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Ecology Fair University of Minnesota Monarch Lab

Abstracts from Wayzata East Middle School 2015

Wayzata East Middle School
12000 Ridgemount Ave
Plymouth, MN 55441

Year: 2015
Teacher(s): Kristi Corens

Animal Tracks

Jill R

I was wondering what type of animal footprints I would get by using foods that animals in the wild would like? I discovered that the animals in the wild mostly like food that humans and cats eat. The animals that I discovered in this observation were raccoons and squirrels. The data that I gathered is a tad questionable. The result of this survey was exciting to gather. So the overall results are that wild animals like similar foods as humans and cats.

Bumblebees versus Other Arthropods

Lauren L

I conducted my experiment because I was curious whether I would find more bumblebees, or other arthropods on a goldenrod flower. I conducted a total of eleven trials of a sweep net experiment, and three trials of a still observation experiment. At the site, I swept back and forth over the field of goldenrods, and counted how many bumblebees and other arthropods, I had caught. For the still observation experiment, I stood quietly, watching a small patch of goldenrod, counting the number of bumblebees, and other arthropods I saw. My results supported the idea that more other arthropods, rather than bumblebees, could be found on a goldenrod flower.

Potato Traps - Hill vs River

Kayla M, Aarush J

Our comparative question for our project was that will more invertebrates be found in a potato trap in site one( on top of a  hill) or will more be found in site seven( on the bank of a river). Our first hypothesis was that more invertebrates will be found in site one than site seven. Our second hypotheses was that more invertebrates will be found in site seven than site one. Our third, null, hypothesis was the same amount of invertebrates will be found at both sites. After collecting our data, we found a total of 11 bugs in site 1 and 4 in site 7, thus proving our first hypothesis, more invertebrates will be found in site one than site seven, to be true.

Potato, Apple, and Banana Traps

Carinn T, Madison Q

We compared the number of Arthropods on each trap (Apple, banana, and potato). At first we gathered the materials before preparing them by cutting out and connecting the severed halves. We then took out the nine traps, putting the three different kinds together in triangles a certain length away. At the same time for 3 days we would go out and count how many Arthropods were found on them and on the last day averaging them. We were curious about which food the Arthropods would be attracted to more and what the results would be. The Apples had the most found on them but you should still come and see our results. They turned to be very interesting!

Sweep Nets

Mikyla D

This experiment was fun and easy to do. For 3 days you will go to an open field, use a sweep net and record the number and type of arthropods you swept up. Repeat by the pond by the woods. We caught a lot of arthropods! Come see our results!

The Arthropod Catchers

Rheanna T

The purpose of this experiment was to determine whether more Arthropods will fall off the branch when it’s wet or dry. We decided to test this because we were curious about the way Arthropods would react to the different climates of their environment. To test our experiment we used the Beating Tray strategy. That’s when you lay down a sheet under a branch, then shake it and see what fell off the branch when shaken. We had to wet the branch the second day of our research because it hadn’t rained as we suspected. According to the data we collected, the Arthropods liked the branch better when it was dry versus wet. 

The Blue Bandits

Lydia C

I wondered if animals would be more attracted to tuna or to apples. I used a track plate to conduct this experiment, and recorded data for 2 days. I set up my experiment with two track plates, one with apples in it and one with a can of tuna in it. My results showed that animals were attracted more to the tuna.

Where are the Bees?

Alexander H

I wondered where there would be more bees; on the north side of Wayzata East Middle School field or the south side of Wayzata East Middle School field? Using pan traps I discovered there was more bees in the north side 13 than the south side 2. I believe the northern traps collected more bees because there was more golden rod around the traps. I had a couple of mistakes: the pans were tilted and a pan broke but the rest of the project went smoothly.

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