The Current Peterson Nature Area Weather Pages
The Peterson Nature Area host two different automatic Davis weather stations. One is located on the east side of the Nature Area overlooking the fresh water marsh and the second weather station is located on the west side of the Nature Area on top of the Dan Baer Science building. The weather stations operated 24 hours a day and can be accessed here and at the Peterson Middle School opening page. To access the Peterson Middle School weather sites and past historical data, go to the Peterson Nature Area weather station page.
Please contact Mrs. Fohner at email@example.com or 423-2941 if you are interested in scheduling a field trip to the Nature Area. We have free standards-based, grade level field trips.
Nature Area Guides 2012-2013
The first meeting of the Nature Area Guides will be on Aug. 28, 2013 at lunch in the Nature Area. New guides must have their applications to Mrs. Fohner by Wed., Sept. 4 to receive an invitation to the first meeting and a lunch pass. Students who were Guides last year do not need to apply, but they need to let Mrs. Fohner know if they need a lunch pass and if they plan to continue as a Nature Area Guide. Please email Mrs. Fohner at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.!
Field Trip Signup
Many grade-level, standards-based field trips are available in the Nature Area. Please contact Nancy Fohner at email@example.com or call 423-2941 to schedule a field trip. Field trips run from 12:10-1:30.
Peterson Nature Area live streaming video feeds
Deep water pond camera This PTZ camera over looks the deep water pond
Black Phoebe nest camera This stationary camera views the Black Phoebe nest that was built under the over hang of the one of the server sheds
Hawk tower camera This PTZ camera views one of the favorite hawk perching locations on the south side of the Nature Area. login <student> password <student> PCs will require an Active X applet. Macs need no additional software.Follow your screen instructions. The camera was made by Vivotek located in Sunnyvale California.
Bluebird internal nest camera This camera views the inside of a Bluebird box. We used an IR LED camera for nocturnal observation.
Fresh water marsh camera This PTZ camera over looks the shallow fresh water marsh on the east side of the nature Area.
The Black Phoebes have resided in the Peterson Nature Area for the past 26 years and with the aid of modern technology we have been able to broadcast the nesting events for the past eight years. The camera we are using is NOT a LED equipped cam. You will not be able to see the nocturnal nest activity.
Go to http://bpn.scusd.net and watch the four baby Black Phoebes compete for the parents attention when food is brought to the nest.
(Just Added 7 June) I am sorry to report that all four young baby Black Phoebes were found dead. Chances are one of the adults was eaten by a Sharp Shinned Hawk. There has been a Sharp Shinned Hawk hunting in the facility. Their primary food is other birds. A visiting elementary class saw a Sharp Shinned Hawk pick off a Black Phoebe in mid air. We will keep the camera on to see if the nest is used again.
Western Bluebird nest on line 24/7 in Peterson nature Area
The Bluebirdspopulated the Peterson Nature Area shortly after various species of woodpeckers created the first nesting cavities in the first dead standing trees. While broadcasting the comings and goings of the adult Bluebirds from the outside of the cavities, we could NEVER see what was happening on the inside of the nesting cavity. That all changed this last spring when several engineering students developed a camera method that tied into the Nature Area’s local area network. Using a 14-year-old Macintosh computer and a very small LED camera, the students of the Santa Clara Unified School District can now monitor the events from inside a nesting box. Due to the cooler than normal temperatures, the Bluebirdsare just now finishing their nest construction.
By going to http://underwater.scusd.net, observers can monitor the inside of the Bluebird nest. As of 5 June, there are still no eggs in the nest. The birds do come into the nest to drop off nest material. We will keep the camera operational until the end of July.
Wildlife videos produced at the Peterson Nature Area by Bryan Osborne
NATURE CENTER NEWS – SPRING 2011
The last eight weeks have been cooler and wetter than “normal”. As a result, the plant and animal populations in the Nature Area have responded in a number of different ways. For the very first time, University of Santa Claraengineering students have helped with new projects in the Peterson Nature Area. The campus research facility has had a reproductive population of Western Bluebirdsfor the last ten years. Bluebirds are cavity nesters and must have a previously created tree cavity from a woodpecker or a bird box in order reproduce; no cavities means no reproduction.
The Bluebirdspopulated the Nature Area shortly after various species of woodpeckers created the first nesting cavities in the first dead standing trees. While broadcasting the comings and goings of the adult Bluebirds from the outside of the cavities, we could NEVER see what was happening on the inside of the nesting cavity. That all changed this last spring when several engineering students developed a camera method that tied into the Nature Area’s local area network. Using a 14-year-old Macintosh computer and a very small LED camera, the students of the Santa Clara Unified School District can now monitor the events from inside a nesting box. Due to the cooler than normal temperatures, the Bluebirdsare just now finishing their nest construction. We hope the students will see the first eggs before school is out.
With the release of the first Google Chrome booksand with the help of Mrs. Fohner, we are very pleased to announce that the Peterson Nature Area has received a “grant donation” of 100 of the wireless netbooks from Google. Since four wireless access points cover the entire Nature Area, students will now be able to complete new environmental lessons on the Internet while they are collecting and logging data. Furthermore, if the students need additional information to examine a problem or question, there is no need to leave the facility. The Google Chrome bookswill have net access as the students move from lab station to lab station in the Nature Area. The six and half hour batteries will allow the Chrome books to be used for an academic day without recharging. At the end of the day, the units will be stored and charged in the soon-to-be-renovated D wing.
Lastly, through a $15,000 grant awarded by Intelthrough the district office, the Nature Area and Peterson Middle School will receive a multimedia 87-inch Smart Boardthat will interface with our research microscopes. This interface will allow our classes to view marvelous live video from pond samples that student-grade equipment could not rival. In addition, the grant will provide 17 stand alone data-acquisition recorders. These units are programmed by computers, removed from the computers and placed in the Nature Area to collected selected abiotic environmental data such as temperature, relative humidity, light energy and barometric pressure. The data loggers are collected at the end of the lab and the recorded data can be downloaded in Excel for analysis. Lastly, some of the money will be used to allow other schools from within the district to use the unique facilities that we have here at Peterson Middle School.