Discover BirdSleuth and the Citizen Science Opportunities from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (Calgary Zoo)

ScienceCalgary Zoo
Half Day Workshop
Thursday Feb 15   12:30 PM to 03:15 PM (2 hours 45 minutes)
Calgary Zoo - Cequel
Early Childhood Education (Pre K-Kindergarden)Division 1 (Grades 1-3)Division 2 (Grades 4-6)

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Join BirdSleuth Ambassador, Rogue Naturalist’s Sarah M. Smith, to discover an exciting set of resources! The Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers some of the most engaging and exciting citizen science opportunities out there today, including wonderfully accessible and free resources such as eBird. By participating in citizen science and investigations, students become scientists. They gain real science practice, developing process skills – all by practicing observations of the birds around them and following their own inquiries deeper.

No birding expertise is required of the educator! BirdSleuth, the K-12 education program out of Cornell, is designed to help both students and educators develop a basic birding knowledge, and offers fantastic support and resources for further inquiry and for expanding that knowledge. During this workshop, participants will be provided with an introduction to the BirdSleuth program, including Alberta curriculum links and applications, as well as an introduction to the excellent free resources that will help them scaffold student inquiry and participate in citizen science. Part of the workshop will include a birding session outside at the Calgary Zoo, so please dress for the weather. In addition, a smartphone, while not necessary, will allow individual exploration of eBird and several other useful apps, in the field.