Be a Scientist! Bring Biology to Life through Citizen Science LoriAnne Barnett & Jill Nugent Jennifer Fee & Nancy Trautmann Terry Tomasek NancyLee Bergey Session Overview » Defining “citizen science” » Teaching with citizen science » Navigating the book and lessons » Implementation strategies Projects in which volunteers partner with scientists to answer real-world questions. In citizen science, people everywhere report observations of natural events using basic, scientific protocols. Buds… Birds… Frogs and other amphibians… Butterflies and other insects… All help us put the puzzle together… Value in Data Why Citizen Science? Gets kids outside Generates questions and the opportunity for investigations Teaches STEM content and meet science standards Environmental stewardship Access to real life data Connects kids to the scientific community It’s fun… it’s kids being scientists It’s learning… In the Monarch Larvae Monitoring Program, youth “bond” over loving science! (Kountoupes and Oberhauser 2008) Photo, MLMP photo gallery … and it’s real science! Monarch data predict ideal breeding conditions will be found further north in the future. (Batalden et al. 2007) Introductory Chapters 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. What is Citizen Science ? Why Use Citizen Science in Your Teaching? Implementation Strategies Case Study: Connecting With Students Through Birds Case Study: The Mystery of Monarchs Case Study: Amphibians and Reptiles An Integrative Approach to Studying our Changing Planet Lesson Plans 1. Whale Song Project 2. It's Been a Hard Day's Flight: Flight Distances of Monarchs 3. Terrestrial Invertebrates 4. Signs of Spring: Earthworm Inquiry 5. Animated Maps for Animated Discussions 6. Bird Migration Patterns in My Area 7. Habitat Matters: YardMap Your Schoolyard! 8. Winter Twig Investigation 9. Flight of the Pollinators: Plant Phenology 10. Ozone Biomonitoring Garden Study 11. Turtle Trackers 12. Who’s Out There? A Calling Amphibian Survey 13. Wetland Discovery 14. Citizen Science to Study Marine Food Webs 15. Tree Squirrels: Narrators of Nature in Your Neighborhood Appendices Lessons Mapped to: • Scientific Practices (NGSS) • Crosscutting Concepts (NGSS) • Key Science Topics • Science Process Skills • Primary Location and Season Lesson Plans: Songs and Calls 1. Whale Song Project 12. Who’s Out There? A Calling Amphibian Survey Whale Song Project (1) by Debra Taylor Hall, NC Dept. of Public Instruction http://whale.fm/ Song or call? ♪Hey sweetie, come check out my awesome territory and my nice colors’♪ » A song is a longer and more complex vocalization, often with specific repeated patterns • Usually used to attract mates or defend territory » A call is a shorter, simpler vocalization I’m here! Where are you? wikipedia.org/wiki/Whale • Used to sound alarms, tell others about food, keep track of each other wildcarolina.com/spring-peepers/ Who’s Out There? A Calling Amphibian Survey (12) by Terry Tomasek, Elon Univ. & Jill Nugent, Texas Tech Univ. Lesson Plans: Cycles 2. It's Been a Hard Day's Flight: Flight Distances of Monarchs 4. Signs of Spring: Earthworm Inquiry 5. Animated Maps for Animated Discussions 6. Bird Migration Patterns in My Area 8. Winter Twig Investigation 9. Flight of the Pollinators: Plant Phenology Animated Maps for Animated Discussions (5) Bird Migration Patterns in My Area (6) by Jennifer Fee, Cornell lab of Ornithology Where and when did you look? Which birds did you see? How many of each kind of bird? How often do eBirders in Illinois see Rubythroated Hummingbirds and Northern Cardinals? Photo credit: L. Romano Plant and animal species = 943 total 3727 observers reporting (11,587 total) making 603,073 observations 13,249 sites, 6404 active sites As of 9/1/14 ANIMAL Activity Reproduction Active individuals Feeding Male combat Mating PLANT Leaves Young leaves Leaves Colored leaves Development Young individuals Dead individuals Method Individuals at a feeding station PHENOPHASES Flowers Flowers or flower buds Open flowers Fruits Ripe fruits Recent seed or fruit drop …How Many? Lesson Plans: Habitat 7. Habitat Matters: YardMap Your Schoolyard! 13. Wetland Discovery 15. Tree Squirrels: Narrators of Nature in Your Neighborhood Habitat Matters: YardMap Your School Yard (7) by Nancy Trautmann, Jennifer Fee, and Jennifer Goforth, Cornell Lab of Ornithology YardMap is a citizen science project designed to cultivate a richer understanding of bird habitat, for both professional scientists and people concerned with their local environments. Wetland Discovery (13) by Terry Tomasek, Elon Univ. and Danielle Marchand, Bridgewater Junior/Senior High Tree Squirrels: Narrators of Nature in Your Neighborhood (15) by Steve Sullivan, Kristi Backe, and Michelle Rabkin, Chicago Academy of Sciences Lesson Plans: Animals 3. Terrestrial Invertebrates 11. Turtle Trackers Terrestrial Invertebrates (3) by Susan Sachs, Great Smoky Mountains National Park ggep.org/plants-animals-gallery Hands on the Land is a national network of field classrooms and agency resources to connect students, teachers, families, and volunteers with public lands and waterways. Hands on the Land brings classroom learning to life in America's Turtle Trackers (11) largest classroom! by Jill Nugent, Texas Tech University Californiaherps.com Lesson Plans: Interactions 9. Flight of the Pollinators 10. Ozone Biomonitoring Garden Study 14. Citizen Science to Study Marine Food Webs DATA DOWNLOAD Red maple (Acer rubrum) in 2013 collected via Nature’s Notebook http://www.usanpn.org/data/visualizations Ozone Bio-Monitoring Garden Study (10) by Susan Sachs, Great Smoky Mountains National Park Implementation Strategies » Resources for getting started: • CitizenScience.org • SciStarter.com Implementation Strategies http://www.birdsleuth.org/csbook/ Questions?