Back in December, I wrote a blog article on Citizen Science from the Scientific American website. (Click here to read the original blog post.) I like this idea so much that I wanted to follow up on it.
This week end you can participate in The Great Backyard Bird Count. This event will be taking place from Friday, Feb 17 through Monday, Feb 20. From their web site: "The Great Backyard Bird Count is a 4 day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It's free, fun and easy - and it helps the birds".
It is not too late to sign up. You can find all of the information here.
What is the count used for? The data is used by scientists to answer questions about populations, migration patterns, the effect of environmental influences on populations, how weather patterns affect populations, and much more. The details can be seen by clicking the link above.
We do not have school on Monday since it is President's Day. I am the sponsor of the science club at our school. The 30 member science club is meeting at our local animal shelter on that day for a day of community service. We will be raking, cleaning up the outdoor play areas for the dogs, scooping poop along the walking trail, and no doubt cleaning out animal cages of all types. But we will also be participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Our animal shelter is on the edge of town in a wooded area. I just hope we will be able to identify and count the numerous birds that we will see!!
This is a fabulous activity for the entire family and it is not too late to sign up and join in on the fun! Plan an outdoor event with your family this week end and include the Great Backyard Bird Count as part of your activities.
Finally, I want to share this new link with you. This is an article I just read on Nature.com. It is called, "Citizen Science Goes Extreme." This was a well written and very informative article about the need for citizens world-wide to participate in scientific research and the preservation of habitats.