Scientists seek to answer questions that nobody knows the answer to. Often, science classrooms solely focus on the information scientists have previously obtained at the expense of teaching students how to use the scientific process. My goal is to introduce students to this process by sharing with them the challenges and rewards of my research. I hope these activities allow students to see science in a new way. Pictured here are some hatchling Red Eared Sliders produced by fertile turtles!.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Turtle Camp Begins!
On Monday we arrived at our Turtle Research site in Thomson, IL. We will spend the next 6 weeks here doing science research, working mostly with Painted Turtles. On Day 1 we set up our campsite and gear for the 6 week season, and purchased a lot of supplies and groceries. Yesterday we set up a lot of turtle traps in the Mississippi River backwaters to try and capture as many turtles as possible. And we also had our very first turtle nest of the season.... Our internet coverage is rather poor out here, but I will be sending you some videos and more updates soon.
To whet your appetite, check out this longer turtle trapping video from last years Turtle Camp.