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 2014/15 Gordon Terrace Elementary
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By: SMW (offline) on Monday, May 04 2015 @ 12:30 AM EDT  
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This little guy was at the side of the trail near Pyatt Lake as the Outdoor Club began its outing.
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The wild flowers were spectacular.
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Soon we were climbing through the forest away from the lake.


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By: SMW (offline) on Monday, May 04 2015 @ 12:36 AM EDT  
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A welcome snack break near the top of the hill
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Then a chance to check out our sense of balance!
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Then more trails to follow and more bike jumps to explore!!


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By: SMW (offline) on Friday, May 08 2015 @ 09:46 AM EDT  
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This week's Outdoor Club hike was to Eager Hill in the Community Forest.
The balsam root are spectacular right now covering the hillside in a sea of yellow.
The view from the lookout across the Rocky Mountain Trench to the Rockies was worth the climb.
The walk through the trees provided welcome shade on a warm afternoon.
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By: SMW (offline) on Sunday, May 10 2015 @ 01:05 AM EDT  
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Turtles at Campbell Myer, a lake past Ft. Steele heading towards Wasa
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By: SMW (offline) on Tuesday, May 12 2015 @ 10:49 PM EDT  
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Turtle Day at Elizabeth Lake
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The temperature of the sand helps determine the sex of the baby turtle.
Warm sand results in a female,
While cooler sand results in a male.
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This baby hatched today.
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The Alaskan Grizzly has huge jaws!!


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By: SMW (offline) on Tuesday, May 12 2015 @ 10:53 PM EDT  
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Dipnetting is always popular,
Especially when someone catches a ......
LEECH!!!!
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Was this snail eating the leech,
Or was it the other way round???
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This dragonfly nymph will crawl up a cattail stalk,
Then slowly emerge from its old exoskeleton,
As a dragonfly,
Ready to fly off,
When its wings are dry............


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By: SMW (offline) on Thursday, May 21 2015 @ 11:35 PM EDT  
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The last outing of the year for the Outdoor Club was an interesting hike to Potato Butte to check out the bluebird boxes. Some were empty. One was lined with feathers, which means it's probably the nest of a tree swallow.
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This nest belonging to a mountain bluebird has three eggs but we learned that the female usually lays five or six. She will probably lay one a day for the next two or three days.
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Four mountain bluebird chicks have already hatched. The other two will probably hatch very soon!


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By: SMW (offline) on Friday, May 22 2015 @ 08:11 PM EDT  
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An interesting day when one of our classmates brought in a bird's nest with the skeleton of a baby bird no bigger than a loonie. The nest was lined with feathers. Mr. Wilson told us how the Outdoor Club had checked out bluebird boxes the previous afternoon. We learned that bluebirds usually line their nests with grass while tree swallows will use feathers for insulation. He wondered if this was a tree swallow chick that hadn't survived?
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One of our classmates is fortunate enough to have a hummingbird nesting outside the family garage, where it has
built a nest for the past three years.
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The eggs are smaller than a dime and should hatch in about another two weeks. We'll be watching!!


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