To 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.
- 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.
- Take some time to get to know and enjoy your Site Gamma.
- Make some general observations and record them in your notebook, as usual starting your notes with Time, Location and Weather Conditions.
- If you can, take a picture that provides a sense of the area.
- 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?
- Summarize your responses to 3 – 5 in a blog post.
- Read and comment on a classmate’s blog post; any post on any blog will do.