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

Monday, April 19, 2010

4/19/10, Into the Wetlands We Go!

Good Morning!
Well, students, today we finally got into the wetlands! We spent the morning walking and learning where to look for caterpillars, and we found a lot. Here's a little guy who was trying to hide inside a leaf that he sewed together with "silk". Do you see the silk? Do you know where he got it?

We also learned what NOT to touch...poison ivy! This plant is everywhere and can make some people quite sick. It makes almost everyone itch like crazy! It can grow like a vine up trees and there's lots on the ground. Can you tell why they say,
"Leaves of three, leave thee be"? Look at the photo.

Here's a picture of us as we started looking for caterpillars. Can you find Ms. Hall?

Here's a sample of what we found today...a tiny Giant Swallowtail caterpillar, and an egg of the same kind of caterpillar. They are both very little and hard to find. Do you see what the little caterpillar was eating?

As you can see below, we saw an American Alligator today, too! It was pretty far away, but we have a great camera. (Thank you Deb Kozak!) Mark, our guide, told us it was "only" about 4-5 feet long, but it was fun to see anyway.

One last thing, the black bird you saw in yesterday's blog is NOT a heron It's called an Anhinga, and it spear's fish with it's beak!
Have a great day, students! I miss you! Mrs. Armstrong



At April 20, 2010 at 11:35 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ms Armstrong!
we miss you too.How many alligators have you seen so far? Thank you for telling us about the poison ivy, next time we see three leaves in Minnesota, we will run away. Continue to have a good trip.
P4 class.

At April 20, 2010 at 12:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ms Armstrong!Thank you for the nice pictures. We miss you. Thank you for the warning about poison ivy.We will stay away from three leaves from now on.We hope that you learn a lot of things.
Have a nice afternoon.
P5 class

At April 20, 2010 at 1:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ms Armstrong! Is that you who is swimming by the alligator? What kind of food alligators eat? Hope you have enough sleep because you have a very busy day. Can you name all the animals you see? What kind of weather do you have in New Orleans? We hope that you have nice weather as it will make your research easier.
We miss you. We are nice with the substitute teacher!
p6 class

At April 20, 2010 at 8:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ms, do you go closre to the alligator? Do you took pictures with him/hre?(she bite)Did you saw any butterfly?Can you takes pictuers of her?Have fun!!!!!!!(kay ru)

At April 20, 2010 at 8:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh! ms how many people went with you?(kay ru)

At April 21, 2010 at 12:16 AM , Blogger Mrs. Armstrong said...

Hi KayRu! We have 5 teachers and 2 other people who don't teach with us. we also have 3 scientists. I hoe you are well. Take care! Ms. A.


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