Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Biodiversity and Habitats

During our weekly summer program, participants were introduced to the topics of Biodiversity and Habitats. On July 18th, participants learned about habitats by playing a game where they represented migrating ducks going from habitats in the north to habitats in the south. As the ducks were migrating, some of their habitats were taken away as new "developments" were built over their habitat. Along with loss of habitat, participants were introduced to the idea of predators, and why it is important to have sufficient shelter.

By using a hula hoop in the next activity, the participants looked at a certain area of land and all of the different organisms found within that area.

To further discuss the concept of biodiversity, the participants conducted a macro invertebrate sample in the stream by the library. The IWLA Creek Freaks worksheet was used for participants to determine the quality of the water based off of the stream's biodiversity.

Monday, July 17, 2017

July 11 Young Naturalist

Young Naturalist Program  July 11, 2017
Izaak Walton League and Manlius Public Library 


Big Idea - Biodiversity - the more different species within a habitat/ ecosystem, the more healthy, stable.

Part I - Introduced Key ideas - What is Biodiversity , Why is it important

Key Vocabulary:    reviewed - food web, diversity, biology, ecology, ecosystems, habitat, populations, communities, food chain, predator, consumer, What is Naturalist? What does a Naturalist do?

We used the big mural in the Library Room - to make observations about what ecosystems were evident, what animals did they see, where their any non-native species such as Dragon - (see video below) .

Documents used   -  Ecosystems 1 

Part II - Visited three types - Baseball Field (Grassland), Pond, and Stream.

Student completed an Ecosystem Inventory - for Grassland,  Pond, Stream

Part III - Lab Observations - small critters

After inspecting each of the locations, and recording observations,  participants returned to the library, and then conducted observations at stations, where different animals, small critters were in their habitats

1) Mosquito Larvae,  2) Toad Tadpoles  3) Small toads, just emerged from tadpole stage, 4) Different water samples containing macro invertebrates - 5) Water Sample from stream   6) Water Sample from Stream.

Part IV - Review of Concepts from the day

 Ecosystem document 2 -

Food Chains 

Total Participants 15 out of 21 who preregistered, ages 7 -12.

Video from Event