The Cornell Lab Bird Academy Discussion Groups Cornell K-12 Ambassador Program Nature, Citizen Science, and Inquiry

    • Bird Academy
      Bird Academy
      Bird_Academy
      Which citizen-science projects have you used with learners, if any? New to citizen science? Review our page that lists all of the Cornell Lab’s citizen-science projects and educational resources. Do you have any advice or suggestions about how to participate with a specific project or with citizen science in general? Share your thoughts below.
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    • Nancy
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      nmcgowan2011
      A project to identify biodiversity around our school specifically focused on the types of birds that visit bird feeders.  Students recorded the type of bird, action exhibited, and time spent at the feeder. To get the greatest invovlement I find it helpful to have clear achievable goals and a set timeframe of participation.
    • Fran
      Participant
      Chirps: 6
      NialFran
      I have heard of citizen science. I have assigned some of the projects in my google classroom but haven't done it in the classroom. It  was more of an "extra" homework for families that were interested. I would like to do one in my classroom with the students.
    • Edward
      Participant
      Chirps: 7
      Hawkbase
      For 43 years my family and I have successfully raised Eastern Bluebirds in at least one of our 4 backyard nest boxes. Including one year where we had a House Wren eject the newly hatched birds. I found 4 of the 5 in the grass and replaced them in the next box where dad bluebird sat calling and calling in about an hour mamma Bluebird came back and all 4 birds fledged successfully!
    • Edward
      Participant
      Chirps: 7
      Hawkbase
      I myself have been sending information as a member of project feeder watch and nest watch for the last 5-6 years. I have run programs at my library about birds and their adaptations. and would like to bring the kids outside this winter for an owl prowl, after doing a pellet investigation program.
    • Sabrina
      Participant
      Chirps: 5
      sabrinam
      Currently, I am not using any citizen-science projects where I work. However I will be incorporating citizen-science to some programs next year. The main project I am interested in is GLOBE program, and I'm also thinking of ways to include eBird and iNaturalist.
    • Hope
      Participant
      Chirps: 5
      hopeb2
      I will be participating in two programs: 1. Nest Watch for our annual Bluebird count. 2. Great Backyard Bird Count - mid February.  I will organize our retired residents in my community to do this count.
    • Jon Javier
      Participant
      Chirps: 17
      jagjavier
      Currently there is a group of Grade 12 students (3 students) who I am assisting on their two years research work of establishing a baseline count of avian population in the 8 - hectare lot of Philippine Science High School - Main Campus and in the adjacent 23.8 hectare Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center (NAPWC). We are using eBird to submit records made during any regular field observations. I am not a natural science teacher. However, with my special interest on wild birds and native trees I use them to connect my students (and other students) to nature. At least twice a year, during the week long Humanities Festival (held yearly during the month of October or November) and Science Festival (held yearly during the month of January or February)jagjavier_care_02 I sponsor a nature walk (either birdwalk or treewalk) with the students as participants. I am teaching Grade 8 students and yearly I am given an assignment to advise one of the eight sections of this year level (this responsibility is given a name as "Homeroom Advising" wherein a section is composed of 30 students). On school year 2015 - 2016 I started an activity with my student advisees then which I really hope will continue for years to come. We plant at least 2 native trees inside the campus. This activity is now on its 5th school year with the largest scale so far done last SY 2018 - 2019 (having planted 64 premium and endangered trees in partnership with an industry partner). Also last year I was able to bring my 30 students outside the campus (which I termed an "Outside Classroom Learning") and toured a Vegetative Material Reproduction (VMR) tree nursery and had a nature walk inside an arboretum of Philippine native plants. jagjavier_care_06 Part of engaging the students is in the conduction of tree nurturing and tree growth monitoring activities for the newly planted seedlings. I am hoping that the data collected in these tree growth monitoring activities could be of use in research as the planted species are not in their natural habitat. jagjavier_care_05