Exploring Local Species At Risk
|Bookable Type(s)||Full Day Field Study Online Presentation (approx 1 hr)|
|Location||This is a 2.5 hour workshop. Wasa Lake,Campbell lake ft steele, horseshoe lake, similar small lakes or large ponds/marshes. Joseph creek, pop park and rail museum park|
|Contact This Presenterfirstname.lastname@example.org or call 7785174377|
About the Program: Teaching students awareness of species at risk, concerns and biodiversity. Students participate in a citizen science research study which will help scientists and biologists collect data used to further assist the protection and management of species at risk studies in our area. Students will learn to begin to recognize similarities and differences between species at risk that are non native and native to our area, particularly focusing on native amphibians and invasive species. They will learn basic biology/ecology/life cycles/ of each species at risk that are located here in Cranbrook area. This program is a citizen science research survey that involves collecting, observing, investigating, recording and identifying species. Can be done till mid October and start in early spring.
• Students will utilize skills with their senses.
• Participate in a nature walk survey for toads, turtles, salamanders and newts, invasive species, vegetation and looking for juveniles.
• They will learn similarities and differences between species. Basic features and identification.
• Learn about local species at risk and lifecycle stages.
• Discuss facts, threats and ways how you can take action to protect these vulnerable species.
• The importance of habitat protection and how to create a healthy habitat.
• How to limit the spread of some invasive species and the impact they have on native species populations.
• Taking part in interactive game playing by learning what happens when invasive species are released into the environment.
• Learn how to identify species at risk and invasive predators.
• Basic ecology/biology of each species at risk.
Materials You Will Need to Bring: Please bring teachers, student and adult clip boards!! Dry erase pens and guide books and pamphlets of amphibian id if you have them. Student binoculars optional. Lined paper 1 for each student. Hand lenses, dip nets and buckets. RUBBERBOOTS, toilet paper just in case.
Please ensure the students are prepared for outdoor time with appropriate clothes hat , boots, insect spray, snack and water to drink. I appreciate having student names written on name tags/stickers so I may address them.
About the Community Educator:
I am an Applied Biology Technologist and Environmental Educator. Delivering engaging creative lessons of citizen science bio blitz studies to children in nature through science based education and modeling techniques. I am very passionate about the outdoors and love to share my ideas to children so it may one day spring that interest in them to become a biologist someday. I have lived in the East Kootenays most of my life and belong to many societies that conserve and restore, ecological integrity in our communities and beyond. I have a very strong background in native plant biology and wildlife/amphibian surveying. I want to bring back the excitement and curiosity about the environment that all children should have and give them a sense of wonder what's really out there.
"Patricia was very passionate about the topics and knowledgeable. She connected with students and made the lesson fun with all her materials to observe." - Anonymous
"Patricia spent a lot of time and effort creating and setting up stations for the students to work through. She was very knowledgeable about the topics discussed. Her passion and enthusiasm was contagious." - Lori (Lorraine) Graham