Brooker Creek Entomology Display

E and I, mainly me, have been working for about 8 weeks to make this project some to life. We were offered space to make a display on entomology. The space was HUGE. We were up for the task. I started with soliciting donations and received3 Cornell drawers from Bioquip (2 directly and one form an employee). The University of Florida Dept. Of Entomology reached out with insect donations!

This is what the giant wall looked like before we started.
Stripped down and an empty pallet! Day 1 install. Green paper, some posters and words. Several trips later we finally have a finished product! See the photos below for a more detailed look. 

This was a great opportunity to leave our mark and to teach others about entomology. We look forward to working with the preserve to do some outreach programs.

MarcoInvert Talk at the Extension Office

I put together a program for another 4-H club on water quality and insects. We showed off our insect collections and equipment. We brought in a few samples from  the pond outside. After the educational part we took the kids out to the pond and taught them how to dip net for inverts. We found quite a few rather quickly. The kids analized the water quality based on what insect larva they were able to find. They concluded it was a level 1 or 2 which means that it isn’t that polluted. We found damselyfly larva, dragonfly larva, mosquito larva, snails, crayfish, back swimmers, whirlygig beetles and a few worms. We hope to polish up the program more and offer it at Brooker Creek Preserve in the future. It was a lot of fun!

State Fair, Bows and More

This weekend we went to the Florida State Fair on 4-H day as usual. We arrived early and got our fresh Amish donuts. My tummy was bugging me a little so I only had one. We had a personal tour of the engines area. We learned a lot from the gentleman. Me favorite part of the day is always the insect displays. Eventhough this was an arachnid display for insects, I thought it was hilarious. This was a new way to present the radish seed growing experiment. We picked up some insect drawers that came down from UF and called it a day. I was exhausted.

On Friday we had gone to the archery store to get E a new bow and I found one I liked too! It is an olympic style recurve. It is so much more smooth and easier to shoot than Mom’s bow I have been borrowing. We set up the short range in the yard for a little practice. 4-H has been a lot of fun this year. We kids are doing all sorts of fun topics. M and J taught us how to make sugar scrubs. I loved mixing and making mine. We accidentally left it int he car and it separated so we are waiting for a warm day to melt it and mix it back up.  I am trying to shoot daily with the new bow since we have a tournament coming up in a few weeks.

FJCL Latin Forum – Regionals

Trying something new this year. I signed up for Latin Regionals. I took two tests: phrases, mottoes, quotes and abbreviations and mythology.  The Pledge of Allegiance in Latin. I tried my hand at some of the games too. I enjoyed the discus toss. I made some new friends. I got 3rd in PMAQ.

I have opted to attend FJCL Latin States in a few months. I have to study more for that! I will take the same two exams.

Bat Box for 4-H

One of our club members organized the installation of a bat box at the Ochs Property. We dug a massive hole. Made a trench to help get the pole into place. Final touches on the box. Everything in stalled and hopefully over engineered. Time to put it up! Teacmwork! LIFT! In the ground, hold it steady! D poured the concrete base mix. Hold it for a while! It’s UP! VICTORY!