Old Man's Beard - The scientific name for this is Usnea. It is a lichen and in the family Parmeliaceae. This is a funny plant because it looks just like an old man's beard.
American Alligator- I never knew the real name of the alligator was the American Alligator. These alligators can be as long as 15 feet and weigh up to 1,000 pounds. A good way to judge the length of an alligator is by looking at the length of its eyes to its nose. This measure in inches is roughly the length of the alligator in feet.
Slash Pine- The scientific name for slash pine is Pinus elliottii. Slash pine can be found on the East coast of the U.S. up to NC. They grow fast and can live up to 200 years old. The trunks of the trees look like someone slashed the entire tree.
Black Mangrove- Black black checkerboard back. This is how I can spot black mangrove from the other types. This mangrove grows on both coasts and although we saw shorter mangroves, it can grow up to 50 feet. It's bark contains tannin and can be used to tan leather.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Colloquium was a much better class than I was expecting. Initially, I was dreading this class because of all the negativity I heard about the class. However, it was a great class for many reasons. First, it was a nice stress reliever for me. This semester I was taking 4 classes and doing an internship. I had two senior capstone classes that were all group work and required a lot of my time so it was nice to relax in a slower paced class. Second, the field trips were great. I hadn't been on a field trip in 5 years so it was nice to go on four this semester. Plus, I have only been in Florida for not even two years so I didn't know much about Florida's environment. I learned a lot about the history, plants and animals of Florida. Third, the professor was passionate about the subject which made the class a lot of fun to attend. Every class was fun and I knew I was going to learn something new. Professor Borden was a joy in the class and on the field trips and made sure there was never a dull moment. Fourth, I met a lot of good people in that class and made a few friends. The entire class came together and connected with each other. It felt like a small family in the class as everyone was comfortable speaking in front of the class. Lastly, colloquium allowed me to write again about subjects that weren't boring. The papers reminded me that I am actually a good writer when I write about interesting topics. Also, A Land Remembered was a great book. It kept me entertained and it was a nice escape from boring textbooks. This class was easily one of my favorite classes at FGCU.
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