What is BirdSleuth?
BirdSleuth is an inquiry-based science curriculum that engages kids in scientific study and real data collection through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s exciting citizen science projects. BirdSleuth provides educators with kits that:
- Encourage kids to answer their own questions about nature using the scientific process
- Spend time outdoors, connecting with nature by focusing on the fascinating sights, sounds, and behaviors of birds
- Motivate kids by the real-world importance of the data they enter online, which scientists use to understand and conserve birds
Birdsleuth offers a variety of resources for all types of educators no matter the setting. For a full list of our offerings, visit our shop.
The development of BirdSleuth, originally called “Classroom BirdWatch,” was funded with a three year grant from the Instructional Materials Development Program at the National Science Foundation in 2004. With feedback from classroom testing, draft curriculum was restructured as a series of modules that educators select depending on the specific content areas they wish to cover.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0242666. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Through kits, free resources, and educator training, we want to…
• Engage students in their own investigations and the science process.
• Spark curiosity and provide tools to make discoveries.
• Support educators in teaching science through birds.
• Get students outside to connect to the local environment.
The Birdsleuth team is happy to assist educators in fully using the curriculum and our citizen science projects. In addition to workshops, we offer an online summer course and free webinars periodically throughout the year (see Workshops & Webinars or our event calendar). BirdSleuth also recruits experienced educators to be program ambassadors.
Meet the Staff
Manager of K-12 Programs
- I was hired by the Cornell Lab in 2004 to develop and field test the BirdSleuth curriculum, so I’ve been with BirdSleuth since its beginning. I take pleasure and pride in sharing the BirdSleuth curriculum and citizen science with teachers, particularly through online and in person professional development workshops.
- Prior to joining the Lab, I worked at the Missouri Botanical Garden administering the “Partners for Growing Discovery Units” curriculum. I’m a graduate from the Biology programs at Truman State University and Illinois State University (Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics program). I enjoy the outdoors– especially camping, biking, and hiking– and I’m always ready to travel and discover a new place!
K-12 Resources Coordinator
I graduated from the State University College of NY at Oneonta with a dual major in Psychology and Child Development and Family Studies. Soon after graduation I began working in an integrated preschool for children with developmental disabilities and discovered my love for all children. I found myself immersed in learning and intrigued by each unique child. I began taking on projects outside the classroom by coordinating family support services for Franziska Racker Centers and managing a large afterschool program for Tompkins Community Action in Ithaca, NY. In 2008 I joined the Lab and have enjoyed meeting and working with educators across the country and around the world.
K-12 Project Assistant
I am passionate about connecting kids and communities to the natural world. Growing up with outdoor camps, annual summer camping trips with my family, and school gardens provided me with ample time to explore, appreciate, and find serenity with the outdoors! I am motivated by the fact that the resources we create through BirdSleuth will help teachers all over the country provide engaging, investigative opportunities for all sorts of kids to have enriching encounters with nature and wild birds!
I have been working with education at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology since 2010. I worked on developing online resources for undergraduate educators with the Online Research in Biology project before joining the K-12 education team and BirdSleuth. I have a B.S. from Cornell University in Science of Natural and Environmental Systems with a concentration in Sustainable Community Development and a minor in Entomology. In addition to being an environmental and outdoor enthusiast, I enjoy traveling, hiking, soccer, surfing, music, being a twin, and the Macaulay Library (my YouTube).