Citizen Science Project
For my citizen science project, I went on zooniverse.com and completed the orangutan nest watch project. In this project, I had to use pointers to identify orangutan nests and fig trees. Because orangutan habitats are threatened due to changing land use, I did this to understand more about where they live and how to increase the chances of survival of these endangered animals. I really enjoyed being able to locate these nests in pictures of trees taken from a drone and recommend it to anyone who loves animals to contribute in this project.
6 May 2018
Zooniverse Project: Galaxy Builder
The Zooniverse Project I chose to do was Galaxy Builder. Galaxy Builder is a project in which one looks at pictures of galaxies and creates a model of them using the basic outlining tools given, which are meant to recreate the galactic disk, galactic bulge, galactic bar, and spinal arm(s) of a galaxy. These four outline tools work to build a simplified version of the galaxy over a picture of it, which is meant to help those researching them identify the type of galaxy and to notice any patterns between them. However, not all galaxies carry all four characteristics; some do not have bars or spiral arms. The models I created, along with the models that other volunteers created, will be compared with data that a computer receives. I enjoyed taking part in this project because I believe that it in learning about galaxies and the way they came to be will lead scientists to exploring space on an even larger scale that what has already been done. I hope hope my small efforts will help researchers in their future endeavors and help the world in general to have a better understanding of galaxies.
Victoria J Serna
For my Community Outreach Project I went to the Sundance Elementary School science fair and helped judge and grade science projects made by students ranging from grades k-8. Seeing the different projects was very neat because some kids actually put a lot of thought and effort into their boards and experiments. My favorites to look at were the younger kids because they thought of really cool experiments and the ways that they decorated their boards were cute and creative. There were even some funny projects and it made the whole thing very memorable. I think that it was a very fun experience and I hope we get to do this again!
Citizen Science Summary: Candid Camera
For this citizen science project, scientists had set up motion-activated cameras in the woods in New York. My job was to look through the groups of pictures that the cameras took and identify animals in them. Most often I saw squirrels and raccoons, but occasionally there were coyotes, deer, and rabbits. One group of pictures even had a huge vulture! However, sometimes the cameras were just triggered by wind blowing leaves or grass. This activity allowed me to help scientists catalogue the amount of different animals living in the different areas of New York’s forests, which helps them learn what animals need help in what places. They are working to conserve forests and the wildlife in those forests, so by helping to catalogue information, I am helping to conserve the wildlife as well. I think this is a really great project that I will definitely participate in again, and I had a lot of fun with it.
For the Citizen science project i got on zooniverse, and went to a project called snapshot safari, where it showed snapshots from cameras on the safari and I had to identify the animals in the photo. Either moving grass set off the camera, or I’m just really bad at finding them because of the 10 images i looked through, I only found 2 animals, and both were gazelles, and i didn’t realize there were different types of gazelles so it made it a bit more difficult to identify the 2 animals i saw.
On the zooniverse website I participated in the Space Warps citizen science project. What this project is about, is identifying and classifying gravitational lensing. Gravitational lensing is, based on Albert Einstein’s theory on general relativity, the bending of space caused by a massive object, therefore causing light surrounding such massive object to appear curved in its pathway. So what’s the significance of this phenomenon? Well, gravitational lenses act as magnifying glasses, allowing our telescopes to see farther into space. How cool is that? I had a pleasure participating in this project, and if you want to join in too, I encourage it, there is plenty of data waiting for you.