Our Visit with the Earth Rangers

By Class 3F
Karine and Emily from the Earth Rangers visited SJAM on April 6th

This morning during first block, students from SJAM  were invited to an Earth Rangers presentation in the gym, where Earth Rangers Emily and Karine shared live animals and videos to inform us about how we can save wildlife and the environment. Here are some of the things we learned.

Earth Rangers, by Adam, Lewis, and Jake M

Emily and Karine want to encourage us to help clean up pollution and be the “Leaders of Today.”  We can sign up at earthrangers.com to raise money for Earth Rangers. Pollution is putting animals in danger. We can help by stopping pollution, by picking up trash. Be the Leaders of Today by joining Earth Rangers.

Emily shows us Millie, the Three-Banded Armadillo, who says “Hi” to the camera.

Millie, the Three-Banded Armadillo, by Peyton and Oliver

Millie is a three-banded Armadillo. Armadillos live in South America. Mille is an insectivore and we saw Millie eat meal worms. Millie is a mammal and has hairs underneath her armour. The hairs help her sense when something is nearby. When endangered, Millie curls up into a ball with her armour closed around her for protection.

Linus, the Harris Hawk by Maggie and Seamus

Linus the Harris Hawk lives in the desert in southwestern USA. Linus likes to eat rats, mice, and lizards. When he eats he flaps his wings to conserve energy. He uses his huge wings to pick up speed and he uses his sharp talons to catch his prey. Linus is a Harris Hawk. When Karine was holding Linus, she had a glove on her hand to protect her from his talons. Linus had brown, dark brown, and white feathers. His beak was yellow and curved downward. His wings were about as big as a kid’s arm. Linus can fly very high so that he can fly over mountains.  Read more about Linus, the Harris Hawk

Parks Canada and the Red-Knot Rufa, by AJ and Liam

Parks Canada is the largest conservation organization in Canada. One project they are doing is to help the red-knot rufa. A red-knot rufa bird can fly 30,000 kilometres a year. One bird is 22 years old and has flown 660,000 kilometres in his life.  They put bands on their legs. Canada puts white bands on them. They fly far south in the winter time.  We want to go swimming at Parks Canada.

Emily lets us get up close to Floyd, the Ball Python, courtesy of the close-up cam.

Floyd, the Ball Python  by Kael and Zayda

Floyd is a Ball Python. Unlike most snakes, he is not venomous. Floyd can also unhinge his jaw joints so he can swallow prey bigger than his head and body. He also rolls up into a ball when scared or endangered. Ball Pythons eat mice and rats. They are not an endangered species of snake. When ball pythons get tired of their mate, they kill them. Ball Pythons live in the savanna of Africa under large rocks.

“Vernal pool with a closed canopy,” from vernalpools.org

Vernal Pools, by Layla and Paige

Karine and Emily showed us a video presentation about Vernal Pools. Vernal pools are seasonal ponds that are located in cool dark forests. They are very hard to find, but have their own little ecosystems, free from fish, because they are not connected to flowing water from streams or rivers.They are great breeding grounds for amphibians. Saving vernal pools is one of the projects that the Earth Rangers are promoting. So please save Vernal Pools now. Sign up today.

Bring Back the Wild, a project by the Pollinators Partnership.

Pollinators, by Liam D and Jacob T

Bees are one of the most important parts of our ecosystem. Bees are dying out, and so Karine and Emily are getting more people to join the Earth Rangers team. The bees and other pollinators collect nectar for honey, and while they do this, they also transfer the pollen from plant to plant. This helps fruit to grow. Bees pollinate 80% of our fruits and vegetables. During the spring, a queen bee will lay 1500 eggs per day and they are grown up in 25 days. Bees make honey for themselves to eat and also for animals and us. Honey can be used for many different things. Other important pollinators are bats, beetles, butterflies, and birds like the hummingbird. The Pollinator Partnership is encouraging people to create Pollinator Gardens. This is one thing we can do by joining the Earth Rangers.

Karine shows us Daisy, the Skunk. Daisy was very well behaved for all of us. We were glad.

Daisy the Skunk, by Ellen and Aiyanna

Daisy is a skunk. She only sprays as a last response. Her first warning is a hissing sound. Her second warning is to stamp her feet on the ground. If she curves into a U shape and lifts her tail, then you had better get away. If you don`t she can spray her stinky, oily smell over 6 metres. That would have got most of us in the gym. Daisy helps the environment by keeping it clean, and by spreading seeds around. Daisy knocked over a plastic garbage can to get at food. We should always keep our garbage covered, and leave our garbage inside at night time to keep it away from creatures like Daisy.

“So You Think You Are Smarter Than Your Students?”   Kids:3, Teachers: 1

The Quiz Show, by Camryn and Maya

Near the end of the presentation, Emily and Karine held a quiz show called, “So You Think You Are Smarter Than Your Students?”  Mr Forgrave (our teacher) and Mrs. Sprague were the two teachers who were competing against Dylan and Ayden, the two kids. One of the questions was `What kind of device do they use to get information about bats?  The teachers said an echolocation box but it was a Song Recorder.  Mr. Forgrave said that “the third question was hard!” The teachers did a good job, but the kids won! Yay, for the students! Everyone did a great job and they gave the two teachers and the two students pins that said, “I Love Earth Rangers!”  We all had lots of fun and everyone enjoyed it.

Joining Earth Rangers, by Adam, Lewis, and Jake M

Students can go to earthrangers.com to sign up to become an Earth Ranger for free. You will receive an Earth Rangers membership card. By becoming an Earth Ranger, you can learn how to do local projects to help the environment, and you can do fundraising to help save the lives of animals. Go to earthrangers.com and click the `sign up`button and create your account. Do it today!


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