The Conservation Stewardship Department works with the community to enhance their property for wildlife habitat. We encourage environmental awareness and stewardship and provide the education, resources, and assistance necessary to improve ecological systems in Southwest Michigan. Much of the work performed by the Conservation Stewardship Department would not be possible without the help of volunteers and citizen scientists, if any of the projects below interest you, please follow their respective contact links to get involved.
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Caterpillars Count! - A Citizen Science Workshop for Educators
Friday, June 1; 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Kalamazoo Nature Center, 7000 North Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Cost: FREE Space is limited, please register here. Applications will be accepted until May 25, 2018
Looking for a new way to engage your students or visitors in hands-on science learning and contribute valuable information to local research about insects and birds? Become a Caterpillars Count! citizen scientist! Caterpillars and other insects live on the trees and plants all around us. They make up a critical part of many ecosystems and are an important food source for birds and other organisms. In this workshop, we'll introduce you to Caterpillars Count!, a new citizen science project designed by biologists from the University of North Carolina, and show you how you can become a part of research linking birds to their insect food sources on trees. Learn how to conduct surveys of insects with your students/visitors, monitor changes in the abundance and type of insects present over time, and report your data using our free mobile app. We'll also introduce sample learning activities and the Caterpillars Count! website, where you can explore the data collected by your group with others from around the state. This workshop is open to and designed for both formal (grades 6-12) and non-formal educators. Each participant will receive a handbook of instructional materials and sample learning activities. Lunch provided.
Questions about the workshop? Contact Sarah Yelton, Caterpillars Count! Project Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions about registration? Contact Jennifer Tagett, Kalamazoo Nature Center: email@example.com