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Monarch Butterflies and Citizen Science

This web seminar took place on October 9, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern daylight time. The presenters were Jim O’Leary from the Maryland Science Center and Katie-Lyn Bunney from the University of Minnesota.

Jim O'Leary and shared information about engaging students with the migration habits and life cycle of monarch butterflies through hands-on projects. Katie-Lyn Bunney explored 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. They heard about the science behind each project and were provided strategies for applications in the classroom.

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A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificate 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:

  • "An excellent web seminar, this was my first seminar through NSTA and will likely not be the last. Both speakers were excellent and I would enjoy hearing them lecture again in the future."
  • "I really enjoyed learning more about Monarch butterflies. My students would find this fascinating."
  • "I had a blast, and I am looking forward to using the "A Journey North" site first to introduce the kids to the concept and have them contribute to the graph of data points."

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

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