Hello my name is Ms. Lee. Please travel with me to New Orleans to study Climate Change and Caterpillars!

Monday, April 19, 2010

In the Bayou

Aloha Students,
I hope you had a wonderful weekend! New Orleans is a very interesting city with lots of great food and wonderful music. Right now I am in Pearl River Wildlife Management Area- in the bayou. There are 10 of us sleeping in a bunk house, it is like science camp for adults. Today I go to collect my first caterpillars!



Louisiana has many invasive species, just like Maui. One of the invasive species is called the nutria. Read the following link to learn more about this animal.

When you are finished, answer the following questions as a group. (Remember to include all group member names in order to receive credit)

1) Where is the nutria from?
2) How does it damage the ecosystem in Louisiana?
3) Describe an invasive species found in Maui and explain how it damages the Hawaiian environment.

20 comments:

  1. Dear Students,
    I hope you are behaving for Ms. Haag! I am trying to upload some pictures from the trip but I'm having some problems, I will try to get them on later today. Miss you and hope you are learning a lot.
    Sincerely,
    Ms Stockwell

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  2. Group 6(Kristen, Andrea, Thomas, & Brandon)
    The nutria is from South America. It damgages the ecosystem in Loiusiana because it is destructive. An invasive species is the wild pig. It damages forests'.

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  3. -THE NUTRIA COMES FROM SOUTH AMERICA...
    -IT DAMAGES THE ECO SYSTEM IN LOUSIANA BY EATING ALL THE FOODS SO ALL THE OTHER NATIVE ANIMALS CAN'T EAT THE FOOD...
    -AN INVASIVE SPECIES FROM MAUI IS A MONGOOSE...IT DAMAGES THE HAWAIIAN ENVIRONMENT BY KILLING THE BIRDS,SMALL MAMMALS,REPTILES,INSECTS,FRUITS,PLANTS,THE EGGS AND HATCHLINGS OF GROUND NESTING BIRDS LIKE THE NENE,AND ENDANGERED SEA TURTLES ARE AT RISK...

    BLOCK-1
    PER,MEHGAN,CRAIG,LEEANN

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  4. 1) Nutria is from South America
    2) The Nutria is destructive of it's habitat and creates problems for muskrats and waterfowl.
    3.) An invasive species in Hawaii is the Fire Ants. They damage the hawaiian enviorment because they form colonies and overtake farmers crops and damage their crops.
    From: Block 1; Team 5; Britney, Kaena, Blayd, And Kai

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  5. BLOCK 1. GROUP 3.
    ha'aheo. tyler. kayleena. and kamoana.

    hiiiiii ms.stockwell,
    we are all glad you got there safely. and we hope you are having a great time. (:
    we miss you here..and we want you back sooon!

    but anyway,
    1).nutria is from South America.
    2).it damages the ecosystem in louisiana because they are coloinal in habitat, nutria often overharvest edible plants within their small range, resulting in the killing of the desirable plant species.
    3).an invasive species that is found in maui is fire ants. because they damage our hawaiian native people's harvest. :)))) or any other ordinary harvest that we have here on the island! hehehe.

    have fun ms. stockwell! and be safe! :)

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  6. 1.south america
    2.Primarily a surface feeder, nutria often overharvest favored foods, causing the production of less favored foods for themselves and other wildlife species
    3.the ants in waihee(fire ants)because it kills native animals an plants

    dave,shawnna,raenisha(audreyanna was absent)
    group 5
    Block 2

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  7. Aundre Paet, kaile gomes galeng, julianna hedge Team 6 Block 2

    1)The nutria is from South America.

    2)The nutria roots up and destroys desierable plants species.

    3)One invasive species on Maui is the wild boar. The wild boar roots up and destroyes native plants of Hawaii just like the nutria.

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  8. Block 2 Team 2 Riel, Jenna, Ernesto, Sasha
    1) Nutria is from South America.
    2)It damages the ecosystem in Louisiana by harvesting their favorite food which leads to the killing of desirable plants. Nutria fur also contains parasites. this fur is sold to people and these furs may contain the parasites.
    3)An invasive species found on Maui is the mongoose. The mongoose destroys the Hawaiian habitat because it may the native Hawaiian birds and other small native animals.

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  9. BLK #3 krissy Dezzy Wendy Kainoa
    team 1
    1. The nutria is from south america
    2.They damage the crops & effects wanted bugs. when the fur gets sold, it gets sold with all the parasites on them ewww.(:
    3.A invasive spicie found on maui would have to be rats.! Rats effect us humans with bites and little parasites on them can effect us, they eat up the crops, and invade houses.

    p.s. we hope you are having a good time in louisiana & that you are learning as much as we do.(; p.s.s. bring back something cool.!

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  10. 1) the nutria is natively from south america and introduced to other american states
    2) The nutria damages Louisiana's ecosystem because they eat crops and have large appetites

    3) The invasive species is the wildboars which eats native plants and destroys native bird nests.

    Kaitlyn Nakamoto
    Dylan Leigh
    Mark marcelo
    Vivian Ho

    Block 3
    Team 5

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  11. (jennica,kris,rancin,& titus) block:3
    The nutria came from the south america 2]it damages in louisanaby havesting their food which kills plants.3]the mangoose ate the native birds and it made it harder for the native birds to get there numbers up.

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  12. Amanda, Rory, Jeremiah, Kirsten
    Block 3
    Group 6

    1)Nutria is from South America and was released to Louisiana on purpose and accidential.
    2)They are harmfull to the ecosystem because they feed on land species and crops they also burrow near ponds and lakes which are larger and more destructive and they also kill plant species.
    3)An invasive specis that affect the Hawaiian enviroment is the coffee plant. this plant grows wildly over the native plants. If they keep growing they will eventually kill all of the native plants.

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  13. 1 NUTRIA IS FROM SOUTH AMERICA.
    2 IT DAMAGE THE ECO SYSTEM BY
    DESTROYING AND EATING FOOD THAT
    OTHER ORGANISM'S NEED TO SURVIVE.
    3 INVASIVE SPECIES INCLUDE THE WILD
    BOAR.
    FROM TEAM 7
    BLK3
    TALAIASI DARRIN$

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  14. 1)The Nutria is from South America.
    2) It Damages the eco system by over eating edible crops.
    3)Fire ants are invasive because they sting very bad and they protect aphids which kill crops.
    group#2
    Block#5
    Bryan, Evan, Francesca, AND Regina
    :)
    Have a GREAT TRIP IN NEW ORLEANS!!!;)))

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  15. Group 3
    Block 5
    Dane, Haley, Hawaiian, & Ginel

    1)The Nutria is from South America.
    2)It damages the environment in Louisiana by over-eating the desirable plants, then the undesirable plants start to take over the land.
    3)A type of invasive species in Hawaii is banana polka plant. It is invasive because it damages the forest by blocking sunlight thus killing the plants and other trees in the forest. Also, it creates a fruit that is attractive to birds who spread the seeds through their feces.

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  16. 1)Nutria is from South America
    2)It damages the ecosytem because they eat to much of the favored food,and the plant reproduces less food.
    3)An invasive species is a cane toad.It preys on and competes native species.it is very toxic to other animals.
    Victoria,Kainalu,Emi(cameron is absent)block 6

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  17. jaylina,ekolu,layke
    the nutria is from south america
    it eats the food that other native animals need to survive
    one invasive species in hawaii is the mangoose, it eats the eggs of other native animals

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  18. Giuliana,Stefani,Shanelle
    Block #6
    Group #6

    1)Nutria is from South America.

    2)Nutria damages the ecosystems in Louisiana because they often overharvest edible plants within their small range, which kills the desirable plant species. These "eat-outs" destroy productivity as often less desirable plants replace the more desirable ones.

    3)An invasive species found on Maui is the Fire Ants. It infests the island and can cause our aniimals to go blind. The Fire Ant infests our plants which kills them.

    [p.s. hope you're having an awesome time on your trip~!have fun and be safe~! :)]

    shanelle says-ms.stockwell hope you have a great time and be safe....have an enjoyable trip....make sure when you come back to dust off your clothes because we dont want any more caterpillars....well have fun....see yah laters....;P

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  19. Block 6..group 5 cortney,sean,josh,ti'are
    Nutria is native to south America
    Nutria damages the ecosystem by eating native plants which some animals need to live
    An invasive species to Maui is red ants they harm and kill native plants and animals to Hawai'i.

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  20. team, 1
    block, 6
    keliko, mikayla, kderson, (taenia-absent)
    answers for questions.

    one, it is native to south america and introduced to american states.

    two, nutria brings lice, flat worms, round worms, and flees. it also damages ecosystem.

    three, LFA(little fire ants) help invasive species, such a afids and hurts humans

    mrs. lee, were glad to hear your safe, have a good time, block 6(:

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