Posts by George Sly

Critter Corner No. 22 – The Giant Water Bug

  With several thousand acres of shallow water, it should come as no surprise that Goose Pond FWA is home to an abundant, varied, and highly interesting assemblage of aquatic macroinvertebrates. The prefix macro- means big enough to see without a microscope and the suffix invertebrate refers to their lack of a backbone. Hidden from…

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Critter Corner No. 21 – The Red Bat

Critter Corner No. 21 – The Red Bat by George Sly (photo courtesy So. Conn. St. Univ.) A recent presentation on bats to a group of Sullivan Elementary School second graders reminded me that this was a group which has, up until now, been totally neglected in my Critter Corner blogs. Time to remedy that…

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Lesson 3 – Conserving Wetlands and Their Sandhill Cranes

Lesson No. 3 Conserving Wetlands and Their Sandhill Cranes (Marshland Elegy) Target Audience: Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology, and Language Arts students. Objectives: This lesson introduces students to some of the issues surrounding wetland conservation and also gives them an opportunity to learn about the conservation history of the eastern sandhill crane population. It also provides…

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Lesson 4 – Lessons in Biodiversity: the Writings of Aldo Leopold

  Lesson No. 4 Lessons in Biodiversity: the Writings of Aldo Leopold (Thinking Like a Mountain & Escudilla) Target Audiences – Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology, and Language Arts students. Objectives: This lesson is designed to a) supplement discussion and understanding of the concept of biodiversity, b) introduce students to the conservation philosophy of Aldo Leopold,…

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