Hi, My name is Mr. Green. Please join me as I travel to Churchill Canada to study Climate Change.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Arctic Wildlife!


















Hi Students...

During my stay here, we are allowed one day off from our work. That day was Friday, 9-11. If you'll click on the slide show below, you can view some incredible wildlife we witnessed thanks to the help of our guide, Paul. We saw polar bears, beluga whales, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, snow geese, ravens, red fox, , a wolf, and lots of pristine scenery on a perfect day of crisp, clear weather.

But for now, it is back to work gathering field samples of soil and permafrost. We take the 150+ field samples and process them in the lab at night after a long process of measuring the samples and baking them to determine soil and organic matter content. It is a long and laborious task that requires precision. Collecting the field data requires dedication and hard work no matter what the weather or bug conditions may be. Thankfully, we had a gorgeous day on our day off for wildlife viewing. I hope you enjoy the photos.



After our day off on Friday, we worked all day and into the night on Saturday and Sunday to complete our field data collection. We collected over 180 soil samples from varying levels of the arctic tundra and permafrost. We were taught how to use a deep coring tool that took soil plugs from over 2 meters deep into the ground. Monday will be a full day in the lab to collate the data and organize it all in spread sheets for reading.

I will plan to post a short video from the head scientist here, Dr. Peter Kershaw. He gives a thumbnail explanation of how this type of data supports the evidence that climate change is indeed occurring, particularly in the Arctic. This whole trip has been an eye opening experience with long hours and often grueling schedules in all types of weather. Dealing with the insects has been one of the biggest challenges, although my gear has protected me well.

Stay tuned for more! See your Daily Discovery assignment below!



Viewing the Northern Lights!

Finally, the nighttime clouds cleared, and the northern lights were visible last night and again on Sunday night! Truly amazing! This is unique phenomenon found only in the extreme higher and/or lower latitudes of our planet. They do not occur every night, so when they do, it is really a special event.

For you DAILY DISCOVERIES today, go to this web site and answer the questions below. Enter the questions AND answers into your journal. http://www.northernlightscentre.ca/northernlights.html

DAILY DISCOVERIES
#1: What are the northern lights?

#2: What is another name for the northern lights?

#3. What causes the northern lights?

#4. Where is the best place to watch the northern lights?

#5. When is the best time of year to view the northern lights?


TODAY'S MINI-MOVIE FEATURE!!!
YOUR ASSIGNMENT: CAN YOU GUESS WHAT'S GOING ON IN THIS SHORT FILM CLIP?

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