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Citizen Science Day

Sunday, April 28, 2013
From 10:00 am to 3:30 pm

Celebrating Citizen Science! Turn your passion for nature into action by helping scientists studying the natural world. Learn what citizen science is all about during this day of special activities and speakers.

Speakers: Larry Clarfeld from the North Branch Nature Center talk about becoming a citizen scientist, Mike Winslow from the Lake Champlain Committee will talk about citizen scientists monitoring blue-green algae on Lake Champlain.

Citizen Science Projects featured: weather watching with CoCoRaHS, FireflyWatch, Vermont Atlas of Life, Amphibian Monitoring, Bird Monitoring, Water Quality Monitoring, and more!

Schedule for the day:
10:30 am Live Animal Demo
11:30 am Blue-green Algae Monitoring with Mike Winslow, Lake Champlain Committee:
Mike will teach you how to distinguish blue-green algae from other floating phenomena and why it is important to know the difference. The Lake Champlain Committee runs a volunteer algae monitor program during the summer and the presentation will provide information about participating. If you have a half hour per week during the summer and somewhere to access Lake Champlain you can be a blue-green algae monitor.
12:30 pm Citizen Science as a Research Tool with Larry Clarfeld, North Branch Nature Center:
While citizen science has been around for over a century, many scientists still have reserves about the efficacy of this research method. In this interactive workshop, we'll explore the strengths and weaknesses of citizen science as we take part in a mock-experiment monitoring mythical creatures!
2:00 pm ECHO Wildlife Movie Short, Mink Frogs With ECHO Education Specialist:
Watch our newest ECHO Movie on the Frog of the Northwoods. Find out how climate change is affecting the Mink Frog and what you can do to help!
3:00 pm Becoming a Firefly Watcher! with ECHO Education Specialist:
There can’t be a biologist in everyone’s backyard, so they are looking to you for help! Spend some time in the dark and discover how you help biologists learn more about fireflies in Vermont and beyond.

Tabletop activities throughout ECHO with special guests from: Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, North Branch Nature Center, National Weather Service, Lake Champlain Committee, with more to be announced!

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