Insect catching research
We did a research about which insects live in eastern Finland. Unfortunately our research took more time that we thought and we managed to finish the research in the winter, so our results are not so accurate.
We started by digging holes with a core drill self-made at our school. In the holes we put non-returnable plastic bottles that we had cut in half in the middle and filled them with water. The idea was that all-kind of insects and small ground mammals would walk into the bottle trap and get trapped. We had to wait for a month and then check if there were creatures trapped in them, after that we went to the Insect research lab in the University of Joensuu.
There was a professor who was specialized in insects, mainly beetles. He told us that the insects we had caught were spider nymphs, the exact species couldn’t be recognised, because they were damaged from the defrosting we had to do. He also showed us some rare beetles that live in Finland.
Animals in Joensuu
Joensuu is a city close to nature and we have many different animals living here. You can see swans nesting next to a highway here, we also have some rare creatures living here, for example just two hundred metres from a local primary school we have a forest, where some flying squirrels live. Flying squirrels are rare in Finland and killing them or destroying their territory is against the law. The flying squirrels have been seen few times, but their droppings and nests in trees can be spotted. We also had some beavers living in the town area of Joensuu, but now they have disappeared, maybe hunted down or they have moved to another lake. Some muskrats can be seen living in the small lake that used to host the beavers, but the construction site next to the lake may disturb their lives. Some smooth newts have been spotted about 20 kilometers from Joensuu in a village called Viinijärvi.
Normally we have basic Finnish nature here. We got all of the seasons and plenty of animals and plants. Pines and birches grow here naturally, and land mammals for example hares can be seen along with many of our birds. One of the most common birds you can see is a fieldfare. Now, in spring some flowers, like the coltsfoot and the dandilion, are blooming and birds, like the chaffinch and the robin, can be heard singing.
Joensuu has a typical finnish nature with some rare animals living in here.
Luotu: 12.5.2011 13:48
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