TVCS was visited by Heidi Ware on Tuesday. We talked about the importance of birds and why mapping migration is important information. A word we learned was "bioindicator". Bioindicators are species that can be used to monitor the health of an environment or ecosystem. Birds are easy to observe and are sensitive to changes in climate, pollution and habitat loss. (Sabriena)
Our visit from ornithologist, Heidi Ware, was great and we would love to tell you about it. She taught us the importance of citizen science. Citizens are important to science because there are many of us, we have time, we can attract birds to our schools, we can observe over many more locations together than scientists can do alone. We thought it was very cool where she told us our data was going. We liked the questions she presented to us and the moving bird maps of the US that are generated by e-bird. E-bird is the data base where citizen data ends up. The data can show if bird numbers are decreasing or increasing, environmental changes that affect birds, and migration routes and times. For 1 hectare of tropical rainforest, it would take 500 scientistis many years just to find all the living organisms. When citizens help, more information can be gathered.
The TVCS middle school is monitoring species of birds that are around the Morris Hill Cemetary-Bench area.
Village 7th grade class