We built a habitat with a variety of abiotic and biotic components. We will be coming up with some "testable" questions (a question that our experiment should be able to answer) to ask and then design our experiments/observations to try to answer the question. The big question that Maggie asked was...
There are 3 sections.
1. On the left there is a section that has soil, compost, worms, logs with moss, a small water dish, a large green serpentine rock, and a stick.
2. In the middle, the section is half sand (in the front) and half soil (in the back). A tub was dug into the sand and filled with bran and chicken food. We transferred mealworms into this tub and added an apple for moisture. A cactus was planted, and rocks and pebbles were also added. We also put about 2 dozen crickets along with the gray tree frog, which took up residence on the duct tape in the back, camouflaging itself against the gray background.
3. The third section on the right is a small pond with large pebbles and rocks stacked at various heights, a water filter and water. We added 2 baby snapping turtles and 2 minnows, and 2 large spoonfuls of black worms. We also added fish flakes, algae pellets and some cooked squash to the pond. A heat/UV lamp was added as well.
Two other aquarium tanks are in our room. One is for the extra blackworms, minnows and leeches. The other is to grow more mealworms. These will be used to keep and raise food for our frog and turtles if any in the model habitat need replenishing.