Celebrating the International Migratory Bird Act with Citizen Science

(L-R, clockwise from top left) Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Fire Island National Seashore, and Sandy Hook, NJ.

(L-R, clockwise from top left) Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Fire Island National Seashore, and Sandy Hook, NJ.

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Quick Facts

GETTING READY FOR 2016:

A Call to Action
Action Item:
Live and Learn

On May 17, 2016 four schools from New York City, Long Island and New Jersey, participated in our first citizen science bird behavior study: "Day in the life of our feathered friends." This event celebrated the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and the signing of the International Migratory Bird Act, two important milestones for the National Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service. Special thanks to the staffs at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Fire Island National Seashore, and Gateway's Sandy Hook and Jamaica Bay units for participating, and to the National Park Foundation's Ticket to Ride program for funding the student transportation. The trip served as an introduction to natural areas to local students, few had ever been to their nearby park and refuge sites. Fourth grade students at all four sites became citizen scientists simultaneously collecting data on bird behavior, and sharing their results with each other via live chat. In return for their important work, students received Every Kid in a Park passes.