It is great to see some science in action on site today. Our Bay Naturalists are learning more about the scientific method, and are even conducting (humane) experiments on some of our aquarium animals today! You can run experiments at home too, it all starts with a testable question. Ask a testable question about a pet, plant, family member or object at home. See if you can come up with a way to test your question and, with permission, perform your experiment. If you are studying an animal or plant, make sure that nothing that you are doing in your experiment causes pain or harm. If an animal tries to move away from you, LET IT! An example to try with your pet: Does Fido retrieve a ball more quickly than a stick? An example to try with your family: Can mom or dad taste the difference between tap water and bottled water?
Our Ocean Explorers are out and about today. One group is enjoying a beach day and the other group is on our boat in the Bay. They are each studying different marine habitats: beach, tide pools, dunes and cliffs, versus the bay estuary, the benthos and the water column. How are these habitats connected? How are they the same? How are they different? How do the animals in each habitat compare? By the end of the week our explorers will have seen the answers to many of these questions!