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Urban Science Adventure: Catching and Watching Fireflies

firefly lightening bug

What do you see when you go into your backyard in the evening time?  Most people don’t even think about being outside at that time until the warm rays of summer touch their skins.  Summer nights mean warm nights where you can be outside until dusk and beyond and see the wonders that Mother Nature [...]

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Sports and Sharks – James Jones and South Florida youth go deep for science outreach

Sharktagging RJ Dunlap Lab

NBA Player James Jones, formerly with the Miami Heat, is spending time with the youth he serves through his foundation tagging sharks. Yes! TAGGING. SHARKS! DOING SCIENCE! And having a ball. They spent the day on a research boat with the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program affiliated with the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of [...]

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Urban Science Adventure: 100+ things to do outside

Me holding a Fowler's toad

It’s summer. The kids are out of school. You want to keep them engaged and active. Most parents also want to keep them on track academically, but not necessarily with a strong hand approach to learning. I get it. Cultivating some old-fashioned out of doors play and reflection time is just what this doctor recommends. [...]

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Wordless Wednesday: I’m a mammalogist

This book was a graduation present when I got my PhD in biology. I was very happy to receive it. It is a great gift. Perhaps when at the end of my postdoc I’ll get a Smithsonian Book on African Mammals. I the meantime I’ll leave you this video of me doing mammalogists do, getting [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Urban Science Adventure: Pollination Observations

Dandelion being pollinated

In celebration of Pollination Week, June 18-24, I wanted to give everyone a few ideas for a great Urban Science Adventure Activity you can do this weekend.  Today, June 21st is also Summer Learning Day. Join communities across the country in celebrating the importance of summer learning. Summer Learning Day is widely supported by educators, [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Urban Science Adventure: Summer Fun and Summer Science

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The warmer weather calls us outside to run, jump and play. That goes for the kids and adults, too.  And while you’re out having fun with friends and family, be sure to keep your eyes and ears open. For what, you may ask.  For all of the nature that is beginning to emerge, sprout and bloom [...]

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Urban Science Adventure: Conduct your own backyard bird foraging experiment

I’m teaching Foraging Behavior in my Animal Behavior Class this week.  I was searching for some information in my files to share with my students to illustrate the concepts discussed in class: optimal foraging, foraging decisions.  I then came across this blog post I wrote but never published. I attended the 12 Biennial Conference of [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Wordless Wednesday: You’re a star

star shaped red leaf of sweetgum tree

Today’s Wordless Wednesday was inspired by yesterday’s post: Urban Science Adventure: Art and Science of Autumn Leaves. This star-shaped leaf is from a Sweetgum tree. This leaf shape is also called palmate, since it resembles the palm of the hand.  All of the leaf veins for each of the ‘fingers’ or points of the star all [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Urban Science Adventure: Art and Science of Autumn Leaves

colorful leaf rubbings

Why do tree leaves change color in the fall?  It’s a common question of curious kids (and adults). Why do the leaves of trees like the Sweetgum, Oak, Maple and Gingko go from hues of green to brilliant hues of yellow, gold, rust, orange, and red?  It all comes down to pigments. Pigments are the  color-holding [...]

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Urban Science Adventure: Make a model landfill (and support science classrooms, too)

typical landfill

What happens after you discard something into the trash can? Does it disappear? Does it simply go away? What happens to it? Well, those questions are the types of real inquiry, practical science that inner-city teachers like Mrs. Teece of Northwest Academy in St. Louis, Missouri, explores with her high school science students. In our [...]

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