When I was a child, everyone had a butterfly collection and monarchs were everywhere. Now, monarch populations are declining and they're habitat is rapidly being lost. If we want monarchs fluttering by in more than our memories, they will need our help.
At Monarch watch, students can learn and participate in studies of monarch migration. Resources are also available for setting up waystations and helping in monarch conservation. Some of the research projects that you can be involved in include tagging monarchs, monitoring larval, and measuring size and mass. Monarch watch also has a database on tag recovery that you can search in order to find out how many tags have been recovered when and where.
Worm watch involves students in collecting, counting, and identifying worms. According to the web site, non-native species of worms, such as earthworms cause damage to forest ecosystems. Scientists at the University of Minnesota are enlisting the help of classrooms in doing surveys to count the number of earthworms at different locations. This information helps the scientists to understand the extent of earthworm spread and determine how badly the ecosystem has been damaged.
eBird is a joint project, powered by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University and the Audubon Society. Through eBird, anyone can enter and store bird observations, and learn about birds that others have seen. eBird has advice for identifying birds, instructions for observing birds and maps that show you where birds have been sited.
Subject: Web resources, Birds, Insects