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Monarch Butterflies and Citizen Science

This web seminar took place on November 27, 2012, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenters were Jim O'Leary from the Maryland Science Center and Grant Bowers from the University of Minnesota. In this program Mr. O’Leary and Mr. Bowers shared information about engaging students with the migration habits and life cycle of monarch butterflies through hands-on projects.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

This web seminar was an online follow-up session to the Flight of the Monarch Butterflies symposium held at the NSTA Louisville Area Conference on October 19, 2012. Mr. O’Leary began the program by giving a tour of the website for the new IMAX film Flight of the Butterflies. Then Mr. Bowers talked about four citizen science projects that allow students to learn about monarchs while collecting and sharing data about them. Participants learned about The Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, Monarch Watch, Monarch Health, and Journey North. Mr. Bowers discussed the science behind each project, then provided strategies for application in the classroom. This web seminar will be presented live again on December 12, 2012.

Seminar participants received an NSTA SciGuide. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “It is good to see so many ways to become a Citizen Scientist and I look all the ways in which students can become involved.”
  • “I thought it was great that there were multiple links to places where students could get involved in the Monarch research. Getting kids involved is definitely a great thing.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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