Journal Week 2

October 15, 2020, ink pond at Cornell College, 52 degrees Fahrenheit, breezy, iphone 10.

On Thursday October 15, 2020 I sat for an hour at ink pond at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa to observe the nature and the organisms inside this habitat. Ink pond is a beautiful small pond with plants surrounding the water all the way around. There is a foot bridge to walk across to view the other side of the pond, although hard to get to with large tree branches blocking pathway from derecho storm in August of this year. The pond is a smaller pond at the bottom of the hill from Cornell College that sits on the hilltop. There is a picnic table and other small rocks to sit on while observing the environment. Several different types of trees also surround the pond with several fallen leaves on the ground and in the pond during this fall season.
I saw up to five turtles in the middle of the pond sitting on top of the island in the middle of the pond. I enjoyed watching them swim while poking their head through the water towards this center island. Several would just sit on island and appear to be “soaking up the sun”. As I was sitting on the picnic table observing, I saw several ants crawling across the table. I was intrigued by the ants appearing to be all black and then when zooming in for the picture, I observed there was a unique pattern on its back, sort of black and red stripes. I also observed a wasp exploring the trash underneath my table, once the wasp flew away, I picked up and disposed of trash in garbage bin. Lichen was observed on trees surrounding ink pond as well as several plants such as the American Asters. The weather was chilly but perfect to sit and observe several organisms.

Posted by tknudson21 tknudson21, October 18, 2020 17:09

Observations

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Ground Yellowjackets Genus Vespula

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tknudson21

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October 15, 2020 12:18 PM MDT

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American Asters Genus Symphyotrichum

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tknudson21

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October 15, 2020 12:38 PM MDT
Fungi

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Fungi Including Lichens Kingdom Fungi

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tknudson21

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October 15, 2020 12:37 PM MDT

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Formicine Ants Subfamily Formicinae

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tknudson21

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October 15, 2020 12:22 PM MDT

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Pond and Box Turtles Family Emydidae

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tknudson21

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October 15, 2020 12:21 PM MDT

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