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Bugs In Our Backyard

Main Project Information
Presented By Colby College
Goal Involve the public in survey of insect biodiversity
Task Report location, number, etc. of bugs and/or common host plants.
Where Global, anywhere on the planet
Description

Bugs In Our Backyard is an educational outreach and collaborative research program, providing project-based learning opportunities for K-12 students-- or anyone! The core activity for Bugs In Our Backyard takes advantage of the bugs in your own backyard, schoolyard or neighborhood. Students become citizen-scientists by surveying this diversity of insects and plants. How much insect diversity can you find? How does insect diversity vary over time? How does insect diversity vary across geographic and urban scales? These are some of the questions that can be asked. The survey targets are “true bugs” (what entomologists call Heteroptera) in the eastern US, but activities are designed to be open-ended. Everyone is welcome to get involved. Let’s expand what we know about about insect diversity across rural and urban landscapes!

BioB is part of an NSF-funded research program at Colby College, which will also provide students with insight into the practice of science. Our goal is to engage students with biology by making them citizen scientists. Get involved in ecological surveys of local bugs and their host plants! Produce data to contribute to a growing community database. Connect to the biological diversity in your own backyard!

A series of modular activities on different life science topics, such as biodiversity, growth and development, invasive species, genetics, insects, evolution, urban ecology and statistical analysis, are also being produced. These modules can be scaled to the needs of different classes and grade-levels or used over multiple grade-levels. For older students, survey data are available to be used in hypothesis-testing or exploratory analyses. Teachers are encouraged to modify the activities to their own needs and share success stories.

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Instructions on making insect surveys are available on our website. Taking pictures of the insects you find is optional, but encouraged. Your findings and optional images can be uploaded on are website as well.

Project Timing Annual, year round. Data gathering any time of year that you can find insects.
Website http://www.bugsinourbackyard.org
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Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At the beach, At night, While fishing, On a hike, At home, On a walk, run, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium
Class Materials https://www.bugsinourbackyard.org/modules/
Tags biodiversity, bugs, developmental biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, insect, invasive species, k-12, range expansion, urban
Project Updated 04/11/2017