Waterville Projects 2006
Horny Toads in Madison, Wisconsin
By: Jessica and Janelle
Janelle M., Jessica D., and C.J M. were excited to fly to Madison, Wisconsin with Mrs. Petersen and Karen Dvornich to present at the National Wildlife Conference at Monona Terrace, a building designed by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
They were met there by Jessica's parents and CJ's dad who flew in to see the wonderful presentation. Just before the presentation started Janelle was surprised by her grandparents.
The Waterville School studied about what a Horny Toad's life is like: food, habitat, and what they do in each time of day.
Janelle talked about the technology. The way we involve the technology is by using the computer programs like Arc view and Excel. We plot points in Arcview and then, in Excel we put the township, range, and section, and other detailed information about each sighting.
Jessica talked about field work. The field work involves tracking; the tools involved are the GPS, R1000 telemetry receiver and the transmitter. To use the transmitter you have to glue it on the horny toad with silicon glue. Then when the glue is dry we put the horny toads back in the place in the field where we found them and on the following days we go out and use the R1000 to track them down. When the beeps on the R1000 are faint, it means we are far away and if it was loud, that means we were very close.
CJ talked about the Horny toad habitats: Scab patch, fallow field, growing wheat, and hedgerows and creek beds. A PowerPoint presentation was used to enhance the speakers' information.
Mrs. Petersen and CJ headed home after the presentation, but Jessica and Janelle stayed with family for 3 days so they could take part in the conference poster session. They stood by their large project poster and answered questions of other conference participants.
Madison was great!