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Welcome back

We are back in full swing here at YHS.  The YHS chapter of the Science NHS has started up again for our 3rd year of being science enthusiasts.  This year we are looking to continue our work with science outreach in our community by assisting at elementary schools as well as communicating with local scientists.  Students are also participating in their own science by doing citizen science projects.  Posts for these will start back up soon.

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Eric, Christian, Marlene, Erick, Kiara, and Jasmin getting ready to collect trash

Already this year we have worked with community partners.  On September 17th, members of the YHS chapter of Science NHS traveled down to the Rio Salado Audubon Center in central Phoenix to pick up trash.  The Rio Salado is a conservation center in the heart of the city that services as both nature trails and a riparian habitat for many species, including monarch butterflies.  This area also has a large seasonal river, where trash often accumulates after the monsoon rains.  Every third Saturday, Arizona Audubon hosts a conservation day at the Rio Salado site.  The September conservation day was to walk along the now dry river bed and pick up trash.

Students from YHS walked along the dried river bed to pick up plastic bottles, Styrofoam cups, and aluminum cans, among other things, in order to protect that fragile riparian habitat for wildlife and people to enjoy.  While difficult work, the students enjoyed the fact that they were helping out our local ecosystems.

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Eric and Jacob picking up trash in the Rio Salado

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Natural Area

Christian Garcia

Community Outreach Summary

The community outreach project I did was to help maintain natural area in Arizona for all types of animals, such as: birds, snakes, rabbits, ect. While there, I planted more plants and removed nonnative plants from the area, which was more beneficial to the wild life there. I joined this project, because it seemed very interesting and I wanted to see an all-natural area that was right next to phoenix. This helped the community a lot, because it gives animals a place to live, allowing the species there to thrive. Learning more science is important, because we will have more knowledge about the world and how things work in the world. After completing my part in the project I felt great, I was glad to know that I was able to help out at a rare site in Arizona.

Cleaning Habitats

Zach Blowers

I and a few others joined a larger organization to restore a “forced habitat”. The habitat was full of invasive species that were destroying the habitat and they all needed to be removed. I joined the project because I enjoy cleaning up habitats and helping the smaller ecosystems that are vital to the larger ecosystem. The smaller ecosystem was full of animals and insects and plants that are extremely beneficial the environment. Without the smaller ecosystem, the environment would have changed. Learning about science is important because everything we have learned and created has been through science. If it weren’t for science, we would not be as far advanced in medicine, technology, and education. I feel incredibly good about completing my part, as it is something I enjoy doing.

Riparian Habitats

Ashley Porter

For my community project, I accompanied Ms. Doskocil and a number of others on a trip to the Rio Salado Riparian area.  For this project, we helped pull invasive species, like buffalo grass, out of this beautiful riparian habitat.  Buffalo grass grows rapidly, and crowds native plants, stealing the native plants water and nutrients.

I joined this project to learn more about riparian habitats, and to be more aware of the beauty hidden with in Arizona’s desert walls.

Removing these invasive species helped my community by saving the native plants, and preserving the habitat.  I’m glad I participated, and feel great doing so, because those plants can’t save themselves, and it is necessary to preserve the life within these riparian habitats.

Pulling up bushes

Derric Nguyen
SNHS
12/16/14

Community Science Project

The project I was apart was the habitat restoration community project. I forgot where we went, but to sum up the area we were working in, it was a field that needed working on, and there were many things needed to be done. For example, some people were taking apart some plants by pulling off the stems of these plants, some were just bagging the dead plants, and the rest were pulling out weeds. I was in the team pulling the plants out of the ground, (I forgot the name of this bush) but they varied in size, some were the size of weeds, and some were the size of bushes. I chose this project because I’ve always done lawn work, and I’m used to physical labor, so I thought this would be a good and easy way to help my community. After we were done helping, I felt like I actually made a positive impact to my community and that we can really make a change as long as we all can work together as a team.

Habitat Restoration

Derric Nguyen
SNHS
12/16/14
Community Science Project

The project I was apart was the habitat restoration community project. I forgot where we went, but to sum up the area we were working in, it was a field that needed working on, and there were many things needed to be done. For example, some people were taking apart some plants by pulling off the stems of these plants, some were just bagging the dead plants, and the rest were pulling out weeds. I was in the team pulling the plants out of the ground, (I forgot the name of this bush) but they varied in size, some were the size of weeds, and some were the size of bushes. I chose this project because I’ve always done lawn work, and I’m used to physical labor, so I thought this would be a good and easy way to help my community. After we were done helping, I felt like I actually made a positive impact to my community and that we can really make a change as long as we all can work together as a team.

Community Outrearch

Sophie Thomas
Class of 2016
YHS
November 8th, 2014

Habitats are very important to sustain life everywhere.  whether they house reptiles, mammals, insects, or even the monarch butterfly, they serve their purpose.  Yet, without the occasional help of people who car, those necessary habitats can be overtaken by meddlesome species of plants or animals.

A small group of members from the YHS SNHS took a trip to Rio Salado Habitat Rehabilitation.  Shortly after our arrival, we were broken up into groups to take on different tasks to aid the habitat in its survival.

My group was tasked with the job of ridding the park of blue buffalo grass.  These species of plant are easily spread among the area by simple means such as wind or storms.  They have a head of small seeds that can easily be dispersed among the soil.

Once the seeds settle, they soak up water, taking it away from the surrounding.  This causes the other plants to slowly die.  As the grass grows, it often entangles itself in other plants, making it hard for those plants to grow.  Without the good plants, the poor monarch butterflies would have no where else to rest on their long migrations from one place to another.

Although it took a large ride to the park, and a lot of hard work, in the end, the most important part was saving the habitat for all the creatures who call it home, especially the majestic monarch butterfly