|Participant Rating||5 stars||explanation of participant ratings|
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|Presented By||NC Museum of Natural Sciences|
|Goal||Collect house sparrow (HOSP) eggs & test management strategies|
|Task||Swap and/or collect and ship HOSP eggs; monitor nestbox outcome|
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People who monitor nestboxes can collect house sparrows eggs and send them to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Participants can opt to participate in one of four levels:
Level 1: Collector- Send house sparrow eggs to the Museum
Data collected from follow-up visits will help evaluate the effectiveness of house sparrow management strategies. The house sparrow eggs sent to the Museum will be photographed and analyzed to understand variation in color and speckling of house sparrow eggs across the United States. The eggs will eventually be analyzed for contaminants as part of research to determine whether house sparrow eggs are a useful indicator of human exposure to environmental contaminants.
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|Materials List||empty egg cartons, plastic Easter eggs, Press N' Seal plastic wrap, paper towels, box, cushioning material (neswspaper),|
|Special Skills||People who monitor nest boxes|
|Ideal Age Group||College, Adults|
|Spend the Time||outdoors|
|Type of Activity||At school, At home|
|Tags||bioindicator, bird, bird management, bluebird, caren cooper, contaminants, house sparrow, nc museum of natural sciences, nestbox, songbird, sparrow swap|
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The purpose of Sparrow Swap is to (1) build the egg collection at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science to support scientific studies of eggshell characteristics and any environmental contaminants the eggs may contain, and (2) determine the most effective ways for volunteer bluebird monitors of minimizing damage by house sparrows.
By enrolling in Sparrow Swap, you will be collecting, chilling, packaging, and shipping house sparrow eggs according to specified protocols, while providing information on the location of where house sparrow eggs originated. We keep all information about you, including precise information on nestbox locations, confidential and individual identities anonymous in all reports and publications. Project data are stored on a secure server in a password-protected database, accessible only to the researchers. Your identity will not be directly associated with any contaminants possibly found in eggs.
There is no compensation for participating; the benefit of participating is a better understanding of how the eggs of house sparrows in your nest boxes compare to eggs elsewhere, and how house sparrows in your next box respond to egg removals compared to house sparrows in the nest boxes of other participants.
Please remember that wild bird eggs, like any raw animal materials such as raw meats from the grocery store, may contain pathogens. Store house sparrow eggs in their own container in the refrigerator and always wash your hands after handling eggs.
If you have questions about the research, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you feel you rights as a citizen scientist in Sparrow Swap have been violated during the course of this project, you may contact Deb Paxton, Regulatory Compliance Administrator, Box 7514, NCSU Campus (919/515-4514).
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