|Presented By||Discover Life|
|Goal||To understand how ecological factors affect moths.|
|Task||Analyze moth data, photograph moths & upload, or help ID moths.|
|Where||Global, anywhere on the planet ,|
Moths are incredibly diverse, are ecologically important as plant eaters, pollinators, and food for songbirds. How will climate and other large-scale ecological factors affect moths?
Three components - choose any or all:
1) Moth Math - analyze over five years of moth phenology data, correlate with weather, find patterns. (Best for high school AP Bio or undergraduate intro bio, high school and undergraduate math).
2) Take photographs of moths at your porch light and upload to Discover Life, either our pre-selected "Dark Dozen" http://www.discoverlife.org/darkdozen and upload to Twitter or Instagram @darkdozenmoths (or if eager, photograph any other moths you find at your site and upload to an album on www.DiscoverLife.org).
3) Help us identify moths that you and others have uploaded, so that photographs become data. Participants can compare moths at their own site with moths from other sites, to answer their own original questions and do real science.
|How to Join|
Moth Math - Computer, internet.
|Special Skills||Moth Math: high school level mathematics and biology Dark Dozen: intermediate photography; computer, internet Moth identification: advanced entomology skills|
|Ideal Age Group||High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults|
|Spend the Time||outdoors|
|Type of Activity||At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium, At night, At home|
|Tags||climate change, identify, insects, math, moths, photography, STEM|
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