Learning is considered to be a continuous process that ceases to be once all the living cells in our body cease to live. our class was one of the most privileged after our teacher organized a habitat trip for us despite having learnt a lot of theory to us, the teacher wanted us to get a grasp of how we could get a better understanding of what we had learnt through our habitat trip that was aimed at converting our theory that we had learnt very well in class into practical. It has been said that seeing leaves a more permanent marker than hearing alone and this was confirmed through our academic trip. This trip made us have better understanding and grasping of the concepts and by the end of it all, we were better students than before.
The date for the trip at last came to be. I was more eager to know and have a better understanding of how plants and animals thrived in different environment and why some plants and animals are found in certain areas and not in other areas. We had learnt in class the ecological and environmental adaptations of different plants and animals, but the trip made it more real with a practical approach that enhanced better understanding.
Our trip started by us meeting at the lower Wekiva river state preserve which is situated at the south entrance to the park. We assembled at 8;30 am and we were all eager to see what lay ahead of the trip and how much we were going to gain from the trip. Here, we were able to see the different vegetation and how well they responded to the climate of this place. We took exit 101C and went west approximately 9 miles towards mt. Dora following the state road 46. We were amazed by the adaptability of plants in this region' different plants and vegetation thrived in this region.
Some were doing very well than the others which was an indication of being at their best ecological zones. In class, we had studied how different plants thrive and perform in different environment as well as conditions that make plants to perform at their optimum. Some of the factors that affect plants are; rainfall, soil, altitude and temperature, which all determine the suitability of the plants and vegetation in a given particular region.
Later in the day, we visited the Rock Springs run State Reserve which is 3 miles west of Wekiva River. The park is estimated to occupy an area of 15000 acre. The park contain a number of rivers and creeks which include the wekiva Springs Run, Rock Springs Run, Blackwater creek and Seminole Creek. Among them are Seminole Creek, Wekiva Springs Run, Rock Springs Run, the Wekiva River, and Blackwater . At Rock Springs Run, we were able to see the sandhill (Grus canadensis);-which is a big bird and capable of flying, scrab;-which included shrubs and grassland and flatwoods (Pinus palustris );-which are trees mostly used for timber upon their maturation. The trees are also important in absorbing carbon dioxide which when emitted in large amounts, can cause the global warming.
Other plants that we were able to see and study were; wire grass, sand olive oak (Quercus geminata ), sable palm (Sabal palmetto), laure oak (Quercus Laurifolia), black cherry (Prunus serotina), cabbage palm one leaf, gofer apple (licania michauxii), turkey oak (Quercus catesbaei), dear berry (Vaccinium stamineum) and butterfly.
The trip was very educative and I was in a position to understand better why different plants and animals do have different habitats and why their population is found in some areas and not others. This confirmed what we had learnt in class that plants and animals to have different ecological requirement and the reason as to why different regions are endowed with different plants and animals.