Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Dear Jr. Rangers
I was sitting here making books today when it struck me how very lucky I am in my work, it's something I do with great joy. Every day is a gift and a blessing that is the people with whom I share this work, share the load, the love, the responsibility of protecting this fragile little piece of Nantucket called the UMass, Nantucket Field Station. Dr. Oktay, UMass Boston, and the Nantucket Conservation Foundation all hold your service in the highest regard. Your work has won high praise from the hundreds of people that you've taken for walks on this property. You have my profound thanks and appreciation for a job well done. You are friends and more than that, you are heroes because you did a hard job for the love of the work that needed doing.
Bravo, Jr. Rangers.
Sesarma are a species of crab that are also called the purple marsh crab or marsh crab. They are nocturnal but sometimes will come out at daytime. Like the name suggests they are purple and have a carapace that grows to 1 inch long. Their carapace has a notch that goes along the middle. Their favorite food is marsh grass, which is why they are such a danger. The marsh grass is what is holding the marsh together and if it is eaten it could kill the marsh and the animals in the marsh. They are also known to occasionally prey on fiddler crabs. The marsh crab lives in burrows that they make in the mud of the marsh. One way to tell if there are marsh crabs around is if there is marsh grass missing in certain areas and lots of holes in the mud. The marsh crabs are dangerous because of how they disrupt the ecosystem of the salt marsh by eating at the marsh grass. If the ecosystem is disrupted populations of other animals can rapidly rise and fall. If the natural predators of the marsh crab are preying on it then it will be fine but if the predators are removed by a different animal such as humans the population of the marsh crabs can go out of control and destroy the ecosystem. The marsh crab can help the ecosystem or be a menace to it. If we take care of the ecosystem by limiting hunting and fishing then everything will stay in balance but if we do not limit the killing of animals for sport then we are disturbing the balance of the ecosystem which can have catastrophic results.
Monday, August 25, 2014
sesarma crabs are like any other
except for the fact that they are quite a bugger
munch munch munch they go
eating away the marsh to and fro
borrowing down deep in their holes
tunneling around just like moles
these crabs may seem harmless enough
they aren't really big or buff
but if green crabs aren't around
our beautiful marsh will no longer be found
out they come as the sun goes down
filling the marsh with their own kind of town
these purple creatures get eaten by predators
which for the marsh is better
but if the predators get eaten or die
the marsh will not survive
On my first day as a Jr. Ranger I arrived at 9am. Mom wrote her phone number in my journal in case of an emergency. Then, Claire arrived. After Claire, Anjali and Sonia came.
We all went on a walk with Len. Anjali and Sonia lead the walk. We saw lots of plants and Len helped us identify some of the plants.
After our walk we drew pictures of what we did and funny things. I drew a pictures of my brother Henry eating poison ivy.
After we drew pictures, Len told us to go down to the beach and collect shells.
Len snuck up on us on the beach and looked at the shells.
We went back to the garage and ate snacks. After snacks we went back to the beach to swim.
Our moms came to pick us up at 1 o'clock and we went home.
My first day at the Field Station was awesome.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
THERE ONCE WAS A MAN NAMED LENNY. HE WAS A SCIENTIST
WHO EXPERIMENTED ON CROSS SPECIES GENETICS. LENNY IS ALSO MARRIED TO A SCIENTIST WHO IS A BIOCHEMIST.
HER NAME IS SARAH WHO ALSO iS A VERY GOOD SCIENTIST. SHE ALSO IS THE ONE WHO ALWAYS CLEANS UP WHEN LENNY EXPLODES SOMETHING. NOW THESE SCIENTIST ARE ALSO IN CHARGE OF An ELITE GROUP OF KIDS CALLED THE JR. RANGERS. THE JR. RANGERS ARE THE EXPLORERS AND SOME ARE Scientist's TOO. THEY WORK FOR THEM TESTING, and Exploring THE UNKNOWN LANDSCAPE CALLED THE FIELD STATION. THE FIELD STATION IS PART JUNGLE PART OCEAN WITH MANY PONDS AND ALSO PART MARSH. THIS GROUP HAS SEVERAL LEADERS SUCH AS
BEFORE, LENNY HAD COME UP WITH A FORMULA THAT COULD TURN WASPS INTO GIANT CREATURES OF UNKNOWN POWER,
BUT SADLY THE FORMULA GOT STOLEN BY A EVIL SCIENTIST NAMED SWEDGN COCKERPOODLE. HE TOOK THAT FORMULA BACK TO HIS LAB AND ADDED RADIOACTIVE MATTER WHICH TURNED THESE WASPS INTO GIANT KILLING MACHINES AND THEN HE BRED A SPECIAL KIND OF WASP, WHERE IF A HUMAN WAS STUNG BY ONE AND NOT TREATED IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS THEY WOULD PERISH. THEN HE UNLEASHED THE ARMY ON THE FIELD STATION. THESE WASPS DUG CAR SIZED HOLES IN THE SAND AND ANY CREATURE THAT EVEN CAME CLOSE TO THE HOLE WOULD PROBABLY BE GRABBED AND DRAGGED INTO THE HOLE AND GET EGGS deposited ON THEM.
THE NEXT DAY THE JR. RANGERS SET OUT ON THEIR HUNT TO EXPLORE THE HOLES THAT THE WASPS HAVE DUG. BEFORE THE JR. RANGERS GO, SARAH TELLS THEM SHE HAS SOMETHING THEY WILL NEED ON THE EXPLORATION. SARAH COMES OUT WITH THESE SUPER SUITS THAT CAN WITHSTAND THE WASPS POTENT STING. SHE ALSO OUTFITS THEM WITH TRANQUILIZER PISTOLS THAT CAN SUBDUE THE WASPS LONG ENOUGH TO ESCAPE, THEN THE JR. RANGERS SET OUT TO EXPLORE THE WASP NEST. AT THE FIRST ONE THEY SEE, THERE IS SOMETHING SUSPICIOUS. THERE IS NO WASP GUARDING THE NEST SO THE JR. RANGERS JUST WALK RIGHT IN AND ALL OF A SUDDEN DOZENS OF WASPS COME SWARMING OUT WITH TREMENDOUS FORCE TO ATTACK THE JR. RANGERS AND BY THE TIME THEY WAKE UP THEY ARE ALL IN THE EGG LAYING CHAMBER OF THE NEST WITH EGGS ON TOP OF THEM. THEY SEE THAT LENNY AND SARAH HAVE BEEN TRAPPED TOO SO THEY GET THE EGGS OFF THEMSELVES AND TRY TO GET OUT BUT IT JUST TAKES THEM DEEPER.THEN THEY SEE THAT ALL THE ANIMALS THAT HAVE BEEN STUNG HAVE SUPER SIZE AND THEY SEE THAT THEY ARE IN A CHAMBER FILLED WITH GIANT ANIMALS. THEY REALIZE THAT IT WAS A BIG MISTAKE, BUT WHEN THEY HEAD FOR THE ENTRANCE THEY REALIZE THE ANIMALS HAVE TAKEN THEM HOSTAGE, BUT LUCKILY THE SUPER SUITS HAVE A DRILL. UNFORTUNATELY THE DRILL CAN NOT CUT THROUGH THE SAND WITHOUT IT COLLAPSING IN ON THEM SO THEY GET ANOTHER PLAN TO USE ONE OF THE GIANT ANIMALS TO DIG OUT. THEY GET ON A VOLE AND DIG INTO THE TUNNEL AND THEN THEY SEE THE WASPS ARE WAITING FOR THEM AND START ATTACKING BUT THE JR. RANGERS PULL OUT THEIR TRANQUILIZER GUNS AND TAKE THEM DOWN IN MINUTES.THEY COLLECT PLENTY OF SAMPLES AND GET BACK AND FIND SWEDGN COCKERPOODLE STEALING IMPORTANT DATA THAT THEY RISKED THEIR LIVES FOR. ALL OF A SUDDEN - ROBOTS ATTACK THEM, BUT LUCKILY THE JR. RANGERS AND SCIENTISTS KNOW KARATE AND BEAT THE ROBOTS, BUT SWEDGN COCKERPOODLE HAD ALREADY GOT AWAY. LUCKILY SARAH HAD A ANTI EVIL SERUM THAT CAN TURN SWEDGN COCKERPOODLE GOOD AGAIN SO THEN CAPTAIN RAYMOND TOOK THE SERUM AND PUT IT IN A DART AND GOT SWEDGN COCKERPOODLE AND TURNED HIM BACK TO NORMAL AND THEN THEY USED THE DATA TO DEFEAT THE Giant DEATH WASPS, AND THEY ALL CELEBRATED.