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Easton Project

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Purpose: Increase the population of endangered Blue Karner Butterflies in Adams co.


Observation: Site visit by U.S Fish and Wildlife and NRCS confirmed the lack of habitat for the endangered Blue Karner Butterfly.



Problem: How does one increase the population of the endangered Blue Karner Butterflies in Adams Co?


Hypothesis: If the students of Adams - Friendship Area Schools, working with the US fish and Wildlife and the NRCS, restore 15 acres of the Easton School Forest, by selective timber reduction and invasive species eradication, then there will be a 90% increase of wildlife including the endangered Blue karner Butterflies.




UNIT One: Selection of Trees  for Thinning

  • Lessons
    •  Tree identification
    •   Mapping of selected area
    •   Select 75% of trees
    •   Selecting clumps of trees to remain
    •   Mark those trees selcted for thinning


UNIT Two: Pre-Data Collection

  • Lessons
    • Current butterfly population
    • All trees, shrubs, pants, flowers, wildlife identified and counted
    • Soil and air temperatures
    • Current ecosystem and how it's similar to a government (Mr. Ebert's 8th science and Mr. Gralapp's 6th social studies)


UNIT Three: Tree Cutting

  • Completed by DNR


UNIT Four: Soil Preperation

  • Tree top raking and soil scraping by DNR



UNIT Five: Seed Selection and dispersal

  • Lessons
    • Collect current data regarding Karner Blue Butterfly Habitat
    • What environment encourages butterfly growth, ie: plants, flowers, habitat
    • Seed selection and
    • Where to disperse of seeds
    • mapping of seeded areas


Data collection in progress:

  • plants, trees, flowers,
  • current butterfly population


Project History

  • Finances
  • Initital photographs
  • pictures of lessons in progress
  • up to date graphs
  • interviews
  • history of idea
  • brochure to chamber of commerce
  • guide to butterfly gardens




Share results:




Mr. Stelter's math group will be in charge of the finances.


Some of the questions needed to be answered.

Transportation costs 

Apprimatley how many trees will be sold.

Approx how tall in the average stand of trees.

Cost to cut timber, haul away.

timber profit

EE budget for 2008-09 school year


Mr. Ebert and Mr. Gralapp will be incharge of ecosystems and Government

Science inquiry of ecosystem and relationship to how a government works







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