Homeschool Conference Webinar

Our “Inquiry Through Citizen Science” webinar was recorded as part of The Homeschool Conference. You can also view an archived version of the presentation.  (In this webinar, we give an overview of citizen science and share a bit about many of the Cornell Lab’s citizen-science projects. The presentation starts 3 minutes in, and it’s about 50 minutes long.)

Here are some of the resources and links we mention during the webinar:
Cornell Lab and BirdSleuth Resources

All About Birds is an online guide to birds and bird watching. It provides information about birding basics, live video feed from bird cams, informational videos, and more.

Check out these amazing animated maps, created with eBird data.

The Homeschooler’s Guide to Project FeederWatch is a free eight-page teaching resource that contains ideas for families participating in Project FeederWatch. These activities will help you teach multiple subjects using birds and will inspire creative ideas for science related art projects, designing and building feeders, strengthening math skills, and assisting children in conducting a research project.

Citizen-Science Projects

Yardmap  is designed to cultivate a richer understanding of bird habitat, for both professional scientists and people concerned with their local environments.

eBird provides basic bird abundance and distribution information from data collected around the world. Their webpage provides easy-to-use interactive ways to observe the migratory paths of birds passing through your backyard, while also allowing you to record your sightings and contribute to scientific research.

NestWatch teaches people about bird breeding biology and engages them in collecting and submitting nest records. Such records include information about nest site location, habitat, species, and number of eggs, young, and fledglings.

Project FeederWatch is a winter season citizen-science project that focuses on feeder birds.

Celebrate Urban Birds strives to collect information about the value of urban green areas for birds. It’s easy to use since it’s focused on only 16 species.

Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day bird counting event in mid-February for all ages. It helps us understand where birds are in before spring migration.