Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard (Hardcover)
Fall butterflying, winter birding, spring frogging, summer ladybugging—learn about the techniques and equipment needed to enjoy contributing to the advance of knowledge of the natural world. Glossary, resources, bibliography. (8-14)
— From Science
Anyone can get involved in gathering data for ongoing, actual scientific studies such as the Audubon Bird Count and FrogWatch USA. Just get out into a field, urban park, or your own backyard. You can put your nose to a monarch pupa or listen for raucous frog calls. You can tally woodpeckers or sweep the grass for ladybugs. This book, full of engaging photos and useful tips, will show you how.
About the Author
Loree Griffin Burns, PhD., is the author of The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe and Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion, both ALA Notable books. She lives in Massachusetts.Ellen Harasimowicz also lives in Massachusetts and is a freelance photojournalist whose work has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and Scientific American.
"Whether they live in a city, in the suburbs, or on a farm, children can feel the excitement of being involved in real science."--Science
“…engaging…”--School Library Journal, starred
“...provides instruction for children interested in joining hands-on research efforts and highlights the contributions children have made in studying monarch butterflies, birds, ladybugs, and frogs.”--The Boston Globe
“Burns brings much-deserved attention to four remarkable scientific projects that enlist regular people in data collection.” --Horn Book
"For curious children and teachers alike, this is an ideal introduction to science activities that leave no child inside."--Kirkus“Throughout this handsome volume, exceptionally clear color photos illustrate the animals mentioned and the adults and children observing them.” --Booklist
Honors for Tracking Trash: ALA Notable Books for ChildrenSchool Library Journal, starred reviewKirkus Reviews, starred reviewKirkus Reviews Best Books of the YearBoston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor, NonfictionOrbis Pictus Recommended Books (NCTE)IRA Children’s Book Award, NonfictionFavorably reviewed in The New York Times (10/14/2007)Favorably reviewed in The Los Angeles Times (9/23/2007) Honors for Hive Detectives: ALA Notable Books for ChildrenBooklist, starred reviewKirkus Reviews, starred reviewJunior Library Guild SelectionAAAS/Subaru Science Books & Films Prize for Excellence in Science Books Finalist