Grade 6 Students Do Their Part to Control Invasive Species
Breaking News! Students in Grade 6 have been fighting back against the invasive plant species Phragmites. European Phragmites have been here for a number of years and are threatening the native plants in our wetlands. This reed is especially dangerous as it releases toxins into the soil and prevents other native plants from growing, causing a lot of damage. It is hard to control them because the seeds spread so easily.
In our Science unit on biodiversity we have learned that invasive species are dangerous because they can cause a lot of damage to the environment. Being non-native, phragmites have no natural enemies. In order to prevent their spread, we cut down the stalks and removed the seed pods carefully to prevent any being released and disposed of. We were careful about moving them around to prevent the seed heads from accidentally spreading. It was satisfying to cut them and a lot of students liked jumping on the stalks.
The Grade 6s had a fun time while removing the stalks and felt good about the contribution they were making toward protecting the biodiversity of our back 40. The students did a great job of taking on this challenge!
CDS wishes to recognize and acknowledge the land on which the school operates. For thousands of years, these have been the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We also recognize the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee peoples who also shared this land. CDS respects the relationship with these lands and recognizes that our connection can be strengthened by our continued relationship with all First Nations, by acknowledging our shared responsibility to respect and care for these lands and waters for future generations.
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