by Aliya Flores
An ecologist is someone who studies the interactions of animals, plants and people and the environment in which they live. Ecologists ask questions like, how do populations vary; how do they fluctuate and what forces make populations go up and down? They also ask, how do different species interact with one another; what species eat each other and which species provide habitat for other species? They ask, how does the natural world interact as whole systems of organisms? Ecologists can work for environmental organizations like the Nature Conservancy. They can work for the government, museums, zoos and aquariums. Ecologists may include farmers, permaculturists, artists, marine biologists, photographers, community organizers and teachers. An ecologist can be someone in any profession who cares deeply about how to be beneficial to the environment. What's cool about ecologist is that they often get to work outdoors. One of my favorite ecologists I know is my dad because as a landscaper and gardener he has planted thousands of plants. He recycles, reuses and does not use chemicals.
Why Roger Herrera Tapia is an Ecologist
by Eli Katz
Roger is someone who comes to our school and teaches us about water conservation. He is an ecologist because he is an activist in our region of Baja, working to conserve clean water. He works for an organization called Water Keepers. He studies the water mantle and educates about how trash pollutes teh water table. He teaches students like us about water conservation and about recycling. In his own life, Roger recycles at home; he picks up trash; and he conserves water, using as little as possible. He wants people to use less water in general. These actions make Roger an ecologist.
by Sebastian Kar, 7th grader
On Friday, January 29th 2016, international French photographer and ecologist, Claude Vogel, visited the Sierra School ecology class. Vogel showed books of his photographs of special places that should be protected in the Baja, like the Sea of Cortez. Vogel also shared his vision of Baja, which is to protect animals and plants, dolphins, whales and trees. Vogel expressed his ideas as an ecologist. He takes pictures of the world around us, using his images to tell people to keep the world pure, beautiful and wild. Sierra School students spent the class time looking at and discussing Vogel's photographs of the Baja. Most importantly, we learned how Vogel is an ecologist. He said he is an ecologist not only because he sorts his trash and recycles. He is an ecologist because he takes pictures to show people the beauty of protecting species, habitats and places in this region of Mexico.
Faith Jacobs and Ana-Sofia Gallardo Herreros, 7th graders
On the 20th of January 2016, Sierra School students made an organic, mixed salad from our school's garden. After all of our cleaning jobs for student labor were finished on a Tuesday morning, everyone helped with picking organic greens from our garden. As half of the students sorted the vegetables, the other half worked on bilingual labels so that we could identify and appreciate all the veggies we are growing. Molly Lou took pictures. Then we began washing the vegetables. Eli, Aliya and I washed the vegetables while other students chopped the vegetables into a chiffonade. Next, we chopped apples, cucumber and tomatoes. We also grated carrots and minced rosemary. To assemble the salad, we first put all the vegetables into a bowl. We were proud to harvest: spinach, collard, bok choy, red and yellow chard, thai basil, escarole, beet greens, Russian red kale, dinosaur kale, watercress and chicory. Then, we added the carrots, apples, tomatoes, grated cheese and sprinkled green pumpkin seeds and rosemary on the top. We enjoyed the salad at shared lunch. Several students brought various salad dressings. The salad was delicious and I hope to make it again.
Students and teachers edited this blog since January of 2018.