Westpark Curriculum night
Community outreach project
Being able to do projects with the younger kids was fun. When I was in grade school I remember SNHS coming to Westpark and doing a lab. I wanted to join SNHS because of that experience of them doing a small lab with us. Then when curriculum night came around I was excited. We got to choose which small lab to show the students. The lab I chose was to tie dye index cards, when the kids would take a seat they’d look at the shaving cream and food coloring in a weird way. But after mixing the colors and putting the index card in the mixture, and wiping off the colored shaving cream off the index card. The students were satisfied to see a colorful index card. I loved having to be able to show them something easy and fun, but very messy worth it though, because on my hand there was a small butterfly made out of the of colors.
Rio Salado Audubon Center
On October 21st, I, along with 8 other members of SNHS, did manual conservation work at a butterfly habitat at Rio Salado Audubon Center. I planted several, Asclepias erosa, or what is coined “desert milkweed plants”, for migrating monarch butterflies to feed on and host in. Other members also planted Calliandra eriophylla, or what is commonly called “fairy dusters”, for these butterflies to feed on. Along with conserving the environment for the survival in monarchs, we also removed invasive species of plants (i.e. bull weeds) from nearby plants.
Citizen Science Summary
On my trip to ASU I was introduced to anthropology. I was taught the basics of anthropology—Lucy; Lucy is one of If not the first of our ancestors to have been discovered by scientists. I was shown the similarities and differences between our skulls with primates who have been significant in the study of human development. I enjoyed seeing the different casts of animals on the tables; It allowed me to view and study their structure and compare it to my own, whether it was with my feet, hands, spine, or skull. One thing I learned that has stuck with me is the difference between human eyes and some other rather large eyes; humans had adapted to hunting and are still being active during the day, which is why we have grown to have much smaller eyes than other animals who hunt at night, showing how there are some similarities in our way of life even during the 21st century. Anthropology is not only the study of human development from out flesh and bones, but also a study of cultural development and human nature. It is seeing how our way of life has changed as the centuries have gone by, ranging from thousands to hundreds of years ago. Overall, the trip to ASU greatly expanded my knowledge on the study of humans and gave me background information on the history of humans and anthropology and some of its milestones.
For my citizen science project I was going through different photos of a rainforest taken from what I assume was a remote camera set up. I was meant to look for animals and either they’re really good at hiding or their was nothing their. In one photo in particular though I did manage to spot some type of monkey I wasn’t sure what it was but in the end it was the only thing I could find. Apparently the camouflage they evolved to use was fairly effective
Citizen science project:
For my citizen science project, I did chimp and see on zooniverse.com, I was shown different clips, with either a chimpanzee or another animal. This project, mainly focused on learning more about nature and human evolution. While watching these 15 second clips, I had to state whether there was an animal in the video, and what they were doing. It was an interesting project, because I got to see different animals that I’ve never seen in a zoo. But also interpret what that animal was doing.
Zooniverse Project: Snapshots at Sea
Snapshots at Sea is a project where I had to identify certain parts of whales and other marine mammals. The main goal of the project is to catch the underside of the whale’s and other marine mammal’s flukes. By identifying and sorting through the pictures and identifying an abundance of clear and useful images, I have helped the research team in charge of Snapshots at Sea find answers to questions they and many others that care for these creatures are asking. Some of these questions include how the populations of these marine mammals are doing, if they are recovering, and if they will be able to reach their former, once immense populations again. The point of identifying fluke’s is to mark pictures that will serve as a contribution to this study; scientists and others part of the non-profit organization will study identification marks on these pictures, as well as considering the regions these pictures come from, time of year, and other important factors that will ultimately lead to tracking or gaining knowledge on the progression of these species. I took part in this project because of the interest that I have for marine life. I have had a deep fascination for the ocean and its inhabitants since I was very young, so I am glad that I am of help in such an important study. I hope that my contribution to this project will help scientists have a clear idea of the progress that whales and marine mammals are making, and lead to finding solutions to how climate change, poaching, as well as other negative impacts in the world, can be prevented and stopped from harming them.
Screenshot showing my completion of project (there were no more pictures for me to identify.)
Citizen Science Project
I spent a few hours on the Wildwatch Kenya project through Zooniverse. It seemed simple enough. The site presented you with a picture and you said whether or not an animal was present and they had parameters you used to identify the animal present. Then you said how many there were, what they were doing, and if there were any young animals present. For the most part, the pictures were of empty skies and brush. It was really exciting when an animal popped up in the next picture. Then the hard part began: correctly identifying the animals. I worry that I may have classified the deer-like animals incorrectly. I looked for distinct marking and identifiers, but some were just too far away or out of focus for me to name with confidence. It was really cool to see animals I never knew existed, like the Guinea Fowl or the Zorilla. And the pictures of Zebras up close were stunning. I really enjoyed looking for the animals in the images; it was such an easy way to contribute to scientific research.