Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Helping Students Become Citizen Scientists

Engage your students in the world around them, literally, by challenging them to take part in real-life research.  The Vermont Center for Ecostudies, encourages everyone to take part as a volunteer in their on-going research projects.  Sounds cool, right?  It is, check them out at: http://www.vtecostudies.org/citsci.html

Here is a list of their current projects to start exploring with your students.

Project
Leader
Season
Ability
Website
Vermont and Hispaniola eBird
Report and explore bird sightings with this online checklist
Kent McFarland
kmcfarland@vtecostudies.org
Year-round
Beginner to expert
ebird.org/content/vt/
ebird.org/content/hispaniola
Mountain Birdwatch
Adopt a mountain and survey Bicknell's Thrush and other mountain songbirds.
Judith Scarl
jscarl@vtecostudies.org
June
Beginner to expert. Hiking required.
www.vtecostudies.org/MBW/
LoonWatch
Participate in the annual one day census of Vermont's breeding loons and help create a snapshopt of Vermont loon populations.
Eric Hanson
ehanson@vtecostudies.org
mid-July
Beginner to expert
www.vtecostudies.org/loons/
Vermont Loon Recovery Project
Help monitor nests and lakes.
Eric Hanson
ehanson@vtecostudies.org
spring - summer
Beginner to expert
www.vtecostudies.org/loons/
Forest Bird Monitoring Program
Help track long-term changes in populations of interior forest songbirds.
Steve Faccio
sfaccio@vtecostudies.org
June
Ability to identify forest birds by sight and sound. Hiking required.
www.vtecostudies.org/FBMP/
Vermont Breeding Bird Survey
Help track long-term changes in populations of interior forest songbirds.
Steve Faccio
sfaccio@vtecostudies.org
June
Ability to identify all birds by sight and sound.
www.vtecostudies.org/vtbbs/
Vermont Vernal Pool Mapping Project
Help map vernal pool locations statewide by conducting field visits to potential pools.
Steve Faccio
sfaccio@vtecostudies.org
Primarily Spring, also Summer and Fall
Beginner to expert
www.vtecostudies.org/VPMP/


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