You and your students  are  the scientists Chris Bowser NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program,  National Estuarine Research ...
Mauritania, West Africa
 
 
Citizen Science <ul><li>Ecological Society of America: “the involvement of citizens from the non-scientific community in a...
National and Regional Programs <ul><li>Bird Sleuth : MS and HS students involved in the whole scientific process of bird o...
A Day in the Life of the Hudson River 1 day , 3000 participants, 50 sites
A Day in the Life of the Hudson River resources  for  educators  lesson plans
 
Thursday,  October 8, 2009
Amphibian Migration & Road Crossings Project <ul><li>address issue of road mortality in migrating amphibians </li></ul><ul...
Amphibian Migration & Road Crossings: 2009 Data <ul><li>16 amphibian species (9 salamanders, 7 frogs & toads) </li></ul><u...
 
Study design and materials
video  and results
2008 Results on the Fall Kill  1228 glass eels total form April 3 to March 31 # Glass Eels Caught Max Tidal Height New Ful...
2009 Results on the Fall Kill over 3200 glass eels caught and released
Sense of place and community
Multiple models <ul><li>Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Nature centers </li></ul><ul><li>Community groups </li></ul>
 
Eel “Mops” <ul><li>Easy construction </li></ul><ul><li>Great for invertebrates </li></ul><ul><li>Urban applications? </li>...
the basics, and then some…
“ Trees for Tribs”  Replanting the Streams of the Hudson Valley <ul><li>Riparian buffer re-planting effort  </li></ul><ul>...
Trees for Tribs <ul><li>One day event for lots of students and families </li></ul><ul><li>Restoration value </li></ul><ul>...
Thank You! Contact: Chris Bowser, Science Education Specialist chbowser@gw.dec.state.ny.us,  tel: (845) 889-4745 x104
Very special thanks to Brittany Burgio
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Presentation given by Chris Bowser, Norrie Point Environmental Education Center (NYS Department of Environmental Conservation) during Teaching the Hudson Valley's Summer Institute in July 2009. www.TeachingtheHudsonValley.org

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You and Your Students Are the Scientists: A Sampling of Citizen-Science Opportunities

  1. 1. You and your students are the scientists Chris Bowser NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program, National Estuarine Research Reserve, NYS Water Resource Institute at Cornell A sampling of citizen science
  2. 2. Mauritania, West Africa
  3. 5. Citizen Science <ul><li>Ecological Society of America: “the involvement of citizens from the non-scientific community in academic research.” </li></ul><ul><li>Cornell Lab of O: : “projects in which volunteers partner with scientists to answer real-world questions.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Success depends on: </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it simple </li></ul><ul><li>Well-trained volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Know when to quit! </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback to volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing data and stories </li></ul>
  4. 6. National and Regional Programs <ul><li>Bird Sleuth : MS and HS students involved in the whole scientific process of bird observations </li></ul><ul><li>Watershed Dynamics : watershed inquiry and community action. </li></ul><ul><li>World-Wide Monitoring Day : annual events, test kits </li></ul><ul><li>HBRW : stream studies, guidance document </li></ul>
  5. 7. A Day in the Life of the Hudson River 1 day , 3000 participants, 50 sites
  6. 8. A Day in the Life of the Hudson River resources for educators lesson plans
  7. 10. Thursday, October 8, 2009
  8. 11. Amphibian Migration & Road Crossings Project <ul><li>address issue of road mortality in migrating amphibians </li></ul><ul><li>help identify important habitat areas </li></ul><ul><li>engage citizen scientists and volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>inform future planning or mitigation decisions </li></ul>
  9. 12. Amphibian Migration & Road Crossings: 2009 Data <ul><li>16 amphibian species (9 salamanders, 7 frogs & toads) </li></ul><ul><li>1,143 live and 566 dead individuals counted by volunteers </li></ul>Clockwise from L to R: northern red salamander, spring peeper, spotted salamander, green frog, wood frog, Jefferson/blue-spotted salamander hybrid.
  10. 14. Study design and materials
  11. 15. video and results
  12. 16. 2008 Results on the Fall Kill 1228 glass eels total form April 3 to March 31 # Glass Eels Caught Max Tidal Height New Full Full
  13. 17. 2009 Results on the Fall Kill over 3200 glass eels caught and released
  14. 18. Sense of place and community
  15. 19. Multiple models <ul><li>Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Nature centers </li></ul><ul><li>Community groups </li></ul>
  16. 21. Eel “Mops” <ul><li>Easy construction </li></ul><ul><li>Great for invertebrates </li></ul><ul><li>Urban applications? </li></ul>
  17. 22. the basics, and then some…
  18. 23. “ Trees for Tribs” Replanting the Streams of the Hudson Valley <ul><li>Riparian buffer re-planting effort </li></ul><ul><li>Projects must be located within the Hudson River Estuary Watershed </li></ul><ul><li>Open to non-profits, private individuals, companies, state agencies, watershed groups, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Site selection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid unstable stream banks & areas with large invasive plant species infestations </li></ul></ul>
  19. 24. Trees for Tribs <ul><li>One day event for lots of students and families </li></ul><ul><li>Restoration value </li></ul><ul><li>Highly visible for a long time </li></ul><ul><li>Strong ecological component </li></ul>
  20. 25. Thank You! Contact: Chris Bowser, Science Education Specialist chbowser@gw.dec.state.ny.us, tel: (845) 889-4745 x104
  21. 26. Very special thanks to Brittany Burgio

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