Archive for the ‘Citizen Science’ Category
Walking through Purisima Creek Redwoods Reserve in northern California, I am the paparazzi of Western sword ferns (Polystichum munitum). When I find one, I stop and click, click, click my smartphone photos and then approach boldly for a closer look. Are new leaves emerging as curled fronds or fiddleheads? Are there round spots called sori—reproductive structures that produce spores—on the underside of the fronds? Are these spots brown or green? And how many centimeters are the four longest uncurled fronds? I am really getting intimate here, probing for the most personal of details, and ready—yes—to post it all online on the Fern Watch website. Researchers there won’t handle this information discreetly. Instead they share among themselves and all their citizen scientists, using our data to learn more about how redwood forests are responding to climate change.
Have you ever glanced up at the night sky, at just the right moment, and seen a streak of bright light dart across the heavens and disappear?
The next time you do, instead of making a wish upon the “shooting star” (or maybe just after making your wish), consider reporting your observation to the American Meteor Society (AMS).
And that “next time” could be now, as Earth is crossing paths with the comet Swift-Tuttle this month, bringing about the beautiful Perseid meteor shower, with peak meteor shower viewings promised for Aug. 11 and 12. Read the rest of this entry »
Consider submitting abstracts to two exciting education sessions being offered at the Fall American Geophysical Union (AGU) Meeting in San Francisco, December 12-16, 2016 (http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2016/). Abstracts may be submitted at http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2016/abstract-submissions/. The deadline for abstract submission is August 3, 2016 at 23:59 EDT. If you are not a member of AGU, an AGU member may sponsor you to submit an abstract.
Connie Walker, National Optical Astronomy Observatory, 520-318-8535, email@example.com (both sessions)Sanlyn Buxner, UArizona Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies, 520-626-1825, firstname.lastname@example.org (Session ID# 13679)