Educator Resources: Animals

Backyard Bark Beetles

This citizen science project provides a rare opportunity for the public to participate in real-world scientific research. Participants help to advance our understanding of bark and ambrosia beetles, which will help us to protect forests and the species that depend on them. This project has been designed as an easy and fun activity to teach kids and adults about these amazing and important creatures.

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University of Florida

BirdSleuth K-12

BirdSleuth K-12 creates innovative resources that build science skills while inspiring young people to connect to local habitats, explore biodiversity, and engage in citizen science projects. With an inquiry-based approach to science curriculum, kids are engaged in scientific study and real data collection throught the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s exciting citizen science projects.

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The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Bugs In Our Backyard

Bugs In Our Backyard is an educational outreach and collaborative research program, providing project-based learning opportunities for K-12 students– or anyone! The core activity for BioB takes advantage of the bugs in your own backyard, schoolyard or neighborhood. Students can become citizen-scientists by surveying this diversity of insects and plants.

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National Science Foundation, Colby College

Building a Bat House

Building a bat house is a great way to help these threatened animals. Once you’ve built your bat house, identified suitable habitat to install it, and it is successfully inhabited, join WDNR’s roost monitoring project. Through this project you can let bat researchers know about what kinds of bats inhabit your bat house, and how many bats you get each year.

*Supports Wisconsin Bat Program

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Citizen-based Monitoring Program

Caterpillars Count!

A major goal of the Caterpillars Count! project is to provide a structured way for students and other interested individuals to learn more about the caterpillars and other insects that play a crucial role in our ecosystem.

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The University of North Carolina

Citizen Sort

Citizen Sort’s video games were designed in collaboration with biologists and naturalists. As you play, you’ll help classify plants, animals, and insects, and you’ll produce valuable scientific data to aid scientists in their work.

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Syracuse University's School of Information Studies, National Science Foundation

Damsels and Dragons

“Damsels and Dragons” describes the physical and behavioral characteristics of
dragonflies and damselflies. Eighty-six species of dragonflies occur throughout
Minnesota. Students also learn about a dragonfly’s life cycle as it metamorphoses
from egg to adult, and about a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
naturalist, Mark Carroll, who has done research on dragonflies.

*Supports Minnesota Odanata Survey Project

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Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Dragonfly Society

Driven to Discover

The “Driven to Discover: Enabling Authentic Inquiry through Citizen Science” program is designed around an inquiry-based curriculum for youth. The curriculum uses nationally known citizen science programs (eBird & The Monarch Larva Monitoring Project) as the basis for teaching youth how to engage in science the way scientists do.

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Exploring Streams

Hands-on learning about streams within and outside of the classroom. This four week long curriculum contains six sections, including a field trip to collect data that will contribute to the Water Action Volunteers Program. Aligned with Science Standards.

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Water Action Volunteers

International Crane Foundation Activity Packets

Activity packets for ages preschool through high school, along with select activities in Spanish, for use in your classroom. Packets include information about cranes and a variety of activities.

*Supports Annual Midwest Crane Count

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International Crane Foundation