Tuesday, July 12, 2016

tardigrades and moss


It started with an article in a magazine I picked up at the library. It was about tardigrades, micro-critters who live in lichen or moss worldwide. They are cute, at 1 mm fully grown they are visible under a microscope and virtually indestructable. 
Moss was collected from everywhere we went. There are moss gardens, microscopes and various mossy habitats in many corners of the house. We've been investigating moss in different locations and the other life it sustains and have found the coolest microlife wiggling away in water from moss patches. It's like another world. 
There's art inspired by looking at moss under the microscope on the wall and specimens in petrie dishes all over the kitchen bench. I love it. 
Science in action. 
We are yet to find a tardigrade, but we're enjoying the journey.



4 comments:

  1. Hi there :) Have you heard of the band Mr Roberelli? On their first Cd they have a song dedicated to tardigrades! I am homeschooling too and love your blog thanks :)
    Kathy

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    1. Hi Kathy. Yes! I know Mr Roberelli...I see him around all the time actually. Thanks for the heads up about his tardigrade song, that's fab! And thanks for the feedback ... nice to have you here!

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