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Additional Assignment Short Descriptions: This page explains the assignments in brief so that you may choose which you would like to do.  Let me know what you intend to do as soon as you have decided.  I may expand this list later so there is no need to select all of your assignments right away.  Assignments are worth a total of 25 points each.  Some activities have extra credit points. 

 

Elk Trip Drive to the Jewell meadows (roughly an hour west of Portland) and view the winter herd of elk.  This assignment is worth 30 points (5 points extra credit plus the normal 25).

1.      Visit the web site for information and directions: Jewell

2.      There are several parking areasóif you donít see the elk in the first area drive to the others.

3.      Sometimes the elk are in fields off of Beneke Creek Road.  Drive north on Beneke Creek Road where Beneke Creek Road crosses highway 202.

4.      Bring a camera and take a picture of yourself at the elk fields so I can verify your visit. (15 pts)

5.      Make a normal field log entry. 

6.      Add to your field log two interesting things you learned about the elk (from the information at Jewell Meadows or other sourcesónot from our book, please) (10)

7.      Turn your field log in to me for grading. (5)

 

Brent Nixon: Sea Otters, Seals and Sea Lions DVD This DVD is on reserve in the library.  It is a recording of a presentation made by a biologist to an Alaskan Cruise audience.  Brent Nixon is a little breathless in his presentation but aside from that, the details about these animals are fascinating and his presentation is captivating.

1.      Iíve placed a video on reserve at the library.  Go to the viewing room in the library and watch the video.

2.      There are two sections that you need to watch: Sea Otters, and Seals and Sea Lions.

3.      Take notes on the video as you would take notes in class.  Turn your notes in to me for grading. 

4.      Points will be awarded based on the accuracy and detail of your notes.

 

David Attenboroughís Video Watch two sections of a video on reserve at the library.

1.                  Iíve placed a video on reserve at the library.  Go to the viewing room in the library and watch the video.

2.                  There are two sections that you need to watch: The rise of Mammals, The Marsupials.

3.                  Take notes on the video as you would take notes in class.  Turn your notes in to me for grading. 

4.                  Points will be awarded based on the accuracy and detail of your notes.

 

Sea Lion and Seals Trip  Drive to the coast and see seals or sea lions. This assignment is worth 30 points (5 points extra credit plus the normal 25).

 

1.                  On the north Oregon Coast sea lions will congregate on the docks.  Drive to one of the towns to see, photograph and identify the sea lions (occasionally seals).  Pier 39 in Astoria is one of many places to see them.

2.                  Bring a camera and take a picture of the sea lions and you at the docks so I can verify your visit.  (15 pts)

3.                  Make a normal field log entry. 

4.                  Add to your field log two interesting things you learned about the animals you saw (from any sources other than our book, please) (10 pts)

5.                  Turn your field log in to me for grading. (5)

 

White-tailed deer at Julia Butler Hansen Refuge This assignment is worth 30 points (5 points extra credit plus the normal 25).

 

1.                  Drive to the Julia Butler Hansen National Wildlife Refuge

2.                  Bring a camera and take a picture of you at the refuge so I can verify your visit. (15 pts)

3.                  Make a normal field log entry. 

4.                  Include in your field log two interesting things you learned about the endangered  Columbia white-tailed deer (from any sources other than our book, please) (10 pts)

5.                  Turn your field log in to me for grading. (5)

 

Lecture Approved By Mr. Clark Attend a lecture that I have approved. This assignment is worth 30 points (5 points extra credit plus the normal 25).

 

  1. Take notes at the lecture just as you would in class.  Turn your notes in for grading.
  2. Take a picture of yourself at the lecture hall so I can see that you were there.
  3. Points will be awarded based on the accuracy and detail of your notes.
  4. Possible Lectures:

     

Article: Raising the Dead  This article is on my website or you may read it in the May-June 2002 Audubon magazine.  The article discusses the issues involved in cloning extinct animals.

1.                  Read the article.  Raising the Dead and Tasmanian Wolf (Raising the Dead) Pictures Read the article online and see the 10 pictures.

2.                  Type a half to full page summary of the article and give it to me for 15 points.  I am interested in both the information presented by the expert (the author or the person in the video etc.) but Iím also interested in your opinion.  As you write your summary, be sure to share your opinion as well as that of the expertís.

 3.                  At the end of class (you and I can decide which class) take a quiz (4 or 5 questions) about the article for 10 points.

 

Article: A Fist in the Eye of God  This article is on my website or you may read it in the Aug-Sept 2002 Mother Earth News magazine.  This article discusses genetic engineering (manipulating genes for benefit to humans) but also emphasizes the benefits of natural relationships between animals and plants.

1.      Read the article.  Barbara Kingsolver on Genetic Engineering, A Fist in the Eye of God

2.      Type a half to full page summary of the article and give it to me for 15 points.  I am interested in both the information presented by the expert (the author or the person in the video etc.) but Iím also interested in your opinion.  As you write your summary, be sure to share your opinion as well as that of the expertís.

3.      At the end of class (you and I can decide which class) take a quiz (4 or 5 questions) about the article for 10 points.

 

Make a bat house Using plans provided by Mr. Clark, begin constructing a bat house.  Points will be awarded for progress made and for avoiding the pitfalls that will cause bats not to use your bat house (those pitfalls will be avoided by carefully following the instructions).  Students must bring the bat house to me for grading.  Novice woodworkers can earn 20-25 points for thisóyou need not be experienced.

 

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