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Monarch Butterflies and Citizen Science

This web seminar took place on October 27, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern daylight time. The presenters were Katie-Lyn Bunney from the University of Minnesota and Jim O’Leary from the Maryland Science Center.

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. Jim O'Leary and shared information about engaging students with the migration habits and life cycle of monarch butterflies through hands-on projects.

View the web seminar archive. (podcast)

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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:

  • "This was my first Web Seminar and I was pleasantly surprised about how much information and interaction there was. I really enjoy the feedback from others and see how they plan to incorporate it into the classrooms."
  • "I loved this Webinar. It was super informative and busted a couple myths I had always heard"
  • "I enjoyed learning about the different resources I can use in my classroom."

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

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Underwritten by Maryland Science Center, University of Minnesota, and National Science Foundation