Freshmen: Students have been researching and creating presentations about a particular species of their choice. Today, some students presented their animals to their classmates. Next week we will finish presenting and will be creating a web, highlighting all of the ways the animals interact with other components of the ecosystem.
Sophomores: Worksafe ends on 12/19 and students start an Environmental Awareness unit on 12/21, where they will create a visual presentation to share with the class regarding an environmental topic of interest to them.
Juniors: Students have adopted a character who is involved in natural resource management, "purchased" a piece of property related to their expertice and are working on developing a management plan for the property. This week we also visited the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station to talk to scientists in the Forestry and Horticulture department to see how science influences wildlife management. Megan Linske and Dr. Scott Williams showed us how they can tell if a tick is infected with the bacteria that is responsible for Lyme disease. Their research in the past has shown that areas with dencer Japanese Barberry cover have a higher population of deer ticks. Check out this article to learn more about ticks and barberry.
Seniors: We took a trip to Allnex during class this week to tour their Wastewater Treatment Plant. Students learned about the process water undergoes in order for it ultimately to be safe to release into the Quinnipiac River. We also stopped by the Aquaculture lab where Aqua seniors taught us about how their water is filtered.
December FFA Meeting Recap:
1. A merchandise committee was formed to investigate making Ag t-shirts for students to buy - they'll be meeting on Tuesday 12/20 after school in Ag 216. If you have students with ideas (verbal - they DO NOT have to be drawn) please send them.
2. Students voted to support a student in need.
3. Holiday/ Winter themed cards and up-cycled bracelets are on sale (most items a dollar) in Ag 216, Ag 105, or see Erin Murray to purchase. All proceeds are going to Dan Cosgrove animal shelter.
4. Committee members are supposed to start coming around to do a Dan Cosgrove "lose change" collection.
These updates are intended for current parents and students in the Wildlife Biology class at LHHS.