the disease there. Then we drew arrows to the mouth that ate the other animal. After, we labeled the animals and showed the cycle. I learned about the parachuting cats in Borneo. I also learned about the cycle of what happened with the disease and all the animals that went through the disease. Then we learned about Mutualism, Commensalism, and Parasitism.

I don’t think I will ever send cats to parachute down to Borneo but this was an inspiring idea. I learned that we could use an idea like this in the future. I may use what I  learned about ideas like this in my life sometime. I found the drawing part of this project satisfying and very fun. I think I participate alright. I got distracted by talking a few times but overall I think it went fine. I would probably be more easily distracted if it wasn’t art. Some things I would do differently would be trying my best on the drawing. I would also try to show how things worked next time.

What kind of cats did they send in parachutes?

Did most of the cats survive?

How far did the cats parachute to the ground?


Gardening in the hoop house


In class, we were gardening in the hoop house. We were split up into groups. Some groups were the seed people. The other group was working with the starts. I learned that you can plant vegetables and fruits in a hoop house. You can also grow many salad vegetables in a hoop house. I learned that the plants do not develop well when you put them to close to each other.

I presume that I’ll probably use these tip for my own garden next summer. I think I learned a lot of important things about gardening while working with the starts at the hoop house. I found it very satisfying and calming when planting the starts back in the globe. I also found it satisfying when we finally finished. I think I participated alright other than getting distracted by talking and playing around with the others in my group. I think I could have done the planting alot differently. I think I planted the starts a little to close and I would probably would’ve liked to change that if I could.

How often should you water the starts?

What is a good time of year to plant a garden?

What is a good temperate for a hoop house?





About the northern hawk owl- my first post

Dear, Mrs.  Cuttatree,


                                  My name is Surnia ulula but you call me Northern hawk owl. I make sure that prey animals don’t overpopulate.  I have a flat head, yellow eyes, and a yellowish beak. I am normally 36-42.5 cm tall. I also weigh nearly 300 grams. My wingspan is about 45 cm wide. I ordinarily lay about 3-11 eggs. I have extremely keen talons for clutching my prey while I’m flying. My neck has a surprisingly huge radius for pursuing prey as they move. I have a particularly astounding hearing to help me detect my prey under 1 foot of snow. I am a non-migratory bird. In the wintertime, I normally descend from tree to tree gripping my victim. I live in various forests adjoining open areas or marshes dotted with excellent perching trees. I commonly nest in holes in trees or in naturally decaying broken trees and sometimes hollows. For me, the forest provides shelter, food sources, and water. I frequently eat small rodents and sometimes voles in the summertime. I am unquestionably happy to be at the top of the food chain! If I were to go extinct the food chain would start to break down and animals would start to overpopulate. If my habitat was damaged I wouldn’t be able to live suitably. I would lose my nesting sites, hunting perches, and my habitat. Please do not chop down the woods to build the Uppity Resort. What I found the most interesting about myself is the fact that I can turn my head so far. I think you should care about us because if you get rid of us owls, the vermin will infest your resort.


                                      sincerely, Northern hawk owl

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