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.
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