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Thursday, May 5, 2011

GPS Mapping

We're finishing up our culminating projects for the STORMS program so we headed out to the woods to do some GPS mapping of downed trees that had fallen in or over the trails on the island. Seth was armed with his GPS and a smile.
It didn't take long to find a tree down. First, Cody stood and oriented himself toward the tip of the fallen tree and took a compass reading, then he told everyone the degrees and they made waypoints in their GPS: Tree 1-320 for example.
There were no shortage of downed trees across our path, and we only went on two of the many trails here on our island. Suddenly, at the third tree, Cody showed us the compass. The same exact reading. Mr. Finn just smiled. "Those trees probably fell in the same storm." You could have blown us over with a feather. We couldn't believe how incredibly accurate it was. Those trees were like compass needles. So cool!
The bad weather doesn't keep us inside. It's great to get out even if it's drizzling, snowing or foggy.
Because we've all got rubber boots!
The winds were high, waves beautiful.
A sure sign of spring: Skunk Cabbage!!

1 comment:

  1. How amazing, the fallen trees revealed the same reading.
    What is this plant called Skunk Cabbage?? You'll have to forgive me for not knowing, I'm an Australian! It doesn't grow over here so thanks to Google, I've now been educated. It's kind of pretty but I definitely don't want to know what it smells like!