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Friday, July 13, 2012

Research team updates

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Dispatch from the Rochester D2D club:

The D2D monarch club in Rochester has just begun meeting. We are part of the summer camp programming at Quarry Hill Nature Center and will meet M-F mornings 9 - 11:30 a.m. for two consecutive weeks. After three meetings we have learned to identify four different kinds of milkweed and monitored for monarchs in two different locations (total findings = 2 first instars and 1 egg). We are raising about 15 monarchs in our meeting place and yesterday had the amazing fortune of observing two caterpillars as they changed from "Js" into pupae. The kids and I were amazed! How does that big caterpillar fit in that tiny pupa? How did it make the green casing? How gross/amazing is that pile of molted skin? Tomorrow we will attempt our first mini-inquiry. I think we'll invent a question we can answer by looking at data in the MLMP website since the kids were really into the data we looked at today. I also want to be sure to save time for a fun game as we've been all-business so far.

Andrea Lorek Strauss

Extension Educator

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