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Ecology Fair University of Minnesota Monarch Lab

Abstracts from Jackson Middle School 2017

Jackson Middle School
6000 109th Ave N
Champlin, MN 55427

Year: 2017
Teacher(s): Sarah Garrett

Flowers and Pollinators at Work

Abigail M

The world cares what attracts pollinators because they help grow food. Do different flower species affect the number of pollinator visits? I used 8 species of flowers we have at school to collect my evidence.  I spent 15 minutes at each flower counting how many times pollinators touched the flowers. I found that Purple Coneflower had 40  visits, Sedum had 12 visits, Yellow Daisy had 118 visits, Sneezeweed had 348 visits, Joe Pye Weed had 81 visits, Hyssop had 72 visits, Heath Aster had 2013 visits, and Purple Aster had 2827 visits.  This tells us that if you want pollinators to visit your flowers in September, you should plant Purple Asters.


How Does Temperature and Weather Conditions Affect the Amount of Birds We See?

Hannah L

In my study, I wanted to find out how the temperature and weather affects the amount of birds I see. To do this, my class and I went outside in the woods and looked for birds on a sunny, 71 degree F day and then on a cloudy, 56 F day. On the first day, we saw only 1 blue jay, and on the second day we saw 3 Canadian goose, 3 blue jays, 1 robin and 1 sparrow. I thought that there would be more birds in 71 F but i was wrong! I learned that you can see a variety of birds even in cold weather.


Jackson Middle School Bee Population For Pollination

Yen L, Alivia L

Our class did an experiment of our choice about the pollinators. We decided that we wanted “what kinds of bees are visiting the Jackson middle school rain garden?” as our question. We spent fifteen minutes collecting every insect that we could catch in the garden with small cups. After that, our class classified and counted the insects we collected. Next, we set them free and went inside to sort out the notes.  We found fifteen solitary bees (Hylaeus and Green Metallic Sweat bees) and fifteen social bees (all Bumblebees). So, both solitary and social bees equally populate the Jackson Middle school’s rain garden.


Neighborhood Vs. Pond Bird Field Study

Keilaigh E, Kaylynn P

During our study, we went to a neighborhood and a pond near Jackson Middle School to observe how many birds there were in each location. We observed various species of birds during the field study in a 15 minute walking count. At the end of the experiment, we compared the data we got at the neighborhood to the data we got at the pond. We observed 9 birds (mallards, bluejay, and another unknown bird) at the pond compared to 2 (bluejay and mallard) at the neighborhood.  We found that more birds were around ponds, because the neighborhoods were noisy, inhabited by us humans, full of pollution and other man-made structures.


Snail Rocks Vs. Snail Space Distance

Sydney B

I conducted this experiment with my class to find out if pond snails travel farther with, or without rocks in their tank.  We separated the snails into two groups of 7. In 7 petri dishes, we added 20 ML of gravel and 40 ML of water.  In 7 petri dishes we only added water.. Next, we put the snails in and closed the lid, tracing where the snail went. After 10 minutes, we took a string, laid it where the snail went, and measured the distance each traveled. We found that snails with water only averaged a longer distance (86.7 cm) than snails in a dish with water and gravel (62.8 cm). In conclusion, snails travel farther without rocks in their way.


With Shells or Not With Shells....That Is The Question

Olivia O

My science fair project is “Which is better, sunflower seeds with a shell, or without a shell?” I set up a triple tube feeder in my backyard and filled two of the tubes with each of the different seed types.  After the end of each day, I measured the different levels of the feeders. I observed for seven days. Finally after the week was over, I found the average amount eaten of each food.  My experiment’s results could help improve the amount of birds that people see in their yard.


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