Just an update

Just a little update: As of 4:00 AM Friday, there are 10 days left until the trip. During the trip, you will be hearing lots of updates from us , plus our friends from Earthplace! Can’t wait..You probably can…But I can’t

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3/5/11 vending machine,fire burning, and tree tapping fun!

This week a lot of different things happened. They announced the annual JS trip. This year it’s Washington state! Only room for ten people and Brendan and I are one (two?) of them. I would explain it, but that gives all you stalkers out there an opportunity to follow us. Kidding. I’m pretty sure NOBODY reads this blog, let alone stalkers. I’m super excited for that, though. After we found out about that, we all took a walk in the woods and Brie and Jonathan decided it would be fun to take a walk on the ice again. We did that a few weeks ago, and it was fine. The ice was 5 inches thick then. But the sun has been out and the ice was probably about an inch thick and dangerous. Nobody got hurt though, luckily. Then we came back and failed at buying things from the vending machine (long story). Then Grit started a fire, in the fire pit of course, and we had a sort of cookout. We also tapped the trees, which came out pretty well. Great week.

SHOUTOUT TO JIM!

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No JS

No JS this week. Grit is in a meeting all day, and it’s February break. We’ll be back next week with a new log

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Dissections 1/29/11

I’m at a loss for words of how to describe yesterday at Earthplace. Well, I guess I’ll just go with interesting. We dissected a bunch of different animals from scorpions to squids to toads and lizards. Brendan and I took the lizard and the toad, which were both awesome. We even found an egg inside the lizard. But of course, the smell of formaldehyde was overpowering and we had a bunch of people sitting outside on the verge of passing out. But all in all, a pretty good day!

About the photo: This was a microdigiscoped image of a Anoles insides.  What’s Microdigiscoping?  This works when you press the lens of a camera inside the eyepiece of a microscope.  This was also cropped because of the ring of the scope.

Photo Credit: Brendan Murtha

The Birder’s View:  It was really quiet today- really really quiet.  The massive amount of snow had really covered most things up- we had at least two and a half feet on the ground and a couple inches on every tree branch.  No birdsong could be heard.  In the back by the raptor cages was the only activity, the regular flock of mixed vultures- Turkey and Black.  And even they seemed to be in less numbers than usual.

– Brendan

– JS

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Hello!

Hi!  We are the Junior Staff of  Earthplace, in Westport, CT.  We are made up of kids ages 10 to 18 and have many adventures, whether we are doing work for the center or learning about science from our adult leaders.  In this blog we hope to log the things we do each week, from working programs to doing dissections.  We have a lot a fun.  So enjoy!  We would love to hear from you and we hope you learn about the natural world and our doings at Earthplace.  Again, welcome to the Junior Staff Journals.

– the JS

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