On the 15th of July Grade 5/6A went to Lake Ranfurly and did some quadrant sampling on shrubs and plants to see what may affect them or if they are struggling to survive or healthier near the water or on land.
My group discovered that there are two different kinds of pig face and that near the water the plants were much smaller thAn what they were up on dry land. We also discovered that there were more pig face when near the water and that they also changed colour when they got closer to the water, they turned orange! Why? How?
We found that the succulents were in the middle of the water and dry land! The succulents are full of fresh water so if you get stuck in the scrub [bush] they will help you survive! COOL!
We thought that one of the things that would effect the other plants was fungi. There there was all sorts of fungi but I’m not sure what kinds they were. There was fungi on trees, on the ground ..EVERYWHERE! There was lots of colors and types of fungi.
Pig face covered the ground as we got closer to the lake.
There were so many plants to look at, some of the plants we did look at were pig face,blue bush,glass wort and a salt bush. As we were looking at the plants we were collecting heaps of data to take back to Cath for the Mildura Rural City Council. We also found lots of wire and old bits of tin stopping the plants from growing. But most of the plants looked healthy and happy!
When we went to Lake Ranfurly we found lots of plants and we found tracks of a kangaroo; tracks that were pretty fresh too. We found lots of plants like: pig face, glasswort and spiky reeds. We were looking to see what might kill the plants. We found that animals, humans and salt could affect the growth of the plants.
I heard the bus stopping and the tyres screeching when we got to Lake Ranfurly. So we all got off the bus and put on a yellow security vest then walked to the spot where we got our clipboards. Then we had to write down all the things we saw affecting the plants. We found lots of bones from dead animals like rabbits, goats and dingos. And when we walked closer towards Lake Ranfurly the mud got softer then we started heading back to the bus. So we hopped in the bus and drove back to school.