Designed for science, math, technology teachers; new teachers are especially welcome
April 2. Invasive Plant Species: Coming to an ecosystem near you! Robin Harrington, Biology, Turners Falls HS. Invasive species are a threat to biodiversity worldwide, including in local habitats. Understanding of the process of invasion is the first step preventing further spread. Invasive species can be brought into the science curriculum in a number of places: plant growth and reproduction, dispersal, and even as a component of global change. Many students are aware of invasive plants in their neighborhoods or communities. We will focus on the characteristics of invasive plant species and their ecological and economic impacts. We will explore online resources and ideas for student research on invasive species and end with a walk on campus to identify local invasive plant species.
April 9. Mapping Nest Success in Migratory Birds. Dan Bisaccio, Director of Science Education, Brown University. Students craft artificial nests and eggs (and you will too!) of migratory birds and investigate the impact of forest fragmentation on nesting success. Locations of the nests are then mapped using GPS and nest disturbance analyzed. Through this hands-on field exercise students learn about global habitat connections and conservation issues for migratory birds. Students as researchers may then share their data with other students around the country using HabitatNet. Learn how to visualize nest disturbance data using maps while creating a nest and eggs to take home with you.
April 30. Weather Makeup. .
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