Ecology Project Guidelines for Visit 3: Animals

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Now that you have visited your site a few times, you probably have seen evidence of animals living in and/or passing through your site. Now is the time to document these observations more carefully.

To Do

Go to your site one afternoon and plan to hang out for a little while (remember to dress warmly now that fall has fallen and don’t forget to be careful of possible mud — wear sturdy shoes !). As always, tell a parent where you are going and go with your partners. Take close — up photos of all evidence of animal presence. Look for members of the following animal phyla:


Land sites

Aquatic sites

Chordata (backbones)






  • Amphibians - salamanders, frogs
  • Reptiles - e.g. turtles, lizards, snakes
  • Birds
  • Mammals (rodents, cats, coyotes, deer, etc…)

Look for fur, feathers, scat, clawmarks on trees, footprints, etc…

  • Fish



  • sea urchins
  • sea cucumbers
  • sea stars.


snails & slugs

-look for trails too

  • clams, mussels, etc…
  • squid


  • insects
  • arachnids (spiders)
  • crabs, lobster, etc…
  • shrimp
  • barnacles
  • annelida





    • sea anemones
    • jellyfish

    Remember that many small creepie-crawlies, and even salamanders, like to hang out in dark, moist places so don’t forget to look there. It is also important to sit quietly for a bit too and wait to see if anything interesting comes by (or flies by!). You may have to lift up some leaf litter to find insects.

    Animal guides will be on reserve in the library. Be sure to collect as much data as you can so that your classification will be as accurate as possible.

    Due on Tuesday 12/10:


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