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.
- 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.
- Perform an observation transect along the same path (or as close to it as possible) that you conducted your initial Site Alpha observation transect.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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?
- Summarize your work for steps 1 – 5 in a blog post.
- Comment on any blog post written by a classmate.