So it was quite the event on the weekend, as the Biology Dept. celebrated their 6th annual World Oceans Day event. Here are some of the highlights…
The displays included touch-tanks with different species of live sea anemones.
A sea weed station where algae reproduction was demonstrated.
And a marine microorganism station, where microscopic phytoplankton and zooplankton could be viewed.
Among the stations with live critters, there were various species of sea star and sea urchins. Children learned about echinoderms, locomotion, habitat and behaviour.
Making trilobite and ammonite fossil prints on clay, was one of the many popular stations to visit.
The green crabs station where kids were able to hold the crabs, learn about the invasive species, their anatomy and geographic distribution.
This year we also had a Blubber experiment station where kids learned how arctic animals stay warm.
A plankton race station, where the public participated in making their own plankton then racing it down the water column for a chance to win prizes from the sustainability station (see the winners list below).
The sustainability station which included alternatives to plastic items donated by local businesses was a great addition to the event. The goal was to promote the reduction of plastics use.
Also new, learning how to make nautical and Daisy chain knots.
The dogfish station educated the public about the anatomy, behaviour and location of this fascinating animal.
The Nutrition Dept. volunteers educated the public on sustainable foods and healthy eating habits.
The face painting and henna stations were very popular, as always.
The craft stations were busy throughout the event. This year’s features were salt water raised paintings and Gyotaku fish prints.
The Atlantis photo booth was a pleasant surprise for all DC Aquaman fans.
And finally various local organizations were present to promote healthy oceans and the important work they do for our community.
I would like to thank the following local businesses who donated sustainable items for the plankton race draw:
The Posh Peppermint Home & Gifts
Kent Business Supplies Antigonish
Canadian Tire Antigonish
The Plum Tree Gift Shoppe
Nova Scotia Salmon Association (NSSA)
Nova Scotia Fisherman
And congratulations to the winners of the Plancton Race draw!
You have until Friday 12:00pm to pick up your prize from the Biology dept. at StFX, J. Bruce brown building, main office (open 8:00am-3:30pm). Winners will be posted on the Country Parent Facebook page and contacted by telephone.
Heidi MacGillivray – Canadian Tire Greenlid compost bin starter kit
Cheri van den Heuvel – Canadian Tire reusable straws
Tarampreet Kaur – NSSA ball cap
Ryan Shurman – NSSA ball cap
Clara – NSSA ball cap
Elias van den Heuvel – NSSA ball cap
Simon MacDonald – reusable stainless steel straws from the Posh Peppermint Home & Gifts
Kelly Young – nautical pattern paper straws from the Posh Peppermint Home & Gifts
Damon & Liam (Erica Barker) – reusable food wraps from the Posh Peppermint Home & Gifts
Felix Coady – reusable produce bags from the Posh Peppermint Home & Gifts
Lisa Jackman – NS Fisherman’s lip balm
Jesse – NS Fisherman’s soap
Lindsey Bennet – Swedish dishcloths from the Plum Tree Gift Shoppe
Chloe Christensen – reusable shopping bag from the Plum Tree Gift Shoppe
Devin Garvie – reusable shopping bag from the Plum Tree Gift Shoppe
Austin Smith – Grill scraper from Kent Building Supplies
Nahla MacAdam – Grill scraper from Kent Building Supplies
Anna Mae – Grill scraper from Kent Building Supplies
Heni Sampson – Grill scraper from Kent Building Supplies
Charlie Overmars – Grill scraper from Kent Building Supplies
Molly van den Heuvel – Grill scraper from Kent Building Supplies
Megan Lukeman – Grill scraper from Kent Building Supplies
Rachel Jackman – Grill scraper from Kent Building Supplies
Carson Garvie – Grill scraper from Kent Building Supplies
Bentley – Grill scraper from Kent Building Supplies
Sawyer Coady – Grill scraper from Kent Building Supplies
Jeanette MacMillan – Grill scraper from Kent Building Supplies
A huge Thank You to all the volunteers without whom this annual event would not be possible!
Katelyn MacNeil, Leah Rogers, Maryann Burbidge, Moira Galway, Lori Graham, Russell Wyeth, Jen van den Heuvel, Michelle Hodgson, Jayden Marion, Carmen Ucciferri, Madeline McDonald, Megan Davies, Meaghan MacDonald, Kayleigh Trenholm, Jessica Swinkels, Matthew Freeman, Arkadiy Reunov, Randy Lauff, Ella Maltby, David Garbary, Grace Moffat, Lauren Sobot, Areej Alansari, Chris Marchand, Randy Lauff, Melissa Howse, Megan MacGillivray, Seta Douglas, Shannyn Burke, Angus Ryan, Marley Ryan, James, Bethen and Alyssa.
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