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

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Dear Students, I am very tired tonight, so I will see how long I can stay awake to write you and send pictures. We left early in the morning in kayaks and traveled down the Pearl River to a place where our scientist is doing her caterpillar research. I love to travel in a kayak and the weather was perfect. Getting out of the kayak was the problem. There was lots of mud that was very slippery and hard to walk on. I'm so glad I have my rubber boots!

We spent the day collecting caterpillars and counting leaves to see how much of the plants were eaten, and what kind of plants caterpillars like best. We didn't find as many kinds of caterpillars today, though.
I did see animal tracks. Try to guess what animals made the tracks. I am trying to ask people here too, because I don't know yet. I found a little bird nest made of tree bark with 4 beautiful eggs. We also saw crayfish, which both people and other animals of Louisiana eat. Finally, see if you can find the picture with black spots on the ground. It's called caterpillar frass. Can you guess what that is?

We all came home tired today...you can see one of the scientists relaxing in his kayak on the way back. He relaxed until we saw our last animal. That's when we all paddled away as fast as we could. I got a picture of it ( a huge, bull alligator) just before he jumped into the water near us. Honestly, we were all pretty scared, but he swam in the opposite direction. I'm glad to be back inside our bunkhouse, and to be clean! :)

Thank you for your comments to me, kids. I love to hear from you! I know you all have questions, and I will answer them the best I can when I get home. Mrs. A.



At April 22, 2010 at 8:02 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mrs Armstrong!realling amazing pictures!we can imagine how tired you were after a long day like that on a kayak. We think the animal track comes from an alligator's foot. The caterpillar frass is the poop. Enjoy the rest of your day. we are looking forward to receive more pictures from you. We miss you a lot because you are our best teacher.
p1 class

At April 22, 2010 at 8:28 AM , Blogger DebK said...

I'm glad I can admire these pictures from afar. The thought of being around all of those caterpillars makes my skin crawl. I'm not an insect lover! Sounds like you are having a great time, and I look forward to hearing more from you when you return.

At April 22, 2010 at 11:58 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mrs Armstrong!
It was so nice to see you on skype.We just look at the pictures and saw the big alligator that scared you and us too...Be carefull next time.Make sure you are not alone.We miss you a lot and will see you soon.
P4 class

At April 22, 2010 at 12:37 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mrs Armstrong! how are you? Is it cool where you are? we look at the picture of the animal track and we think that it is a alligator foot print. We also look at the caterpillar frass and we think it is poop! We miss you everyday. We like your pictures and comments a lot.
P5 students.

At April 22, 2010 at 1:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mrs Armstrong!
We just look at your comments and pictures and are waiting for you to call us on skype.We like the picture of the alligator. How did you take the picture of the nest with the eggs? we miss you and Ms Hall.We think that the foot print is a alligator's one.
P6 students


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