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

Monday, September 7, 2009

The Field Work Begins...



Greetings from Northern Manitoba!!

STUDENT ASSIGNMENT: ANSWER TODAY'S 5 DISCOVERIES INTO YOUR JOURNAL!
(Students Please Note: Each new blog entry is posted at the TOP of this home page... Be sure to scroll down to be sure you see all the assignments. Start at the bottom and work your way up!)

Our team of teachers and scientists all arrive safely to begin our research titled: Climate Change on the Arctic’s Edge. We got off the plane in Churchill and were greeted by a swarm of horseflies immediately… up here they call those insects “bulldogs”... a very aggressive dominator of a bug.... thankfully, the winds have picked up and the bugs have dispersed... i would rather deal w/ cold than bugs anyday...

Our group is a very diverse team of educators and scientists from 5 different countries including Zambia, Malaysia, Croatia, Canada, and the U.S. Our mission is quite simple. We are here to gather and process field data for Dr. Peter Kershaw. Our day begins with a daily briefing at 7 a.m. where we review our goals for the day. Dr. Kershaw says that we will end each day of work by 9 p.m. but so far we have worked or listened to interesting lectures up till 11 pm... it's a long day coupled with often grueling field work in the rain and wind. (Dr. Kershaw is the man with silver hair and sunglasses.)

Some of these photos will give you an idea of our work. We spent a whole day reviewing various tools that we were trained to operate.... coring tool, GPS, Palm Pilot, to name a few... This is a high tech assignment, and I hope I can complete the work and still have the time to present interesting and STIMULATING blog entries for you awesome student.

DISCOVER #6. ENTER THIS ONE IN YOUR JOURNAL.

Look closely at the photo of the laptop computer here. There are TEN tools of technology in the photo. Can you name them all??? Some may be hidden. Discuss and write them down Greyhounds!



DISCOVER #7: ENTER IN JOURNAL:
It's not everyday you count the branches of tree seedlings under the protection of an armed guard... there must be a reason for this interesting scenario.... click on the video below to hear why... Carley is with us.... What is her job and why does she carry a 12 gauge
shotgun????


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DISCOVERY NUMBER 8: Why do you suppose the windows in our dormitory have these bars on them? See picture. (hint: Churchill is the _______ _________ Capitol of the World.)


DISCOVERY NUMBER 9: Watch this short video with Mr. Green in the field: Question: What types of tree seedlings is he studying on this day and why???


video

DISCOVERY #10 (Last one today!) Go to Google and give me the EXACT NAME of this cute little furry animal. Can you draw him? (Hint: He is white in the winter except for grey tips on his cute little ears!)
Want to see more photos?? Check out this slide show... more to come! Students, keep your journals going!!! Make them YOUR personal BEST!!

HAVE A GREAT DAY! I WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS ON THE BLOG!


DON'T FORGET, EVERYDAY COUNTS! MAKE IT HAPPEN!
REPORTING LIVE FROM THE ARCTIC, YOUR TEACHER,

MR. G!

2 Comments:

At September 8, 2009 at 11:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What type of tree seedlings are you studying, because, "Here on Labor Day, all is well" is not a type of tree...

-Monroe

 
At September 8, 2009 at 1:19 PM , Blogger Joe Green said...

Thanks Monroe. The tree seedlings are White Spruce. They are very slow growers up here due to the extreme weather conditions. The 2'tall trees we measured today are 18-20 years old!

 

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