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Big Picture Competition: Kids and youth can enter!

by megan on Feb. 12th, 2014 No Comments

Big Picture Photography Competition

The Academy’s BigPicture: Natural World Photography Competition encourages photographers from around the world to contribute their work to the competition that will both celebrate and illustrate the rich diversity of life on Earth and inspire action to protect and conserve it.

Chaired by award-winning photographer Suzi Eszterhas, this competition welcomes professional-level, high-caliber nature, wildlife and conservation images and is open to all photographers.

In fact, there are age divisions for kids aged 5-11 and youth aged 12-17!

Enter Your Images into the Big Picture Photography Competition by March 31, 2014, for your chance to win the Grand Prize of $5000 cash along with $2000 in Calumet photography gear!

Winning photos will be featured in an exhibit on the Academy’s museum public floor from August 1 – November 2, 2014.

For more details, visit http://bigpicturecompetition.org

Biodiversity E-Course now on Khan Academy!

by megan on Feb. 3rd, 2014 No Comments

The California Academy of Sciences has partnered with leading global learning platform Khan Academy to make an engaging new digital learning course entitled Biodiversity available for free to anyone worldwide.
Biodiversity Course Landing Page
Drawing on the deep knowledge and expertise of the California Academy of Sciences’ scientists, educators, and video production team, this new seven-part course explains biodiversity and its importance throughout the world. The first two tutorials are now available online at https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/CAS-biodiversity, and five additional tutorials will be launched over the coming year.

Designed for a wide variety of audiences, including high school students, teachers, families, policy makers, and anyone interested in learning more about the diversity of life, each tutorial in the new Biodiversity course includes video lessons, articles, and quizzes, as well as activities that encourage students to explore the natural world.

“In addition to creating quizzes, activities, articles, and glossaries of scientific terms, we have also compiled selected references that include links to the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards,” says Dr. Meg Burke, Director of Teacher and Youth Education at the California Academy of Sciences. “In doing so, we hope teachers will find this course of interest and use.”
Biodiversity Course Questions
Dr. Rich Mooi, Curator of Invertebrate Zoology at the California Academy of Sciences, is both the voice and artist behind each video in the course. A skilled scientific illustrator whose detailed drawings of sea urchins and other echinoderms grace dozens of scientific papers, Mooi can also sketch anything from a butterfly to a map of Antarctica in two seconds flat. Brought to life through clever animation and commentary, his sketches outline the what, where, when, and why-does-it-matter of biodiversity on our planet.

“We chose biodiversity as the focus of this Khan Academy course because biodiversity is all around us,” says Mooi. “It’s crucial to the quality of our lives and the lives of all other living organisms, but we still have a lot to learn about all the players and their roles in this pageantry of life. And it’s increasingly important for people to understand that we are losing biodiversity at a rate never before seen, driven by human actions resulting in habitat loss and extinction.”

Start the free Biodiversity course now!

BioBlitz at Fort Funston on Saturday, August 24th!

by megan on Aug. 20th, 2013 No Comments

Biodiversity in the city? You bet!

Scientists, and amateur naturalists will work together to find and identify as many different species as possible within Fort Funston – everything from sand dune plants to bank swallows (called a ‘bioblitz’). We’ll break the park up into zones and even encourage some friendly zone-to-zone competition. Bring yourself or a group of friends! We have 200 acres to explore.

We’ll be using the iNaturalist app and helping the fine folks of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Parks Conservancy and the California Academy of Sciences document the many plants and critters that live here!

We’ll start with an orientation, then hit the blitz. We will wrap up with lunch (bring your own!), show off the results, find out who saw the most different kinds of critters, and, yes, hand out some prizes!

Check out the current weather at Fort Funston here: Fort Funston webcam

Register today!

More information about iNaturalist:

Creating an iNaturalist account
How to use the iNaturalist app
Global Impact

Family Bird Count in the Presidio!

by rochelle on Mar. 20th, 2012 No Comments

Family Bird Count in the Presidio
Presidio Kids Heron

Sunday, April 1st, 2012
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Meet at El Polín Spring

Did you know that the Presidio is a birding hotspot in the Bay Area? After a short “binocular bootcamp and birding basics” kids (ages 6 and up) and their families will join experienced birders in teams on different routes throughout the Presidio. After an easy 2 hour walk counting observed bird life, groups will return to El Polín Spring to tally their numbers during lunch. The day will be topped off with presentations of the day’s numbers by kids!

Presidio Kids observing birds
Lunch will not be provided, so bring a lunch and snacks as needed. Please remember to dress in layers and bring water. Binoculars are not required, but recommended if you have them (a supply of binoculars will be available to borrow for the day).

Because space is limited for this event, please RSVP to Alisha Cahlan at: acahlan@presidiotrust.gov or 415-561-2730. This event is free and co-sponsored by the Presidio Trust and the Golden Gate Audubon Society.

Help count birds in the Presidio

by rochelle on Sep. 19th, 2011 No Comments

Kids’ Autumn Equinox Bird Count in the Presidio
Presidio Kids Heron

Saturday, September 24th
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Meet at Baker Beach picnic area

Did you know that the Presidio is a birding hotspot in the Bay Area? After a short “binocular bootcamp and birding basics” kids and their families will join experienced birders in teams on different routes throughout the Presidio. After an easy 2 hour walk counting observed bird life, groups will return to Baker Beach to tally their numbers during lunch. The day will be topped off with presentations of the day’s numbers by kids!

Presidio Kids observing birds
Lunch will not be provided, so bring a lunch and snacks as needed. Please remember to dress in layers and bring water. Binoculars are not required, but recommended if you have them (a supply of binoculars will be available to borrow for the day).

Because space is limited for this event, please RSVP to Damien Raffa at: draffa@presidiotrust.gov or 415- 561-4449. This event is free and co-sponsored by the Presidio Trust and the Golden Gate Audubon Society.