BirdSleuth offers opportunities for in-person training and workshops as well as online webinars for educators looking for top notch professional development.
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National Science Teachers Association Conference
March 30 - April 2
Come join the BirdSleuth team at the NSTA national conference in Los Angeles, CA. We have five sessions and a short course that will allow you to go more in-depth with our resources. You can also stop by our booth 1855 to get free resources and a window bird feeder for your classroom!
- Shaping Tomorrow’s Researchers with Citizen Science: Whether it’s counting birds during a hike through the mangroves or using numerical data to write a fictional story about a migrating species, citizen science programs bring students out of the classroom and into the worlds that they are studying. Get details about this gateway to discovery and authentic science learning for students of all ages. Thursday, March 30 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Los Angeles Convention Center, Kentia Hall F
- Science Learning at Your Window! Come get a window bird feeder and discover how it can attract birds and student interest! Take home activities and ideas to teach science content through birds. Friday, March 31, 2017, 12:30 PM – 01:30 PM Los Angeles Convention Center, Kentia Hall K
- Dissecting the Food Web: An Owl Pellet Investigation: Meet Me in the Middle program at the National Middle Level Science Teachers Association’s Share-A-Thon event. Friday, March 31, 2017, 2:30-4:30 JW Marriott Hotel, Diamond 4/5 Ballrooms
- Short Course – Stretch Your Legs for Science: An Outdoor STEM Adventure: This short course will include basic information and hands-on activities to help build bird identification skills through the eBird
global citizen-science project. We’ll offer participants the unique opportunity to see birds up close (everyone’s new binoculars will bring wild birds closer) at a wonderful reserve. We will take a 60–90 minute bird walk within Madrona Marsh, described as “an island of wilderness in the city” and the last remaining vernal marsh in LA County. We’ll submit and explore eBird data, creating educators who understand how to use citizen science to engage students in authentic STEM learning. Take home materials (a BirdSleuth “Most Wanted Birds” kit, a pair of high-quality binoculars, bird feeder, and several apps)—all of which will help you easily implement citizen-science projects in your classroom. You need to register in advance for this short course (SC:7). Note: Be sure to dress for the weather. Friday, March 31 9:45-5:35
- Science in Community: Using Informal Science Experiences to Explore Environmental Issues: Science is all around us and this forum shares how teachers and students can connect with informal settings to use science to explore environmental issues in unique ways. Saturday, April 1, 2017, 12:30 PM – 02:30 PM Los Angeles Convention Center, 151
- Patterns and Trends: Web-Based Exploration of Bird Populations from Local to Global: Using eBird data and visualization tools, we will map and graph patterns over space and time to learn about habitats, adaptations, migration, and life cycles. Sunday, April 2 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Los Angeles Convention Center, 304 AB