Monday, December 7, 2015

Acadian Flycatchers: Migration Management

  Hello Reader, today I'll be informing you about bird migration, specifically about Acadian Flycatcher's. These beautiful birds are endangered and mainly live in South western Ontario.

Acadian Flycatcher

    For school, we made a bird house to demonstrate our understanding of habitats and ecosystems. I was not as handy as some of the other students but I tried my hardest! We had to research about a bird. I chose the Acadian flycatcher. I learned a lot and had a great experience. 

I really enjoyed this project because I think the Flycatcher would appreciate the house because they are severely affected by deforestation and by giving them a home we are helping them survive. 

  We also need to think of a creative way to  show our understanding. I created a website called Marvellous Migration Management.  Since these birds travel for four months of the year and go to prime vacation areas I thought they could run a business and  they would tell us humans how to travel. Tap the link to check it out. 

Here are my favourite and coolest facts about these birds:

1)  These beautiful birds scientific name is Empidonax Virescens.

2) Their songs sound like pee-tah and flee sing.

3) These birds are excellent fliers are able to fly backwards which is an physical adaptation.

4) They wash themselves differently too! They dive into the water instead of standing in it!

5) Around April and August the male and female and chase each other around the forest until the female rests on a branch. They spend many years together and will come back to the same nest. 

6) Male birds show their territory by singing in breeding season. 

Thank you so much for reading an I hope you learned something new today!

Remember to check out the website to learn for about the Marvellous Migration Management! 

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Hawaiian Monk Seal

   Hello Reader! 

    Seals, Seals, Seals, and more seals. Who doesn't love these blubber covered ocean dwelling friends? They are probably known most by their happy demeanor but you might not have known about all the the different subspecies, so today I going to inform you on the endangered monk seal.

   This seal ( as the name descirbes) lives in the Hawaii specifically on the island of Kauai where you can might see the sun bathing on the beach. Ain't that cute! 

  They were named after monk because they have a fold of skin that looks likes the hood on a monks robe. They are alone for most of their lives. They can live for 25 to 30 years! Woah! 

   Their diet consists fish, cephalopods (like octopods), and crustaceans 

They hunt for these creatures in the coral reefs. Monk seals will dive 250-300 feet to hunt and will stay under for twenty minutes! That's CRAZY! 

  Monk Seals are also very caring mothers and will stay with there pups from five to six weeks. 

They won't eat at all in that time and may loose hundreds of pound!

Even though these fluffy whiskered friends are adorable they are extremely endangered and only have 1100 left! 

That's awful. Thankfully the are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection act. They are endangered from getig caught in fishing nets, beach disturbances, overfishing, sea level rise, canine disease, ocean acidification, invasive species, and hunting.

 Humans are a huge threat to the survival of this species,and even if you live far away, were all connected. It's time to take a stand a help save these incredible seals.

Thank you so much for learning a bit more about the adorable ocean dwelling ear-less seal and now you can spread the message and help save the Hawaiian monk  

Here's a short video from national geographic to tell you a bit more about this adorable seal.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Food Chains, Webs, and Pyramids

       Hello Reader! Last week (as you probably learned from the title) we learned about food chains, webs and pyramid. That lessons was a bit of a review but, it was a great refresher!

  But first, what is a food chain? A food chain is the path by which energy passes from one living thing to another. For example the producers (plants) get their energy from the sun, then the herbivores eat the plants therefore getting energy. Then the omnivores and and carnivores eat the herbivores receiving their energy.

Here's a way to break it down:

Primary Consumers – eat producers
– Secondary Consumers – eat the primary consumers
– Tertiary Consumers – eat the secondary consumers
– Decomposers – bacteria and fungi that break down dead organisms and recycle the material back into the environment

Sometimes it can be so much bigger and become a food web. A food web is when more than one organism is involved the web.

Here's an example of why it is different than a food chain:

The grasshoppers eat the grass the mouse eats the grasshopper, and the owl eats the mouse.

Food Web: The grasshoppers eat the grass, and the mouse eats the grass. The mouse eats eats the grasshopper, and the coyote eats the mouse, and the owl eats the mouse. 

Then the next step to break everything down is a food pyramid.
A food pyramid shows the relationship between consumers and producers at different levels in an ecosystem.

It  shows which level has the most energy and the highest number of organisms.

Thanks for tuning in and I hope you learned something new! Do you have any cool food chain facts, be sure to let me know in the comments below!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sharks. Dun Dun Dun......

        Hello Reader! I'm Maddie and I would like to call myself an activist. It all began a long time ago in the distant past... 2010. I was six years old and even then I loved our oceans and the marine animals, and I went to see the Disney movie Oceans.

   You'll never guess went happened next, I sobbed in that theater. Just image little mini Maddie crying, because I saw how our actions effect our planet. I saw that through pollution, over fishing, agriculture, and global warming our oceans were dying.

That was my revolution. After that day, I did research. Like Nelson Mandela said,

"Knowledge is your most powerful weapon."

Instead of birthday gifts, I asked my guests to donate to foundations and organization (like National Geographic)

Soon after that I decided to face my fear and educate myself on... Sharks! I learned that it was completely illogical to be afraid of this fish. In fact you are more likely to die from taking a selfie. I know, your favourite pass time is more deadly than a shark! Even being attacked by a squirrel is more likely.

We kill over a hundred million sharks a year when they kill seven. We slice off their fins and throw them  back in the ocean to die a very painful death.  I decided that I needed make a change.

Soon, I spoke at my first speaking engagement. It wasn't the best speech I've ever done, but I discovered my passion. I was going to raise awareness to help save our oceans.

I became the international ambassador for Afrioceans Conservation Alliance. This is an organization that help myth bust sharks, helps clean up our oceans and the most important of all educates children on the oceans and sharks.

I want to help kids understand that now matter how old or young you are, you can make a difference. I believe children are not only our future, but our present. Once we find our passion we can start changing the world.  

I believe with every breathe we take, every drop of water we drink, we connected to our oceans.