Citizen Science Project
The citizen science project I chose to participate in was the elephant expedition project on zooniverse.org. I was drawn by this project because I have an admiration for elephants and I was interested to see why scientists wanted to keep track of them. After looking more into the task, I realized that scientists are trying to study the location of these animals by setting up hidden cameras and using motion detectors to capture photos of the elephants. They are doing this to protect the location from poachers who are trying to hunt the elephants for their ivory tusks. For this project, I had to view some of the photos that were captured and classify what was in the picture. Most of the photos contained elephants, however, a few of them were just pictures of shrubs and grass, and occasionally there was a photo of a gorilla or an indistinguishable creature. Overall, I thought it was really interesting to analyze these photos and do something to help a scientist conserve wildlife.
For this citizen science project I did on where you identified different species of fish in the ocean and you label them and for some say what they are doing. This is important because there is a lot of ocean and scientists cannot work to label all of it and need help due to the size of the operation. I learned about all the different types of fish and other species that live in parts of the ocean that I didn’t believe were that biologically diverse. This impacts the science community by easing the load on scientists and allowing them to do other tasks so they can do important that might be more important at that time.
11 December 2015
Citizen Science Project
Chicago Wildlife Watch After going through http://www.chicagowildlifewatch.org/#/classify, I learned the different types of animals that live in Chicago. Not only did I learn the types of animals inhabited in Chicago, but the type of foot prints they leave, the size of the foot prints, the space in between, and the seasons these animals usually walk around in. I learned that usually animals are tracked when snow falls, and the foot prints are clearly visible. There were animals that I did not expect to have such large paw/foot prints; these animals are usually really small, but their foot prints were not proportioned with their body size.
This project has revealed to me the types of animals in Chicago, and before going through Chico Wildlife Watch, I learned that there is more to the City of Wind other than the skyscrapers and the powerful winds gusting through the city. This website educated me on the color of the animals, their prints as they tread through snow, the length between each print, and their usual habitats within Chicago.
Science National Honors Society
Citizen Science Project
I did the Seafloor Explorer, I helped by identifying the different creatures and what the floor was covered in. I got to learn what different creatures look like on the seafloor and I learned how to identify the difference between dead and alive scallops. I got to see different types of seafloors. I did this project to understand how to identify creatures on the seafloor and see what fish in the ocean live on the floor. I feel like I know more about the ocean and what lives on the seafloor. I could teach someone about the creatures on the seafloor.
The project I chose involved identifying multiple species in pictures from the Gorongosa National Park. The scientist that track the animals here have collected thousands of pictures, and I was able to assist them by identifying all the species I could see in each picture. I decided to help with this project because I always enjoyed learning about animals in Africa, and how they live their day to day lives and interact with others species. In multiple pictures I saw Baboons and Warthogs occupying the same space with no hostility. Completing this project was actually quite enjoyable because I was able to challenge my previous knowledge of African species, even a couple Humans from time to time. If for some reason I was not able to identify one on the spot, I could look them up and use their features to distinguish them from other species they are often confused with.
For my Citizen Science Project, I chose Plankton Portal. Plankton Portal is an interactive activity that allows you to learn about different plankton and it teaches you how to determine the different types of plankton based on their size and shape. In the program I measured the length and width of several different types of Plankton, including Solmaris, Doliolid, and Thalasso plankton. I helped to determine the pattern between the depth of the ocean and the common types of plankton found at that depth. I chose this project because I am interested in the ocean and am fascinated by the unique creatures that are found very deep in the ocean. I find that the most unique animals are found in the ocean. After completing my part in this project, I feel more informed on the various types of Plankton and on how the presence of tiny life forms makes a large impact on the ocean. If the ocean did not have Plankton then the food chain would be completely thrown off.
Science National Honor Society, 11th Grade
This semesters citizen science project was rather interesting. I decided to change from the subject of astrology into wildlife because I have more passion towards wildlife.With that being said, I have never truly learned much about urban wildlife, because I did not think there was any. Well by participating in the Chicago Wildlife Watch my previous assumptions were wrong.
In the Chicago Wildlife Watch stimulation on Zooniverse the main goal was to look through a series of pictures and attempt to find and identify an animal. Mainly urban bounded animals such as squirrels, cats, dogs, and the exception of foxes and deer near the outskirts. Well, some pictures did not include an animal in it at all, but if you were to find one then you would do your best to identify it. Seeing how many of the pictures were taken at night, and unfocused the identifying would of been difficult without the identifying tabs to help. Fortunately these tabs included the animals coat, tail, body structure, it’s build, and what it may look like. Significantly helping me out.
All in all, the stimulation become a little boring as unnecessary photos kept on repeating themselves, but it was interesting otherwise. I did not know urban wildlife watching was even a thing until I clicked on it, o the outcome was positive in my opinion.
Chicago Wildlife Watch