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    Students Become ‘Citizen Scientists’ to Conduct Research on Bugs

    by Photo posted July 9, 2019

    Citizen science is a method of involving students and community members in scientific research and exploration using the same parameters as professional scientists.

    During the Huron River Watershed Council’s annual “Insect Identification Day” in Ann Arbor, Mich., students and volunteers identified insects to add to the group’s ecological survey. Such projects are part of a new wave of science learning that happens outside of classrooms and more directly links students to real research.

    “A long time ago, it was just regular people who were scientists. We should be giving the community a lot of opportunities to integrate in our field,” says Jason Frenzel, who oversees citizen science projects for the Huron River Watershed Council.

    Photos by Sylvia Jarrus

    Lakes monitor coordinator, Nikolas Krantz laughs with students on May 11, 2019, during the Huron River Watershed Council's annual “Insect identification day” in Ann Arbor, Mich. Students and volunteers in the community identified various bugs to aid the group's ecological survey.

    Niklas Krantz, a coordinator with the Huron River Watershed Council, laughs with students during the council’s annual “Insect Identification Day” in Ann Arbor, Mich.

     

    Lakes monitor coordinator Niklas Krantz studies a bug on May 11, 2019, at the Huron River Watershed Council's annual “Insect identification day” in Ann Arbor, Mich. Students and volunteers in the community identified various bugs to aid the group's ecological survey.

    Niklas Krantz studies a bug under a microscope.

     

    A water sample from the Huron Creek sits on a table on May 11, 2019, during the Huron River Watershed Council's annual “Insect identification day” in Ann Arbor, Mich. Students and volunteers in the community identified various bugs to aid the group's ecological survey.

    A water sample from Huron Creek.

     

    Ann Arbor resident Brian Carlson, 56, and his daughter Sophie, 16, inspect bugs in their water sample on May 11, 2019, at the Huron River Watershed Council's annual “Insect identification day” in Ann Arbor, Mich. Students and volunteers in the community identified various bugs to aid the group's ecological survey. They have been participating in the "identification day" event together for the past four years "It allows you to connect," said Brian Carlson.

    Ann Arbor, Mich., resident Brian Carlson, 56, and his daughter Sophie, 16, inspect bugs in their water sample. They have been participating in the event together for the past four years. “It allows you to connect,” said Brian Carlson.

     

    Dexter High senior Tavan Zadeh,18, smiles at senior Zane Aridi, 18, on May 11, 2019, during the Huron River Watershed Council's annual “Insect identification day” in Ann Arbor, Mich. Students and volunteers in the community identified various bugs to aid the group's ecological survey.

    Tavan Zadeh and Zane Aridi, both seniors at Dexter High School, in Dexter, Mich.,  joke around as they take part in an annual census of insects.

     

    A sample of bugs on May 11, 2019, at the Huron River Watershed Council's annual “Insect identification day” in Ann Arbor, Mich. Students and volunteers in the community identified various bugs to aid the group's ecological survey.

    A sample of bugs.

     

    Senior Jenna Kauffman,18, and senior Jillian Chesney,18, flip through a bug identification chart on May 11, 2019, during the Huron River Watershed Council's annual “Insect identification day” in Ann Arbor, Mich. Students and volunteers in the community identified various bugs to aid the group's ecological survey.

    Jenna Kauffman and Jillian Chesney, seniors at Dexter High School, in Dexter, Mich., flip through a bug identification chart.

     

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