Naturalist Perspectives Assignment: Identify Your Site Gamma

img_4008To continue branching out to new places for the Naturalist Perspectives component of the course, this week, you’ll identify a third location you can visit and observe: Site Gamma. A blog post based on the instructions below is due on Oct. 18th.

  1. Pick a location that grants you some degree of contact with nature to be your Site Gamma. Ideally, this should be a place within walking distance of your Site Alpha or Beta. Once again, be sure to choose a location that is safe and permits comfortable observation.
  2. Take some time to get to know and enjoy your Site Gamma.
  3. Make some general observations and record them in your notebook, as usual starting your notes with Time, Location and Weather Conditions.
  4. If you can, take a picture that provides a sense of the area.
  5. Of the macromolecules we’ve discussed, which is the most prevalent one in your Site Gamma, based on your observations? Why is it so abundant? If you’re in an area with human-made structures, what is the predominant material in Site Gamma? Is it an ionic compound or a molecule? Is it a polymer?
  6. Summarize your responses to 3 – 5 in a blog post.
  7. Read and comment on a classmate’s blog post; any post on any blog will do.

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