Naturalist Perspectives Assignment 6: Comparisons

Time to see how Site Alpha compares to Sites Alpha (yes, Alpha) and Beta. Please follow the instructions below. Your blog post for this assignment is due by May 1st.

  1. Return to Site Alpha and record your general observations of the area. If you’d like to take photos to post on your blog, that would be great.
  2. Perform an observation transect along the same path (or as close to it as possible) that you conducted your initial Site Alpha observation transect.
  3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 for Site Beta; since you have not been previously asked to perform an observation transect at Site Beta, chose whatever path makes sense in these locations for an observation transect; try to keep your transects the same length. Try to conduct the transects for this assignment as close in time as possible.
  4. Compare the latest Site Alpha transect to the previous Site Alpha transect you conducted. Identify what has changed and what has stayed the same and respond to the following questions:
    • What is the most significant change?
    • Are any of the changes a result of human activity?
    • What might these tell you about what’s happening in Site Alpha?
  5. Compare the observation transects of Sites Alpha and Beta you performed for steps 1 – 3 above. Identify what they have in common and how they differ, then respond to the following questions:
    • Can you create a chart or table that organizes this information?
    • What do you think are the key differences and similarities among these sites?
    • What do those key difference and similarities reflect about the sites?
  6. Summarize your work for steps 1 – 5 in a blog post.
  7. Comment on any blog post written by a classmate.
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