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Explore birds and citizen science…at NSTA!

by megan on Jan. 11th, 2011 No Comments

2011 NSTA Conference LogoGreat news! Academy educators will be partnering with our friends over at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to deliver a half-day short course at the 2011 NSTA national conference.

NSTA National Conference
March 10–13, 2011
San Francisco, CA

To receive earlybird registration rates, visit the conference website by the Friday, January 14!

More than 1,400 presentations and workshops have been scheduled, covering a wide range of scientific disciplines and targeting audiences from preschool to college.

After entering contact information and registering for the conference itself, you’ll have the opportunity to select short courses, social events, and field trips — such as the short course hosted here at the Academy.

Short Course
“Exploring Birds and Citizen Science at the California Academy of Sciences!”

DATE & TIME: Friday, March 11, 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
LOCATION: California Academy of Sciences

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, courtesy of DarhawkHow can you use your school yard for citizen science and inquiry? Join staff us for an indoor and outdoor adventure that will arm you with tools to conduct citizen science counts and guide your students through all aspects of designing and conducting their own science investigations—from carefully observing birds to asking intriguing questions, from collecting and analyzing relevant data to sharing their results with peers. Participants will test their new skills firsthand with an outdoor eBird citizen science count. Take home a BirdSleuth: Most Wanted Birds curriculum kit—lessons and supplies that will jump-start participation by your class! Learn more about BirdSleuth

NSTA will provide transportation to and from the Academy of Sciences. Course Cost: $96 (advance) or $101 (onsite). Purchase tickets when you register online or on the San Francisco Advance Registration Form.

PRESENTERS: Jennifer Fee (Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Ithaca, NY); Helena Carmena and Megan Schufreider (California Academy of Sciences: San Francisco, CA)

Psst…a little birdie told us that staff are arranging a behind-the-scenes tour of the ornithology collections at the Academy, in addition to a search for bird specimens within the museum exhibits!

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