October 24, 2022

Nature Walk- Ants

It was August 12, 2022, I went outside with the rest of my class to walk around the school to look for birds, insects, and plants. The warmth of the sun beat down on my back and neck as I strolled across the cement flooring beneath my feet. On our walk, we passed the bushes that lined the walls of the school. We tasted the rosemary bushes; its minty taste melted on my tounge and smelled the floral scent of its leaves. A singular bus rumbled in the parking lot and the loud voice of my companion was on my side. We chatted about the birds

We trampled along on all types of flooring: dirt, cement, and sand as I hunted for those 4 different species. The first thing I spotted was a cowering spider. It was cornered by the foot of my many classmates and the school entrance. Second, I observed a roadrunner but it scampered away with its feet hitting on the cement with this clacking noise. The third species I noticed would be these two birds that seemed to flock together; I wonder if they were best friends of sorts. The two squaked at each other.

My favorite and the one I saved for last was these groups of ants. They were consuming what I thought was a grilled cheese sandwich. However, the cheese did not look melted. They worked as a group to devour the once food of humans. So as I stared at them I pondered how such animals live a fulfilling life in this wasteland.

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September 29, 2022

Rocky Mountain Elk

It was sunny that day; the sun beat down on our necks and beaded us with sweat. The guardians of our group heaved as we approached the car. We had been hiking for the past four hours and now we would return home after a five-hour drive. As we praised the cold air of my cousin’s rental, the car ignition started.
I twiddle with my phone going through various apps before stopping on the radio mainly circling around the Crane Wives; the smooth chorus voice of the singer soothed me into a daze-like state. Before abruptly being halted. My father slapped the junction between my knee and thigh to get my attention. He yelp, “Elk!” I fumbled for the phone that laid adrift in my hands and scrambled to get a photo of the Rocky Mountain Elks for my iNaturalist Project.
While doing my research, I learned that elks are commonly associated with traits like antlers and alternate colors of brown fur. They have other features like Tetrapoda (four-legged animal): long thin legs, and hooves.
I could easily find my species of elk by specifically searching for the elks at The Grand Canyon. It was the Rocky Mountain Elk, or its scientific name Cervus Elaphus Nelsoni. This made tracking down the other questions quite easy and had my work done in a matter of minutes. I could say that unlike most of the photos I saw of the other Mountain Elks; mine was very bright orange.

“Elk Facts for Kids - NatureMapping.” Nature Mapping, http://naturemappingfoundation.org/natmap/facts/elk_k6.html. Accessed 22 September 2022.
“Home.” YouTube, 5 December 2018, https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/135670975. Accessed 22 September 2022.
“Mammals - Grand Canyon National Park (U.S.” National Park Service, 27 July 2018, https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/nature/mammals.htm. Accessed 22 September 2022.
“Rocky Mountain elk.” Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, https://myodfw.com/big-game-hunting/species/rocky-mountain-elk. Accessed 22 September 2022.
“Rocky Mountain Elk (Cervus canadensis nelsoni) | Idaho.” Idaho Fish and Game, https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/80638. Accessed 22 September 2022.

Identify the North American Elk

1a. It is located in the east…………………………………………...………………...….Go to number 2.
1b. It is located in the west………………………………...…...….……………………...Go to number 3.
2a. It has the largest antler…………………………….....…………...It belongs to Rocky Mountain Elk.
2b. It has the smallest antler……………………………...…………………….…...It belongs to Tule Elk.
3a. It has the smallest body mass…….…………………………….....……..It belongs to Manitoban Elk.
3b. It has the largest body mass………………………...……………………..It belongs to Roosevelt Elk.

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