25 November 2009

What is Aquaponics? from OrganicNation on Vimeo.

Here is a cool video I found. Relate this to our trout tank.

"In nature there is no waste..."

24 November 2009

Today, Sarah Cudney, a Cornell Sophomore came in to talk about
mammalian anatomy and locomotion. She did a great job and was nice
enough to haul in several skulls from Ithaca. If you enjoyed this talk
you may want to start thinking about going to college for wildlife
biology or veterinarian sciences.

22 November 2009

My GPS Position

Spending the day on the Niagara River. 

This is My Current GPS Position:
Latitude: 43.119278
Longitude: -79.066994
Google Maps link

Sent from my iPhone

19 November 2009

The week after Thanksgiving signals the beginning of Project Feederwatch. Students will be able to sign up for Rec. birdwatching. We will be observing our school feeder and submitting our findings to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's website. Last night I purchased a bunch of bird seed from Ms. Rae's bird shop in Lansing (http:/www.raesroost.com). Thank you also to Taylor P. and his family for donating seed as well. Monday we will begin learning several of the species of birds we will be seeing.

18 November 2009

Yesterday Bill Foster came in to introduce our trout in the classroom program and explain a little about some of the things we'll be doing this year. If you are interested, be sure to check out the Trout in the Classroom blog at http://fingerlakestic.blogspot.com

Also, here is a video of a two-headed trout alevin:

16 November 2009

This thursday after school at 3pm my high school environmental science club will be watching and discussing the documentary, Food, Inc. I wanted to extend the invite to the 7th graders and parents as well. This spring will mark the 3rd (and best so far) year for our school's organic garden and this film will highlight the benefits of that effort. As a warmup, check out this student-run garden at Yale university...pretty sharp. If you would like to help out with our own garden, more information will be available this winter.

Students Dig In at Yale's Sustainable Farm from OrganicNation on Vimeo.

10 November 2009

It was a fishy today for Mr. DeVoe's class. A Student from Cornell, James Costaras, came to talk about what the fish around here look like and what allows them to function. We got the opportunity to hear some big fish stories in class... Feel free to post your fishing stories in the comments below! A special thanks to Cornell and Mr. Costaras for joining us today.

06 November 2009

Scanning Electron Microscope Presentation

Video From Today....Sorry about the camerawork.

Today we had the privilege of having Daron Westley, an electron microscopy specialist from Cornell come to our class with a PORTABLE SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPE!!! The pictures seen throughout the day were truly amazing. They range from Mr. Meade's toe skin, to Courtney's hair to a freshly killed fly directly off the classroom window.

03 November 2009

A special thanks to Miss. Miller, a student from Cornell that came to speak on fireflies! The next time we look up into the night sky to see the glow of a firfly we will be able to see the beauty behind the biology. Look forward to Friday when we will be having a portable electron microscope brought into class!

Thursday night at 7pm I will be doing a presentation on The Appalachian Trail in my room. All interested individuals are welcome. It will be roughly 40 minutes with a question and answer session following. Hope to see you there...bring a friend.

02 November 2009

Today we welcomed our newest members into the classroom...about 100 newly-hatched Brown Trout (Salmo trutta) alevins. These guys came from a fish hatchery in Bath, NY and will grow and develop in our tank until we let them go in Owasco Inlet in April or May. It should be a great experience. Several schools in Tompkins County take part but we're going to keep our tank temperature slightly lower than the others to see if that affects their metabolism and growth.

01 November 2009

Great job on the quiz on friday, the following students had perfect scores on their quizes! Timothy B, Tristen B, Mackenzie C, Anneleise H, Otis J, Courtney J, Chris H, Sam G, Ryan B, Allyson B, Alexis S, Drew B, and Camille H. Keep up the good work!

In this coming week we will be learning about how to use the microscope, along with having a vistor come in with a portable electron microscope and another speaker on fireflies!
On friday you got to hear a little bit about my experience with Honey bees. Here are some of the pictures shown in class just in case you wanted a second look. Over the next few weeks I will be showing you more of my amazing biology experiences.