The Guide To                               Urban Ecology                                    Dr. Danielle N. Lee           ...
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2011 Urban Ecology handout

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2011 Urban Ecology handout

  1. 1. The Guide To Urban Ecology Dr. Danielle N. Lee Department of Biology University of Missouri – St. LouisBecome an urban ecologist, your backyardand local parks are your laboratory!What is urban ecology?Urban ecology is the study of plant and animalcommunities in cities. Wild animals and plantcommunities have successfully lived alongsidepeople in our  Backyards  Local parks  Nature areas  Parking lots  Empty lots A baby goldfinch I found in Forest Park, St. Louis, MO summer 2010.What education do you need to become anurban ecologist?You can study urban wildlife now. After-school Ready to get started?programs, summer programs, and online Firefly Watch Projectprograms offer many chances for you to study https://www.mos.org/fireflywatch/urban wildlife and meet scientists. A summer survey of fireflies you see in yourOutdoor experiences such as nature hikes, neighborhood. Your research is added to thebicycling, rock climbing, swimming, collecting worldwide database.wildflowers, fishing, bird watching, naturejournaling, and photography are a great way to Celebrate Urban Birdsget started. You can also volunteer to help with http://www.birds.cornell.edu/celebration/a neighborhood biodiversity survey. Multiple hands-on programs to attract birds, preserve habitat, and help scientists collect dataWhat sort of education do we have? about bird populations.  High School: Take science and math Young Bird Watchers courses including biology, chemistry, http://www.aba.org/yb/ physics, and trigonometry This is a bird watching club for young people.  College: Major in Biology, Zoology, Botany, Fish & Wildlife, Environmental Missouri Department of Conservation Science, and Conservation http://mdc.mo.gov/nathis/ Offers classes in fishing, outdoor education,What skills do you need? wildlife watching. You can also order free materials, magazines, and activity booklets.  A love of nature and spending time outdoors helps. Or visit my webpage. Try out an activity, ask  Curiosity about how plants and animals questions, and share your own Backyard interact in nature. Biology experiences.  Patience and attentiveness. You’ll have Urban Science Adventures! © to sit still and be quiet to notice all of the http://urban-science.blogspot.com different plants and animals that call Danielle N. Lee your neighborhood home. dnlee5@ymail.com

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