October 12

The Jaguar’s Jaw

Jaguar’s have the fourth strongest bite force of any animal on Earth. They kill their prey by piercing the skull and brain with one bite. They can even take on caimans, which are crocodile relatives who are just as dangerous. Jaguars have been known for even eating children who wander to far away from their houses.

Jaguars are the biggest cat in South America and are often mixed up with leopards. Leopards have big blotches where jaguars have dots inside of dots. Leopards are also better climbers.

Why does the jaguar use its jaws more than any other cats?

Why is its pattern so oddly unique?

Do caimans and other crocodilians taste good?

October 5

“How’s the Weather Down There?!”

In Borneo there was a outbreak of a terrible disease coming from mosquitos. The US decided to pitch in by spraying DDT all over the place. The DDT killed the mosquitos, but it also killed the parasitic wasps that kill the roof-eating caterpillars. You can see what happened next. The DDT also made all the geckos sick. The cats ate the geckos and died so the rat population skyrocketed. The rats brought two more diseases. The US decided to make it up with Borneo by parachuting cats into the country.

In class we were assigned to make a picture describing the event. Naomi and I made a picture that showed the events of the DDT in a chain. We also drew the fallen roofs and the millions of rats.

What the US do to help kill the caterpillars?

Why didn’t the geckos die from being sick?

Why didn’t the DDT effect the caterpillars?

September 27

“Eye See You!”

In Botswana farmers painted eyes on the butts of their cows. The eyes were put there because all of the African Lions were eating the cows. The lions wouldn’t attack the cows because they thought that the cows could see them. The farmers did a test: they sent out cows with butt eyes and cows without. None of the eyeless cows came back, but all of the eyed cows returned!

September 27

Plants vs Seeds (9/27/20)

Last week we planted many baby plants and seeds we planted:

Russian Kale

Yummy Cabbage

and so many more!

We’re trying to see the difference between seeds and baby plants in the hoop house and the garden. We talked about abiotic factors like soil and the sun. The abiotic sun was soooooo hot at the hoop house. The abiotic soil was super wet. We also talked about biotic factors like squirrels and plants. The biotic squirrels eat the plants. The biotic plants grow!

I think that the garden plants and seeds will grow faster because of direct sunlight and rain, but then again it’s really hot in the hoop house. We’ll just have to wait and see!

September 9

9/13 Owl Post

Dear Mrs. Cuttatree,

I am a Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus). I am 25 centimeters tall, 90 – 194 grams and my wingspan is 30.8 – 38.4 centimeters. My clutches can have up to 19 eggs! My species is already endangered so if you cut the forest I might go extinct! I have excellent hearing even for an owl and if you cut the trees I won’t be able to hear my prey! We aren’t sociable and males keep hooting and singing to find a mate, if you cut the trees you will be hearing a lot of hooting from males who can’t find the ladies. We like to live in old dense forests in North America and Europe. We love eating voles, mice, shrews, lemmings, and moles. If the trees were cut and the owls were gone, the voles and lemmings would overpopulate and become a hazard! So please don’t cut the trees. Your stupidly ironic name doesn’t give you excuses!

Dear,

Joe