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Citizen Science and Inquiry

If you have a schoolyard habitat or garden and would like fresh ideas about how to use it, or are simply interested in getting your students outside to experience their environment in meaningful and educational ways, this session is for you! This presentation shares how you and your students can get involved with bird-related citizen-science projects and authentic outdoor inquiry!

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Citizen Science and Inquiry

  1. 1. Thursday, Dec 9, 2010 Advancing Student Learning Through Citizen Science and Birds Beyond Penguins is funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0733024.
  2. 2. <ul><li>A – Classroom Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>B – Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>C – Administrator </li></ul><ul><li>D – Higher Education </li></ul><ul><li>E – Other </li></ul>What best describes your professional position? Answer using the poll buttons underneath the participant window!
  3. 3. What grade(s) do you teach? <ul><li>A – Grades K-2 </li></ul><ul><li>B – Grades 3-5 </li></ul><ul><li>C – Grades 6-8 </li></ul><ul><li>D – Grades 9-12 </li></ul><ul><li>E – Other </li></ul>Answer using the poll buttons underneath the participant window!
  4. 4. From where are you joining us today? Answer using the stamping tool to the left of the whiteboard!
  5. 5. Today’s Presenters Olivia Kates, Education and BirdSleuth Intern, Cornell Lab of Ornithology Lisa DeRado, BirdSleuth Program Coordinator, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  6. 6. Overview of Presentation What is citizen science? eBird Bird Sleuth
  7. 7. Our mission is to interpret and conserve the earth's biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds.
  8. 8. What is “Citizen Science”? Please tell us what you think, or type in the chat box!
  9. 9. Have you done CITIZEN SCIENCE? A. Yes B. No C. I don’t know!
  10. 10. Citizen Science: Citizens Gathering Data
  11. 11. The Lab’s Citizen Science Projects essentially follow a similar model: <ul><li>Identify and observe birds </li></ul><ul><li>Collect data </li></ul><ul><li>Enter data online </li></ul><ul><li>Retrieve and view online data </li></ul>Projects vary: focus species, season, type of data
  12. 12. Cornell Lab’s Citizen Science Projects
  13. 13. Citizen Science: Anyone can gather data!
  14. 14. Have you ever participated in a Cornell Lab citizen science project? Which ones?
  15. 16. eBird Statistics 2010 More than… 14.5 million bird observations submitted 987,000 checklists entered 277,000 visitors to eBird 8650 Species 198 Countries
  16. 18. Which birds did you see? How many of each species?
  17. 19. What species of bird(s) are these?
  18. 22. Participant Packet
  19. 23. <ul><li>Put up one or more feeders </li></ul><ul><li>Count the flock sizes of the species that visit </li></ul><ul><li>Send the data to PFW </li></ul>
  20. 24. <ul><li>TVA’s Citizen Science Central </li></ul>Downy Creek Bird Blind
  21. 25. Your Counts Really Matter!
  22. 26. Questions? Comments?
  23. 27. BirdSleuth helps educators bring the power and engagement of citizen science and inquiry to students
  24. 28. Why connect kids to Citizen Science? <ul><li>Getting outside for observation, appreciating the local environment. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s relevant, and their counts help the world—really motivating! </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity for science investigations that mirror professional science </li></ul><ul><li>Connects them to a global perspective. </li></ul>
  25. 29. BirdSleuth Today <ul><li>Curriculum Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Development </li></ul>Online and in-person Fee-based kits and free downloads
  26. 30. “ I learned that taking them outside and letting them do bird observation was a great way to motivate them to ask questions in science.”
  27. 33. Will a Fake Cat Scare Away Birds? An experiment by Amy
  28. 34. Investigators share their work...
  29. 35. If you’d like more information, please visit our website or contact: Lisa DeRado (607)254-2489 [email_address]
  30. 36. Let’s pause for questions from the audience….
  31. 37. Olivia Kates [email_address] Lisa DeRado [email_address] THANK YOU!
  32. 38. Info on Webinar Series <ul><li>Next Webinar: </li></ul><ul><li>Thursday, January 13, 2011: Reader's Theater and Informational Text </li></ul><ul><li>Archived Recordings and Related Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Please take our survey! </li></ul>